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Pakistan complete impressive 23 run victory

Javinder Singh | cricket20

Umar Akmal smashed an impressive 21 ball half century to help Pakistan gain revenge over Australia with a 23 run victory at Edgbaston.

The youngster, who hit a half century against Australia in the Twenty20 World Cup semi finals in the Caribbean was in destructive form once again smashing the fastest ever Twenty20 international 50 by a Pakistan player to help his side reach 167-8.

It was Akmalís 4th half century in international Twenty20 cricket and it allowed Pakistan to gain revenge over the Aussies who beat them in dramatic fashion in the Twenty20 World Cup semi finals in the West Indies in May.

Despite losing Shane Watson (0) and under pressure skipper Michael Clarke (5) earlier on David Warner (41) and David Hussey (34) built a strong foundation with a third wicket partnership of 52 before Hussey was dismissed by Shahid Afridi.

The Aussies continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and not even Michael Hussey (18) who smashed 60 from just 24 balls in that famous semi final victory could rescue the Aussies this time.

Having won the toss Pakistan bated first but they got off to a poor start losing opener Shahzaib Hasan (0) from just the 4th delivery of the inning after he was dismissed by Dirk Nannes.

With Hasan back in the dugout Salman Butt (13) and Kamran Akmal (23) enjoyed a second wicket partnership of 43 but their hard work was undone by a batting collapse after Akmal was run out by David Hussey.

Butt followed after the next delivery before Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi (0) was trapped LBW by Steve Smith 5 balls later to leave the home side 47-4.

With Pakistan in deep trouble Akmalís innings of 64 changed the course of the game and with support from Shoaib Malik (21) Australia were left with a tricky run chase which proved to hard to chase.

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