Watson and Hussey shine for Australia
Shane Watson hit a superb 81 from just 49 delivers as he shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 98 with David Hussey to help Australia reach 191 setting Pakistan a tough run chase.
The Aussies got of to a fantastic start thanks to an aggressive opening stand by David Warner and Shane Watson who attacked the Pakistan bowlers showing why they are two of the most feared Twenty20 players in the world.
Warner found the boundary from the second ball of the innings to set the tone for his and Australia’s innings. Watson followed suit smashing Mohammad Hafeez for a six and a four in the third over as the Aussies accelerated quickly during the power play overs.
By the end of the 5th over, which Mohammad Aamer had conceded 11 runs from the opening partnership had reached 48 with Warner and Watson looking untroubled as the defending champs powerless to steam the flow runs.
Thankfully for Pakistan’s sake Warner tried one shot too many in the next over which was bowled by Mohammad Sami. The Aussies top edge a delivery to Umar Akmal on the square leg boundary who took the easy catch.
It was just the breakthrough Pakistan needed and they soon had reason to celebrate again after skipper Michael Clark (2) was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez at the end of the 7th over to leave the Aussies 67-2.
Despite the loss of Warner and Clarke, Watson carried on regardless smashing consecutive sixes in ninth over to bring up a well deserved half century.
Watson, together with new partner David Hussey continued to attack the Pakistan bowlers. With the foundations already built for a big score and with wickets in hand the pair went on the rampage building a partnership of 98 from just 50 balls.
After suffering a disappointing IPL tournament with the Kolkata Knight Riders Hussey showed why he is still one of the world best Twenty20 players smashing 4 sixes off the bowling of Mohammad Sami in the 15th over.
Eventfully the defending champs halted the onslaught thanks to Saeed Ajmal who removed Hussey (53) and Watson (81) in the space of 4 balls in the next over.
The wickets of Hussey and Watson gave the momentum to Pakistan who capitalised by dismissing Cameron White (9) in the 18th before Mohammad Aamer amazingly bowled a 5 wicket maiden over to end the game.
Brad Haddin (1) was the first to when he was caught by Mohammad Sami, Mitchell Johnson (0) was clean bowled before Hussey (17) was run out as was Steven Smith (0). Shaun Tait then managed to survive Mohammad Aamer’s 5th delivery before the bowler ended the game by bowling Tait (0) to complete a wild innings.
Despite the lose of those 5 wickets in a crazy final over Australia will still be happy having set Pakistan a total of 192 after being bowled out. The only concern for the Aussies is if Pakistan takes the momentum they built in the last couple of overs into their run chase.