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Defending champs burst into life against Aussies


After disappointing throughout the tournament Pakistan finally burst into life as the defending champions made light work of Australiaís bowling attacked smashing 191 runs to leave the Aussies with a mammoth run chase.

For the first time in the competition Australiaís bowlers and fielders were put under pressure as the Aussies seemed unable to change their game plan as the Akmal brothers both scored impressive half centuries to give Pakistan the advanatage.

Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt lead the way for Pakistan with an outstanding opening partnership of 82 before 19 year old Umar Akmal punished the Aussie bowlers later in th innings with some breathtaking big hitting.

Umar Akmal was the pick of the Pakistan batsman thanks to a wonderful half century which took him just 29 balls to complete and included 2 fours and 4 sixes.

The pair made light work of the Aussie bowlers who were pt under pressure for the first time in the tournament as the Pakistani batsman profited from some careless fielding from the Aussies.

The highlight of Kamran Akmalís innings was a massive straight six off the bowling of Shane Watson which almost landed in the lap of ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat who was sitting in the presidential box behind the bowlers arm.

Pakistan got off to a slow start thanks to some aggressive bowling from Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait. Nannes in particular was the most impressive bowling a maiden over to start the game.

Tait maintained the pressure by conceding just three runs in the next over before Akmal burst into life dispatching Nannes for consecutive boundaries to get Pakistanís innings finally under way.

The pair saw out Nannes and Taitís opening spells and quickly settled into a grove building a big opening partnership as the Aussies were unable ti find an early break through.

With the power play overs completed; Michael Clarke brought Steve Smith into the attack but the leg spinner conceded 15 runs including a boundary and a six as Akmal punished the Aussies after wicket keeper Brad Haddin had dropped Butt.

The pairs opening partnership reached 82 before Mitchell Johnson finally made a break through for the Aussies. Having brought up his half century was a cover drive Akmalís innings was ended 4 balls later when he was caught by David Warner out of the boundary.

Butt soon followed thanks to another fine catch from Warner as the Aussies tried to recover having been put under pressure by the Pakistan batsman.

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi enjoyed a 25 run partnership with Umar Akmal before Afridi (8) sliced a delivery from David Hussey up into the sky and although Haddin and Watson bumped into each other Haddin kept hold of the ball to dismiss Afridi.

With Pakistan under fire after the lose of three quick wickets Akmal and Khalid Latif relived the pressure by smashing 20 runs off just four balls as Clarke and Nannes both conceded a boundary and a six.

The pairís quick fire partnership of 31 only lasted 16 delivers before Latif (13) was caught by Warner but the acceleration by Pakistan put the Aussies back under pressure as fielding mistakes started to crept back into the game.

Akmal increased the pressure on the Aussies even further by dispatching Johnson for three sixes in the 17th over as the 19 year old brought up his half century in impressive style.

After losing their last 11 games against Australia in all three format of the game; Pakistan will be favourites to claim a place in Sundays final against England.

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