Australia complete miracle comeback
Michael Hussey completed a miracle comeback to lead Australia to a sensational 3 wicket victory over a shell shocked Pakistan side who crashed out of the Twenty20 World Cup in dramatic fashion.
With 18 runs needed off the last over Hussey smashed three huge sixes to lead Australia to a stunning victory to set up an Ashes final against old foe England on Sunday at the Kensington Oval.
With Australia dead and buried Hussey smashed an incredible 60 runs from just 24 balls as the Aussies completed a miracle comeback which saw Australia score 53 runs from just 16 balls.
The defeat will leave Pakistan with many questions after suffering the biggest collapse in the history of international Twenty20 cricket by allowing Australia cruise to victory with a ball to spare having needed 80 runs from just 36 balls.
Hussey capped a miraculous comeback by smashing a huge six off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal to win the game and cue wild celebrations from the Australia dugout.
Faced with such a big target the Aussies couldnít afford to get off to a bad start, but David Warner (0), who was clearly rattled for the first time in the tournament gave away his wicket to leave Australia in deep trouble.
Having seen off Mohammad Aamerís first two deliveries Warner tamely cut the third ball of the over straight in the hands of Umar Akmal at backward point to give Pakistan the perfect start.
With his opener partner gone Shane Watson wasted little time in mounting a counter attack by smashing Abdul Razzaqís first delivery for a massive six over the midwicket boundary. New partner Brad Haddin followed Watsonís lead by scoring two boundaries as Razzaq conceded 15 runs in his first over.
Watsonís (16) counter attack lasted little more then an over before he was caught by Mohammad Aamer out on the long on boundary to leave the Aussies 26-2 after just 2.3 overs as the defending champs increased their pressure.
Haddin and Michael Clarke lead the Aussies recovery scoring 32 runs but having built the foundations of a much needed partnership the pair lost their wickets in the space of 7 balls to Australia 62-4 after 8.2 overs.
With nothing to lose Cameron White and David Hussey launched a ferocious blitz smashing 5 sixes in a quick fire partnership of 43 from just 25 balls before Hussey (13) was caught by Abdur Rehman off his own bowling.
With Hussey gone the Aussies needed another 87 runs from just 45 balls with the run rate creeping over 12.2 an over. With defeat seemingly on the cards White and new partner Michael Hussey made the defending champs sweat with a partnership of 34.
The pair continued to find the boundary with ease as the crowd was peppered with sixes as White looked to set up a frantic finish, but, having scored 43 from just 21 balls Whiteís innings was ended by Mohammad Hafeez who took an easy catch out on the boundary after White had tried to smash Mohammad Aamer for another six.
With a mountain to climb Steve Smith could only add 5 runs to the total before he was dismissed by Saeed Ajmal but Hussey remained at the crease to steer Australia to an amazing victory.
Having lost the toss and put into bat 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 the 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.