Pakistan prevail in super-over drama
Australia suffered the ignominy of falling to second-bottom in the ICC Twenty20 world rankings after a super-over defeat against Pakistan in Dubai.
The result means the tourists are now below Ireland in the table ahead of this month’s ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka as Pakistan wrapped up a a 2-0 victory in the three-match series.
The hosts reached 151 for four after winning the toss but in dramatic circumstances Australia levelled the score for the loss of eight wickets, leading to a super over, where Pakistan prevailed by the skin of their teeth.
Despite defeat, the performance was a marked improvement from George Bailey’s side, who were bowled out for 89 and crashed to a seven-wicket defeat in the first match.
But Pakistan looked to have set a challenging total, as Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed - who both scored 45 - put them into a decent position.
Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal struck six fours in his unbeaten 43 off 26 balls to help Pakistan set a victory target of 152.
Mitchell Starc finished with 1-17 from his four overs to finish as the pick of Australia’s bowlers.
In response, David Warner and Shane Watson got the tourists off to a decent start by scoring 31 and 33 respectively, although wickets fell at regular intervals to undermine their chase.
Bailey struck 42 off 27 balls to leave Australia needing 10 from the last over but Pat Cummins was dismissed by Abdul Razzaq's final ball, having hit a six to tie the scores.
In the one-over eliminator, Warner and Watson struck 11 off Umar Gul, but Umar Akmal and Razzaq reached their target of 12 from Cummins’ last delivery.