Saint Lucia: Pakistan cricket fans mourned as Australia easily defeated the defending champions in the ongoing World Twenty20. Pakistani batsmen were only able to put up 157 runs in a chase against Australia’s daunting 191. All-rounder Shane Watson top-scored with 81.
Together with David Hussey, he put on 98 in under nine overs for the third wicket.
Hussey dropped on 18 at long-off by Salman Butt, a relatively easy chance, went on to make 53 off 29 balls with five sixes and two fours.
Hussey was especially severe on seamer Mohammad Sami, striking him for 28 runs in the 16th over with the batsman striking four sixes, including three in a row.
Eventually Hussey holed out off Saeed Ajmal and, three balls later, Watson (UPDATE 03/05/10) was lbw to the off-spinner to leave Australia 164 for four in the 17th over.
There was though an extraordinary end to the Australia innings with five wickets going down for no runs in six balls during the last over from fast bowler Mohammad Aamer.
Brad Haddin was caught off the over’s first ball, Mitchell Johnson clean bowled off the second with both Michael Hussey and Steven Smith run out by direct hits from wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal as they tried to run byes.
Shaun Tait survived the fifth ball but was bowled off the last for nought.