Saturday, September 8, 2012

Razzaq's last laughs over Cummins

Twice in the span of three overs, Pakistani All-rounder Abdul Razzaq enjoyed the last laugh over Australian Pacer Pat Cummins, as the former saw his side through with both bat and ball during the course of Second Twenty20 International at Dubai.

Just a couple of days after being routed for eighty nine (89) on the way to a seven (7) wicket hiding, Australia scrapped to an enthralling tie. They owed much to the Captain George Bailey, who compiled the most critical and substantial innings of his T20 Career to date. Ten (10) were required off the final over, bowled by Razzaq, and Pakistan were expectant when Bailey fell. Cummins conjured a stunning six from the penultimate ball to level the scores, before miscuing the final delivery for a simple catch to force the use of the Super Over.

But it would be Pakistan's Players who were to be jubilant after the extra deliveries were completed. Umar Gul conceded only one boundary in his Super Over while claiming David Warner's wicket, and the 11 runs Pat Cummins had to defend were to prove too few, the teenager delivering a motley collection of short balls that betrayed the draining effect of the contest and offered meat and drink to Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq. It was unfair that Cummins be left the loser, for it was he who struck a mighty six to tie the match up.

Muhammad Hafeez's Team celebrated their victory in the minutes after midnight in Dubai, yet George Bailey's Australians could also take solace from a much-improved display.

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