16th Match Group 2 T20 World Cup – Pakistan vs Australia Live Match Score & Updates | PAK vs AUS Live Sunday March 23, 2014
Match Overview & Live Updates
Pakistan’s Umar Akmal celebrates after scoring a half century as teammate Kamran Akmal (R) congratulates him during their ICC Twenty20 World Cup match against Australia at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
T20 World Cup – Pakistan vs Australia Live | PAK vs AUS T20 match live
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date: Sun Mar 23
Time: 09:30 GMT | 15:30 local | 15:00 IST | 14:30 PKT
Toss: Australia, who chose to bowl
Umpires: RA Kettleborough and NJ Llong
TV umpire: HDPK Dharmasena
Match referee: ; RS Madugalle
Reserve Umpire: RK Illingworth
Match Updates & Result
Australian captain George Bailey won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat in the World Twenty20 Super-10 group two match in Dhaka on Sunday.
Group 2 16th T20 Match Preview
Pakistan are all set to take on Australia in an important match today in Mirpur where a victory will ensure their safe journey as the tournament progresses.
For Australia, this is where it all begins, the push for that elusive World T20 title. George Bailey’s men enter this tournament with five wins from their past five games but those were all in vastly different conditions in Australia and South Africa. The slower pitches in Bangladesh will provide a new challenge, although the massive opening stand of 113 from eight overs between David Warner and Aaron Finch in the practice match against New Zealand in Fatullah was encouraging.
Pakistan’s campaign started with a defeat at the hands of India on Friday and while one loss might not hurt their overall chances too much, two from two would make it difficult to fight back into the tournament. It was a lacklustre batting display that set Pakistan on the road to defeat and that is where they require a big improvement in this contest. If any team in world cricket is capable of following a shambles with a success two days later, it is Pakistan.
These teams have not met in a T20 since the group stage of the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka, when Pakistan cruised to victory thanks to their spinners. And that is the big danger for Australia once again. For all of the power in their batting line-up, most of their biggest hitters are happier when the ball comes on at pace than when dealing with tweakers with tough variations. And with India and West Indies also in this group, this match will be a pointer to how Australia might handle similar spin challenges later in the tournament.
The 16th T20 Match of Group 2 between Pakistan vs Australia is being played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur today on 23rd March at 09:30 GMT, 15:30 local in Mirpur, 15:00 IST in India and 14:30 PKT in Pakistan.
You can catch ball by ball coverage with commentary and live scores along with batting, bowling and fielding statistics for the Group T20 match of PAK vs AUS here on Cricket.com.pk – You can also read Pakistan vs Australia match updates and match report after the match is over.
Pakistan vs Australia Squads
Pakistan Team: (From) Mohammad Hafeez (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar
Australia Team: (From) George Bailey (c), Doug Bollinger, Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wk), Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White
(completed matches, most recent first)
Australia allrounder James Faulkner will miss the game, as he is yet to recover from a knee injury. It could mean that Daniel Christian retains the bowling allrounder spot. For Pakistan, It was Pakistan’s batting that let the side down in their loss to India and the only backup batsman in the squad is Sharjeel Khan. However, given that spin is likely to be their trump card against Australia, they may play two seamers rather than three and bring in the left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar.
Stats and trivia
- Australia and Pakistan have met in 11 T20s – Pakistan have won six, Australia four and there has been one tie, which Pakistan won in a Super Over
- The Pakistan side features the three top wicket takers in T20 internationals: Saeed Ajmal (82), Umar Gul (75) and Shahid Afridi (73)
Bangladesh hosts the fifth World Twenty20 with a total of sixteen teams participating for the first time. An all important match for Pakistan with one match already down, must look forward to winning with big margin against Australia who are struggling with players being injured at the moment.
Pakistan vs Australia Live Streaming of T20 Match
Several TV companies are offering live telecast of cricket matches on internet, and watching this online is a safe bet if one is not near the television.
Check out the official online websites for live streaming of Pakistan vs Australia t20 clash here:
- starsports.com/cricket/video/ (in India only)
- espn.go.com/watchespn/ (North America)
- ptvsports.tv.com.pk/ (in Pakistan only)
- sports.ptv.com.pk/livestreaming.html & http://sports.ptv.com.pk/LiveStreaming.asp (in Pakistan only)
- youtube.com/user/willow/Custom (Willow tv free official subscription via Youtube)