Teenager Aamer leads Pakistan to T20 series win over Australia
Teenage quick Mohammad Aamer took three wickets as Pakistan beat Australia by 11 runs in the second Twenty20 international at Edgbaston here on Tuesday to complete a 2-0 series win.
Australia, chasing 163 to win, were dismissed for 151 with 18-year-old left-armer Aamer taking three wickets for 27 runs in his maximum four overs --- the same figures as he returned during Pakistan’s 23-run win here on Monday.
The man-of-the-match struck early to remove openers David Warner and Michael Clarke before having Mitchell Johnson lbw late on to the delight of a pro-Pakistan crowd.
With just one wicket standing, a target of 19 off the last over proved beyond Australia and Shaun Tait was run out with two balls left. Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and fellow spinner Saeed Ajmal kept the pressure on with three middle-order wickets.
As was the case in their dramatic Twenty20 semi-final win over Pakistan in St Lucia in May, Australia’s hopes, with 35 needed off the last three overs, rested with Michael Hussey.
But the left-hander, whose dashing 60 not out turned that match on its head, was lbw to paceman Umar Gul for 25, featuring four fours, when he missed an ambitious reverse sweep.
Australia’s bowlers had done a good job in holding Pakistan to 162 for nine with left-arm quick Dirk Nannes striking twice in two balls to remove dangermen Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi.
Nannes finished with three for 30 while left-arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe, on his international debut, took three for 29 including two tailend wickets.
No Pakistan batsman made more than Kamran Akmal’s 33 although Aamer hit two sixes late on as he finished on 21 not out.
But no Australia batsman made more than David Hussey’s 33.
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