Pakistan vs Australia Third T20: Live score updates, commentary
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Pakistan v Australia
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL CRICKET STADIUM, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
3rd Twenty20 - PAK v AUS
|Australia 1st Inn||7/168|
|Pakistan 1st Inn||73 All Out|
|Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl|
|Australia won by 94 runs|
|. 1 1 1 . . |||4 . . . . . |||. . 1 4b . . ||
|Last Wicket:||Hasan, 0 (BWD:Starc)|
|Current Partnership:||9 runs, 16 balls, RR:56.25|
It is a fight to avoid a clean sweep for Australia when they take on Pakistan in the final T20I at Dubai tonight and you can join us at 2.00 am Australia time September 1 for live score updates.
While Pakistan enjoy an unbeatable 2-0 lead going into this third match, both teams will undoubtedly be looking for more competitive action in the final match to be played on Monday in the lead-up to World T20 2012.
Australia will be hoping for a win ahead of the ICC World T20 after conceding the series in front of a jam-packed crowd on Friday.
The match on Friday was undoubtedly one of the best advertisements for the shortest format of the game.
After several twists and turns, the teams still ended tied on the last ball before a Super Over decided the winner, again off the final delivery.
It was a result that would have pleased Mohammad Hafeez and Dav Whatmore and they will hope that the side can maintain the same intensity in this third match.
A few changes, however, are likely in the Pakistan line-up for the final match as they look to test certain players before the World T20.
Shahid Afridi might still not be risked risked after recovering from his thumb injury while Saeed Ajmal has been termed available following a shoulder injury that forced him off the field in the penultimate over.
Australia find themselves in a place they are not used to being. The defeat on Friday saw them slip to tenth on the ICC T20 rankings as their rating fell even below Ireland’s.
George Bailey, who became the fourth Australia player to lose a T20 international on his birthday, still remained optimistic about the team and suggested that there were plenty of positives to draw from that defeat.
Australia batted much better than they did in the first game, especially the under the pressure of a tough chase and lost only by a whisker. The performance should provide some portion of confidence back to the batsmen.
The batsmen for most part did a reasonable job of staying put with the target but were troubled by Ajmal and that is one area that they need to address swiftly.
Australia have announced a 12-man squad for the game and Glenn Maxwell has a chance to replace Cameron White in the starting line-up. The rest of them should remain the same.
Watch Glenn Mitchell's wrap of the second Test, where Australia were victorious early on the final day, winning by 218 runs and taking a 2-0 series lead into the third Test in Perth.