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Australia falls short of Pakistan T20 target

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DHAKA, March 23 AAP - Australia face an uphill battle to end their Twenty20 World Cup drought, despite a masterclass from million-dollar man Glenn Maxwell which nearly stole victory from Pakistan in Dhaka yesterday.

A horror night in the field was nearly papered over by Maxwell's pyrotechnics, in which the powerful right-hander struck a blistering 74 as Australia were bowled out for 175, falling 16 runs short of Pakistan's target of 192.

Australia's task seemed mountainous when dropped catches and general sloppiness helped Pakistan's brothers Akmal, Umar (94 off 54) and Kamran (31 off 31).

Both brothers, as well as Shahid Afridi (20no), were dropped in an uncharacteristically poor day in the field by the Australians - Umar proving the most costly after being dropped on 22 by veteran spinner Brad Hogg.

The target looked improbable when top order stars David Warner (4) and Shane Watson (4) fell in the opening over - before an extraordinary display of power-hitting from Maxwell gave hope for the tourists.

Dubbed "The Big Show" by teammates for his explosive match-winning ability, Maxwell earned a $1 million Indian Premier League deal with the Punjab XI this year.

And he gave an example of why, blasting six sixes, seven fours and narrowly surviving a nasty beam-ball from pedestrian paceman Bilawal Bhatti.

Opener Aaron Finch played the sidekick, finishing with 65.

"To get ourselves to a stage where we needed 70 off 60 shows a lot of promise," captain George Bailey said.

"Two outstanding innings from 'Maxy' and 'Finchy' so that's really good for us, but absolutely, from there you'd like to think you can finish it off."

Maxwell brought up his 50, the equal fastest by an Australia from just 18 deliveries, with a towering six over long on and added 118 runs along with Finch for the third wicket before being caught on the boundary.

"(Maxwell) was outstanding," Bailey said.

"That's exactly why he's batting in that position for us. We know he's got the power, we know he's got that shot-making (ability).

"But I thought it was a mature innings too; he picked gaps at time as well, he went up and down in momentum as was required."








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