Australia beat Pak in thrilling T20 match

MELBOURNE: Australia made it nine wins out of nine in all formats of Pakistan's tour with a two-run victory in a thrilling Twenty20 international in Melbourne today.

David Hussey struck two sixes in an unbeaten 40, Michael Clarke quickly compiled 32 and David Warned scored handy 24 but Australia wasted eight balls as they were all out

for 128 in 18.4 overs.

Shaun Tait then bowled the fastest ball ever recorded in Australia, 160.7 km/h, and Pakistan were reeling on 10-2. Kamran Akmal fired seven fours and two sixes in a stunning 64 off 33 balls but Tait took 3-13 in Pakistan's 125-9.

It was a fine performance in the field from Pakistan, who looked thoroughly revitalised having been whitewashed 3-0 in the Test matches and 5-0 in the one-day series and seen their star all-rounder Shahid Afridi banned for biting the ball.

But having been skittled out in the penultimate over Australia eclipsed it, Tait striking terror into the batsmen with a fearsome spell. Tait's delivery in his opening over was the third fastest ever recorded, behind Brett Lee's 160.9 and Shoaib Akhtar's 161.3, which were both at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

Pakistan seemed set to fold, but they were reprieved superbly by Kamran. The 28-year-old turned the match around with some spectacularly clean hitting. When Steve Smith drew Naved out of his crease it looked all over for Pakistan but Gul drove his first ball over long-on for six and with 12 balls left 12 runs were required.

When Gul was bowled by Nannes having moved completely across his stumps, 10 were needed from the final over, bowled by Watson, which became six from the final ball, and though Mohammad Asif hit it for four Pakistan saw another match slip away.

Kiwis win

NAPIER: Jacob Oram's superb 83 off 40 balls helped New Zealand on their way to a crushing 146-run win over Bangladesh in the first one-day international on Friday. The all-rounder provided an astonishing late onslaught as the Black Caps posted 336-9 from their 50 overs. Peter Ingram (69), Ross Taylor (51) and Neil Broom (71) made significant contribution, while Shafiul Islam took 4-68 for the tourists.

Tamim Iqbal hit 62 in reply, but five batsmen fell for single-score figures as Bangladesh slumped to 190 all out. Andy McKay, Oram and Martin Guptill shared six wickets, while captain Daniel Vettori led the way with 3-33 from 10 overs. Bangladesh never looked capable of matching the Black Caps' scoring rate, especially as Broom and Vettori had taken 22, 17, 14 and 25 runs off the first four batting powerplays. Broom and Oram then added 123 in just 11.1 overs as the hosts put Bangladesh to the sword in emphatic fashion with the bat, before running through the tourists' batting line-up with the ball.