Watch cricket highlights from the 1st ODI - Pakistan vs Australia played at Dubai as part of the Chapal Cup (To South Indian users who might be wondering what?? - seriously, that’s the name of the company sponsoring this ODI series. It’s a single ‘p’, not a double ‘p’ there).
Scoreline + brief Highlights also available in video: Australia 168 all out in 38.5 overs - Shahid f***in Afridi - who cares if he’s not in the IPL if he can entertain like this - 6/38 - the best ever bowling performance by a Pakistan bowler vs Australia. Aus collapsed from 95/1 to 122/9 after Afridi and Saeed Ajmal (10-1-19-2) had the Aussies bamboozled - Boycott called it a treasure hunt - prize to the one who can find the ball.
Offspinner Ajmal in fact was spinning his doosras so much, there are many teams in world cricket who’d take a leg spinner able to do what Ajmal did in this game with his doosras.
The only reason Aus got beyond 122 was that Afridi finished his quota of 10 overs and Younus Khan adopted a fast bowling approach with 9 down. James Hopes did what he did in the recent series vs SA - battling with the tail.
Shahid Afridi wasn’t done though - with Pak messed up at 99/4 after a super start from Kamran Akmal (48) and not much to come, Afridi turned on Boom Boom lights and pulled out a very crucial cameo 24 (16) to ensure that Misbah (30) could see the innings through. In fact, Afridi’s fall came typically cos he couldn’t resist the possibility of smacking Hilfenhaus for his 4th consecutive 4, despite Misbah appearing to coax him against it.