That's a frustrating result for Australia. Victory seemed well within their grasp.
They now face an extremely tough battle to end their Twenty20 World Cup drought, despite a masterclass from Glenn Maxwell which nearly stole victory from Pakistan in Dhaka. 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.
Losing David Warner and Shane Watson in the first over of the batting chase didn't help either.
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BOWLED!!!! Hogg is out on the final ball. Australia all out for 175 from 20 overs. A terrific win by Pakistan.
Hogg picks up two runs with the second last ball. Junk time now .... Pakistan getting ready to celebrate.
OUT!!! Another wicket. Haddin is caught in the deep as he went after a six. Australia 9-173. They might yet be all out. It has been a huge collapse after the Maxwell-Finch partnership.
Hogg gets bat on ball but they only get one run. 19 runs from three balls is the equation.
RUN-OUT!!! Starc goes as they desperately chase a second run from Haddin's shot into the off-side. The sharply hit shot was misfielded (a little harsh) and Haddin couldn't quite get back quick enough. The result? Starc had to turn back and was short of the crease.
Haddin hits down the ground but can't reach the fence. Two runs. 21 needed from five balls.
Bilawal Bhatti will bowl the final over. Fascinating choice ... he went for 30 runs in an earlier over.
Starc gets bat on ball but can't find the boundary. They take two runs and it's 23 runs needed from the final over. It's still possible.
25 runs needed from just seven more balls. Great bowling at the finish from Pakistan.
Two new batsman in Haddin and Starc are at the crease .... the task will be beyond them. Surely!!!
WICKET!!! A stunning finish. Australia looked home and hosed after Maxwell and Finch's brilliant partnership. Now it's lower-order batsman Coulter-Nile who goes ... clean bowled in the pursuit of runs.
What an over! 1-1 from Saeed Ajmal. Australia's equation: 30 runs from 12 balls.
BOWLED!!!! Finch goes after an excellent innings. Pakistan now the raging hot favourite once again. This has been a terrific over at the death from Saeed Ajmal. Finch (65 from 54 balls).
Just one run scored from the first three balls of the third last over ... pressure building.
So it's 31 runs needed from 18 balls. A tricky little equation. It's bound to come down to the last three or four balls. Maybe even the final ball. Australia has five wickets in hand and can ill-afford to lose another one.
OUT!!! Hodge chases a wide one, gets plenty on it, but Ajmal snaps up an extremely sharp chance at deep point. The batsman simply found a way to pick out the fieldsman. It was racing towards the boundary otherwise.
That man Brad Hodge comes to the wicket. Great to see him back playing for Australia!
WICKET!!!! Australian captain George Bailey goes cheaply. Afridi gets the breakthrough, sneaking past the batsman's defence with a tricky delivery. Bailey can only look back at his removed bails. Australia 4-146 (51.1 overs)
The equation is now 54 runs from six overs for Australia. Seven wickets in hand so that really doesn't pose a problem. Pakistan needs a strike bowler who can snare a couple of wickets. And quickly.
WICKET!! That man Maxwell goes, out to a slog sweep, but he's done his job. Afridi picks up the wicket and Ahmed Shehzad was the fieldsman with the safe hands. Maxwell (74 from 33 balls, strike rate: 224.34).
Here's the scenario: Australia needs just 70 runs from 54 balls. GAME OVER. Glenn Maxwell and, to a lesser extent, Aaron Finch have ripped this match from Pakistan's grasp. With eight wickets in hand (let's not forget Australia lost two batsmen in over No.1) it's basically a foregone conclusion.
Well, it had to said. Thanks Blakey!
Here's a chance ..... DROPPED!!!!! .... Maxwell goes after a low full toss outside off stump and it's juggled one, two, three times in the deep. But it's dropped. Sweeper Saeed Ajmal may have just cost the match for Pakistan.
SHOCKING OVER .... That over from Bhatti went for 30 runs. Australia races to the cusp of 100 runs and we've only just gone eight overs. Terrible, loose bowling.
WHOOOAAA .... Maxwell is forced to sharply duck a beamer from Bilawal Bhatti. He turns around and looks menacingly at the bowler. But he wins in the end ... not only was it a no-ball but it also went for four byes.
Maxwell is sizzling!!! Yet another six brings up his half-century. He races to 54 not out from 18 deliveries. We're in record-breaking territory.
Momentum swings wildly, but also sometimes progressively. Maxwell and Finch having no trouble finding the boundaries. The current run-rate (10.5) exceeds the required run-rate. So, just who was writing off the Aussies after losing two wickets in the first over?
This is now the highest T20I score for @Gmaxi_32. He is 30* off 12 balls and this show is starting to get big. Australia 2-44 (5) #wt20 — CA Digital Media (@CricketAus) March 23, 2014
Great hit from Finch. It was a cross-bat effort but so well hit .... Australia reaches the 50 mark. Finch giving more-than-able support to the big-hitting Maxwell.
So, here's the equation: Australia needs 148 runs from 90 balls. The run-rate is right on the money and they have steadied nicely after the early wickets of Warner and Watson. It's pretty even betting right now.
SIX!!!!! Maxwell clobbers another. He's in form. Maxwell races to 22 not out from just 10 balls. GAME ON.
Maxwell joins Finch at the crease and the work is all ahead of Australia. The positive is that should Maxwell be the man to build a big innings for Australia, he'll have plenty of time to do so ... well, we're looking for positives.
GONE!!!! Another one. Watson out caught behind. Australia in big trouble after losing two wickets in the first over! Zulfiqar Babar the destroyer, removing the two Ws with his crafty spin.
OUT!! Warner goes looking for runs, bowled by Zulfiqar Babar. He got a little cocky there, did Warner.
David Warner after being bowled with just the second ball of the innings. Photo: Getty Images
Australia's innings is under way and Warner finds the fence with the opening ball.
The stage is set for a compelling run chase. In all honesty, Australia wouldn't have banked on conceding so many runs. But they have the batsman, namely Finch and Warner, to certainly reach the target.
There's the innings. Pakistan manages 5-191 from its 20 overs. That's fine batting. Australia will lament a few missed chances. Pakistan owes plenty to Umar Akmal, who anchored the innings beautifully.
U Akmal 94 (54)
K Akmal 31 (31)
S Afridi 20 not out (20)
Brad Hogg (0-29 from three overs) was disappointing, but he wasn't the only culprit. Finch (0-18 from one over) wasn't given another look from George Bailey.
OUT!!! Umar Akmal goes in the final over. He had to choice but to go after the runs and he couldn't quite manage this full toss from Starc. Maxwell takes a safe catch in the outfield. A fine innings from Akmal ends.
Afridi gets right underneath a Bollinger delivery but luckily his skied shot falls safely as Finch approaches in the deep. A good over this one at the death from The Rug.
We're 18 overs down and Pakistan is 4-174. The magical 200-run mark is still within reach. Umar Akmal has anchored this innings, scoring his 89 runs from 50 deliveries.
OOOHHHH ... Hogg puts down a sharp chance. He leapt at full effort and couldn't drag down the ball with his one outstretched hand. That's another missed chance for Australia but, in fairness, this one was really tricky.
WHACK! A huge six down the ground from Sharad Afridi. Watson can only walk back to his mark with his head bowed. Afridi slammed it deep into the stands behind mid-wicket.
GOT 'EM! Coulter-Nile snags his second wicket. New batsman Sohaib Maqsood cops a yorker and he can't keep it out. Pakistan 4-147 in the 16th over.
OK, 15 overs into Pakistan innings and they are still a chance to crack the 200-run mark. Umar Akmal has 70 runs from 40 deliveries. Coulter-Nile coming into bowl.
A voice from the past ...
Australia fielding terrible today— Damien Martyn (@dmartyn30) March 23, 2014
OUT. Well, what an important breakthrough. Kamran Akmal is caught by Warner at deep point. The batsman simply picked out the fielder and couldn't put away this delivery. That's Coulter-Nile's first wicket. Akmal's 31 came from 31 deliveries. Crisp batting.
Pakistan 2-114 from 12 overs. Shocking over from Finch (0-18 from one over). Umar Akmal doing most of the damage but opening bat Kamran Akmal is giving great support.
WHACK! Umark Akmal takes the long handle to Finch! Gee, this is a big over. Already two sixes and a four from the first five deliveries.
Pakistan reaches its century. This partnership is zooming along. They've put the pedal down in recent overs and not relented.
Pakistan 2-83 at the halfway mark. Innings well on track. Watson's latest over goes for 14 runs. Bailey has reasons to be concerned. Hogg onto bowl next.
DROPPED!!! A sharp chance to Bollinger goes begging. Momentum is swinging well and truly Pakistan's way.
Run-rate is on the rise. Hogg goes for 13 runs first up. Akmal and Akmal quite settled now. Pakistan 2-69 from nine overs. A critical couple of overs coming up. If Pakistan manages to crack the 100-mark from 12 overs, they'll be suitably pleased.
DROPPED!!! A fierce chance on the boundary is put down by Brad Hogg. Gee, that was sharp. 14 runs from the over. Pakistan 2-56 from eight overs. Hogg's reward? Have a bowl old fella!
There's the 50 for Pakistan. They are starting to swing wildly now! They really have no choice.
Pakistan 2-42 after seven overs ... a very clean run-rate. The two batsman - Akmal and Akmal (ala Johnson & Johnson) - will look to open the shoulders and start swinging in the next few overs. Wickets in hand.
Akmal is just meandering along, the opener has seven runs from 13 deliveries. Watson coming in for his second over now.
A successful first over from Watson, 1-5. Australia makes its second change with Coulter-Nile coming into bowl.
OUT!!!! Watson strikes early. Captain Mohammad Hafeez is gone, out bowled. The stumps are shattered.
A costly second over for Bollinger, featuring two boundaries. Pakistan 1-25 from four overs. Shane Watson into the attack.
Steady progress for Pakistan. 1-14 from three overs. You get the feeling a competitive total for Australia to chase would be around 160-170. Time to get a wiggle on.
Alright, let's get this observation out of the way early. The team uniforms are simply too similar! Both nations are in dark green. And the umpires are also in a dark tone .... purple. Just not thinking of the fans watching on TV. Of course it's not like footy or soccer, but better choices should be made.
The Big Fella strikes!!! Bollinger removes Shehzad, caught and bowling. He's overjoyed.
Plenty of action in the opening over. Batsman chases a wide ball and 'clumps' the ball. It goes through to the 'keeper and there's some chance it's out. Decision pending.
We've away. Basically a defensive shot from Shehzad finds its way to the boundary on the off-side. Mitchell Starc bowling first.
The fans are out and about and already having their say ...
So, Doug Bollinger is back in Australian colours. Does anyone remember the last time 'The Rug' wore the national colours?
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Brad Hodge, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Brad Hogg, 11 Doug Bollinger.
Pakistan: 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sohaib Maqsood, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Bilawal Bhatti, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Zulfiqar Babar, 11 Saeed Ajmal
Brad Hodge hits the winning runs against South Africa. Photo: Getty Images
Australia's captain George Bailey has won the toss and chosen to bowl first against Pakistan in Mirpur. We'll take a look at the two teams in just a moment.