Playing as one-unit Pakistan spun out Australia by seven wickets in the opening match of the Twenty20 series played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan should keep their winning momentum in today’s (Friday) second Twenty20 internationals to get unassailable lead that will put Australians under immense pressure and help Pakistan winning the series.

Pakistan batsmen, fielders and bowlers carried out their job superbly and proved their credentials in every department of the game but they now need to maintain it to register whitewash against Australians.

It was the biggest defeat to Australia as Pakistan achieved the target in 14.3 overs after losing just three wickets. Kamran Akmal 31 remained the leading run scorer followed by Imran Nazir 22 and Hafeez 17. Hafeez got man of the match awards for his all-round show. Australian bowlers tried their best to restrict Pakistan but failed in their attempt. Hilfenhaus, Cummins and Watson got one wicket each.

Earlier, Pakistan bowlers destroyed the Australian batting to restrict them to 89 runs all out in 19.3 overs. New-look Australia slump to their lowest total in a complete T20 innings since 2005 as Pakistan put in an outstanding all-round effort with the ball and in the field. This total was their second-lowest T20 total of all time and their lowest since they had 79 all out against England in Southampton seven years ago, in what was the second T20 international ever played.

Saeed Ajmal, M Hafeez and the debutant Raza Hasan each picked up two wickets and provided the regular breakthroughs, combined with the large boundaries, starved Australia of runs. It was for the first time when Australians failed to hit a six in a T20 since another game against Pakistan in Dubai, back in May 2009, and they managed only three fours, all of which came from the openers Shane Watson and David Warner.

Pakistan picked up early wickets and applied pressure throughout the innings, holding their catches and rotating the bowlers to deprive the batsmen of the chance to settle. The Australians had entered the game with a long batting line-up but it did little for their chances in the match as only three men reached double figures.

Warner top scored with 22 from 25 balls but Warner and Bailey provided a slight recovery with a 33-run stand that helped them to save Australia from collapse. Hasan’s claims first international wicket in the shape of David Hussey who failed to clear the man at long on was caught.

Australians were still unable to learn Ajmal’s variations especially his doosra. Maxwell was caught at deep square leg off Ajmal for four and next ball White failed to read Ajmal and was bowled for 15. Xavier Doherty survived the Ajmal’s hat trick. Tanvir finished off the tail to end up with three for 13.

Though Australia lost the first Twenty20 but it is feared that they will come back strongly after assessing their shortcomings in the first Twenty20 and if they did so, there are chances that Aussies will come back and try to win the series.

Pakistan team now should chalk out strategy for the today’s (Friday) second Twenty20 match to get unbeatable lead against the Australians. The T20 victory will boost Pakistan chances in the World Twenty20 Cup to be played in Sri Lanka.

The win will also boost the team’s morale after losing ODI series against the guests. The PCB should keep an eye on Akmal brothers and Hafeez to monitor their activities in and outside the ground so that there won’t be any mishap and controversy with the team and its performance.