Cricket News sort by George John Bailey

Make no mistake. Pakistan have been the second best team in the tournament so far, next only to the ruthless Australians.

If it’s cricket, it cannot get bigger that India versus Pakistan. But, over the last decade or so, South Africa and Australia have developed a rivalry that runs Indo-Pak encounters close.

It is not often that Australia got into a major tournament low on hype. The on-going World T20 was one of those rare feelings for them. They were ranked behind Ireland, having been held to a draw in the T20s played in the West Indies and, more recently, had a tough time against Pakistan in the UAE.

Australia may have lost the T20 series against Pakistan, following the Super Over loss in the tied game, which pushed them below Ireland in the T20 rankings. Still, they have plenty to play for in the final T20 at Dubai on Monday.

After a sensational tie, the winner of the contest in the 2nd T20I was decided through the Super Over. Pakistan defeated Australia in the Super Over through an exciting last ball finish chasing down the target of 12 from 6 balls.

After an embarrassing night on Thursday, Australia must be down mentally ahead of the Second T20I at the Dubai International Stadium. The Aussies were humiliated in the opening T20I at this same venue when they were bundled out for just 89 and then obviously went onto concede a huge defeat.

Australia may not be the force they once were in world cricket, but they remain competitive nonetheless.

Australia worked extremely hard to clinch a 4-wicket win in the 1st ODI at Sharjah despite asked to chase a low target of 199. That was because of incredible bowling spells from Saeed Ajmal (10-0-30-3) and Mohammad Hafeez (10-1-29-2).

England won the final ODI at Old Trafford comfortably to clean sweep the NatWest Series 4-0. Australia as a result faced its worst ever defeat in 40 years in a bilateral ODI Series.