5 wickets fell in the last over of the T20 World Cup match, yet the bowler could not take a hattrick

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. So far, fans have witnessed many thrilling matches in the T20 World Cup. The match between Pakistan and Australia (Australia vs Pakistan) in the 2010 World Cup held in the West Indies can be placed in this category. In this match, during the Australian innings, 5 wickets fell in the last over…yes, 5 wickets fell and after the end of 19 overs, Australia, who were looking in a good position by scoring 191 runs for 5 wickets, were all out by scoring 191 runs in 20 overs.

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The interesting thing is that despite losing 5 wickets in the last over, the bowler who bowled it missed a hat-trick. This over was also a maiden. Another thing, despite losing 5 wickets in the last over, Michael Clarke's Australian team managed to win this match by 34 runs.

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The score after 19 overs was 5/191, the whole team was all out on this score
This match of the ICC T20 World Cup was played on 2 May 2010 in St. Lucia. In this match, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Shane Watson and David Hussey scored half-centuries. With the help of Watson's 81 runs in 49 balls (7 fours and four sixes) and Hussey's 53 runs in 29 balls (two fours and five sixes), the Australian team was moving towards a strong score. After 16 overs, the team's score was 162 runs for two wickets. It seemed that the Kangaroo team would easily cross the score of 200 runs, but in the 17th over, spinner Saeed Ajmal gave a double blow by dismissing Hussey and Watson. In his next i.e. 19th over of the innings, Ajmal also sent Cameron White back to the pavilion. After 19 overs, Australia's score was 191 runs for 5 wickets, but due to enough wickets remaining, the hopes of reaching 200 runs were alive.

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Aamir's magical over, 5 wickets fell, no runs scored

On such a crucial occasion, Pakistan's left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Aamir bowled a wonderful 20th over. 5 wickets fell in this over, including 3 wickets of Aamir. Brad Haddin was out on the first ball. Mohammad Sami caught him on the short third man boundary on a ball outside the off stump. Aamir bowled new batsman Mitchell Johnson on the very next ball with a yorker. He could not take a hat-trick on the next ball but Pakistan got another wicket in the form of a run out. Steve Smith could not connect another excellent yorker of Aamir. Batsman Michael Hussey (17) got out while running from the non-striker end in an attempt to take a bye run. The same story was repeated on the fourth ball of the over. New batsman Dirk Nannes missed another yorker of Aamir and Smith got run out in an attempt to steal a bye run. New batsman Shaun Tait could not connect the fifth ball of the over bowled outside the off stump and no run was scored on it. The last ball of the over and the innings hit Tait's pad and hit the wicket. In this way, 5 wickets fell in the over while no runs were scored. The Australian innings which reached a score of 191 after 19 overs, ended on the same score in 20 overs. Nannes remained unbeaten without scoring any runs. Aamir took three wickets for 23 runs and Ajmal took three wickets for 34 runs.

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Both teams were tied on the last ball of the innings
However, Pakistan could not achieve the target of 192 runs and the entire team was out on the last ball of the match after scoring 157 runs. Apart from Misbah-ul-Haq (41 runs, 31 balls, one four and two sixes) and captain Shahid Afridi (33 runs, 24 balls, three fours and one six), other batsmen failed. From Australia's side, Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait took three wickets each and Mitchell Johnson took two wickets and played an important role in wrapping up the Pakistani innings. The interesting aspect of the match was that the last wicket of both the teams fell on the last ball of the innings. The last wicket of the Australian innings in the form of Shaun Tait fell on the last ball of the 20th over while the last wicket of Pakistan was Saeed Ajmal who fell prey to Tait on the last ball of the innings.

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The Australian team reached the final of the T20 World Cup 2010. The interesting thing is that Australia again faced Pakistan in the semi-finals. Aamir again took three wickets in the Australia-Pakistan semi-final held in St. Lucia. In this match, Pakistan scored 191 runs in 20 overs by losing 6 wickets with the help of Kamran Akmal's 50 and his younger brother Umar Akmal's unbeaten 56 runs. In reply, Australia achieved the target by losing 7 wickets in 19.5 overs with the help of Michael Hussey's unbeaten 60 and Cameron White's 43 runs. Australia faced England in the final in which the Kangaroo team had to be content with being the runner-up after losing by 7 wickets.

Aamir is also included in the Pakistan team participating in the T20 World Cup 2024. He has got a place in the Pakistan team after returning from retirement at the request of the PCB, so fans will keep a special eye on the performance of this left-arm fast bowler.

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