Hussey Produces T20 Thriller Over Pakistan
If there is a limit to what can and cannot be done in a game of Cricket, no one has mentioned it to the young Aussies.They aim for the impossible, and time and time again they attain it.
Today was one such day when they demonstrated against Pakistan, once again, that the word “miracle” is not just a word in the dictionary.
When Pakistan batted and scored 191 runs in their allotted twenty innings, it was the 2nd highest score reached in the 2010 T20 world cricket tournament. Only Sri Lanka had scored more -- 195 runs against the West Indies.
Pakistan began their semi-final adventure scoring 82 runs by half-way, and without losing any wicket. It was only in the 10th over that they lost their first man. In contrast, Australia lost their opener in the 2nd ball of their very first over, their scoreboard showing only one run. By the time they scored one hundred runs, half of their side was gone and nearly 12 overs were consumed.
When the Aussie hard hitter C L White fell in the 17th over, the pundits had written them off for the game. They still had to score nearly fifty runs in only three overs, nigh impossible for any team - save Australia.
When Mohammad Aamer came to bowl the penultimate over, he was the most efficient of Pakistani bowlers. With 18 runs in three overs, he was looking pretty impressive, but little did he know that his last over would cost him almost the same runs that he had produced in the previous three overs.
Mike Hussey hit the first ball to the fine-leg boundary for four, then he scored twos from each of the next four balls and sent the last ball - an attempted yorker - to boundary through the deep midwicket. By the time Aamer understood what had hit him, the over was done.
It was a one-man demolition machine going full blast. Yet the match was hardly finished. 18 runs were required from the last over, a Herculean task by any standard. When Aussie tail-ender Johnson was facing the first ball of the last over, Pakistan was still the favorite to win.
Johnson could only score one run from that ball; however, that brought Mike Hussey to the wicket. The next two balls Mike hit over the ground, and then he hit a boundary on the following ball, leveling the score. From the last ball he needed only one, but Mike again cleared the ball over the fence for the maximum.
Pakistan was utterly dejected, being so close and yet so far. But even the gods would wish today that they had Mike Hussey’s cricketing hand. In this tournament, Mike Hussey proved that new heights can be scaled again and again, and the limit is only for the fallible.