Akmal Brothers set Australia huge target of 192
GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia: The Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar, struck half-centuries as defending champions Pakistan set Australia an imposing 192 to win their World Twenty20 semi-final here on Friday.
The highest successful run chase in this tournament came on the same St Lucia ground when Sri Lanka eclipsed India''s 163 in their final Super Eight game on Tuesday.
In an innings that began with a Dirk Nannes maiden, opener Kamran made exactly 50 before big-hitting younger brother Umar followed up with a blistering 56 not out as Pakistan Pakistan amassed a huge 191 for six to register the joint second highest total in this tournament..
Pakistan, sent in by Australia captain Michael Clarke after rain delayed the scheduled start and threatened to bring the Duckworth-Lewis system, thought to favour the side batting second, into play, made a fine start.
Kamran Akmal and left-hander Salman Butt (32) shared a first-wicket stand of 82 in 9.4 overs and then 19-year-old Umar Akmal lashed four sixes in his 56 from 35 balls.
At the end of the six-over powerplay, Pakistan were 40 without loss.
Kamran completed a fine fifty, his fifth at this level, off just 32 balls with two sixes and six fours. But he was out for exactly 50 after David Warner, running round from the extra-cover boundary, took a fine diving catch off Johnson.
At the halfway mark Pakistan were well-placed for a large total at 85 for one and it, seemed that, at the very least, this would now be a closer match than the first round group fixture between the side that Australia won by 34 runs on this ground.
After Butt was out, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and Khalid Latif both fell cheaply but it scarcely mattered as 106 runs came in the second 10 overs.
Umar Akmal smashed Johnson for two enormous sixes, the second a crunching pull over midwicket that saw him to fifty in just 32 balls.
Should no result at all be possible because of bad weather, Australia will be in the final as they have won more matches at the tournament than Pakistan.
Whoever wins this match will face England, who beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first semi-final, in Sunday''s final in Barbados.