Northampton: Pakistan completed preparations for two Twenty20 internationals against Australia at Edgbaston with a six-wicket win over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road here on Saturday.
Although Zimbabwe’s Elton Chigumbura made 58 not out and Alex Wakely 55, Northamptonshire’s total of 133 for three rarely looked like troubling a Pakistan side for whom off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took one for 15 in four overs.
In reply, Pakistan completed victory in the 16th over, thanks mainly to Shahzaib Hossain’s 64 and captain Shahid Afridi’s dashing 42 off 13 balls. Australia beat Pakistan by three wickets in a thrilling World Twenty20 semi-final in Saint Lucia in May when the teams last met in international cricket’s shortest format.
It seemed Pakistan, the defending champions, had the game all but won only for Michael Hussey’s unbeaten 60 to seal victory for an Australia side who subsequently lost to England in the final.