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Hussey takes Australia to T20 final
Batsman smashes three sixes in four balls to hand Australia remarkable final-over win.
Last Modified: 15 May 2010 03:26 GMT
Hussey finished with an unbeaten 60
off 24 deliveries [AFP]

Australian batsman Michael Hussey hit three sixes off four balls to hand his side a three-wicket win over Pakistan in the final over of Friday's Twenty20 World Cup semi-final in St Lucia.

Hussey finished with an unbeaten 60 off just 24 deliveries to book Australia's place in Sunday's final against England after watching his team slump to 62 for four as they tried to overturn reigning champions Pakistan's imposing 191-6 total.  

Cameron White hit five sixes off 31 balls to get Australia back in the game, but victory still looked unlikely after he was dismissed in the 17th over leaving his side needing 53 runs from 21 balls.

Hussey laid groundwork for a thrilling finale in the penultimate over, with some sensible batting that netted him two fours and four twos.  

Mitchell Johnson pushed a single off the first ball of the final over, giving Hussey the strike with just five balls remaining. Facing spin bowl Saeed Ajmal, the left-hander threw caution to the wind, with spectacular results.

He immediately pulled a short ball over mid-wicket for six, signalling his intent for the final four balls. He then smashed the next delivery out of the ground. With two balls left Australia needed five runs to win, and Hussey hit a four with a slashing stroke backward of point.

Pakistan set the field close in an effort to prevent Australia scoring the single they needed to win, but Hussey was in no mood to capitulate, launching the final delivery over long-on for six and booking Australia's place in the final.

'Ashes final'

"By the end I was just swinging through the ball there ... it was probably one of the best innings of my life," said Hussey after completing the biggest successful run chase in this year's tournament.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke said that batsman was an "absolute freak".

"Once Cameron got out I thought it was going to be really tough but with Hussey in, you never know."

The result sets up a hotly anticipated "Ashes final" against Test rivals England, who booked their place with a slick victory over Sri Lanka on Thursday. "England are playing some great cricket so it's going to be a fantastic final," Clarke said.

Victory on Sunday would give Australia, holders the 50-over World Cup and the Champions Trophy, all three international cricket titles. 

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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