8 for 9: The awful collapse making Australia look good

Australia’s 10-60 against Pakistan wasn’t actually the worst collapse in international cricket on Tuesday.

A World Twenty20 qualifier between Malaysia and Myanmar has produced a truly bizarre result.

The Asian minnows played out a rain-affected match in which just 20 runs were scored in total.

Asked to bat first after losing the toss, Myanmar were decimated at 8-9 when rain stopped play after 10.1 overs.

Pavandeep Singh snared 5-1. Image: ICC

Spinner Pavandeep Singh took 5-1 off his four overs, with six batsman falling for 0. Myanmar scored all of their nine runs in singles.

Malaysia’s target was then revised to six from eight overs because of the time lost due to the rain, but they too made a horror start with the bat.

They lost both openers for 0 in the very first over, before Suhan Alagarathnam steadied the ship, securing victory with a six – the only boundary of the match.


The absurd batting from both sides doesn’t quite match Australia’s effort

The new-look Aussies were plagued by the same old problems as another calamitous collapse proved costly on day three in Dubai.

Seven years on from their last series victory in Asia, the issues that plagued Australia in Dhaka, Bangalore and Galle were carried to the Emirates as Tim Paine’s men lost 10 wickets for just 60 runs and were bowled out for 202.

After openers Aaron Finch (62) and Usman Khawaja (85) put on 142 for the first wicket, the shocking collapse marked the third-worst in the history of Test cricket after a century opening partnership.


Pakistan will resume on day four at 3-45, leading Australia by 325 runs after offspinner Bilal Asif wreaked havoc on the tourists with six wickets on debut.

Missing suspended duo Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia’s top six in Dubai included three debutants in Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.

Finch built a strong opening partnership with Khawaja, but Head and Labuschagne both made ducks with Shaun and Mitch Marsh – batting at No.3 and No.4 respectively – also dismissed cheaply.

with AAP