Australia beat Pakistan by 6 wicket to enter World Cup semis
Adelaide: Australia defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets in the third quarter-final of the ICC cricket World Cup, here today, to set up a last-four clash with India.
Josh Hazlewood stood out with a four-wicket haul as Australia’s disciplined bowlers strangled Pakistan with a thoroughly commanding performance, skittling them out for 213 in the third quarterfinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup here today.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Pakistan were stifled for runs by the Aussie bowlers and folded without putting up much of a fight in 49.5 overs.
Josh Hazlewood (4/35) and Mitchell Starc (2/40) kept it tight to begin with before Mitchell Johnson (1/42) intimidated the Pakistanis with his ferocious pace.
The pressure exerted early on brought the desired result quite quickly as the in-form Sarfraz Ahmed (10) departed after trying to find his rhythm for 16 deliveries. The opener struck one four before edging a tough grab to Shane Watson in the slip region.
Sarfraz’s opening partner Ahmed Shehzad did not last long either and was also caught in the slips by Australian captain Michael Clarke off Hazlewood’s bowling. The score read 24 for two at this stage.
The failure to get a good start hurt Pakistan badly as the middle order batsmen failed to get going barring Haris Sohail, who notched up a 57-ball 41 laced with four hits to the fence. The ever-reliant Misbah-ul-Haq could not build on the start today and was dismissed by Glenn Maxwell while attempting a slog-sweep that was caught by Aaron Finch.
His 34 runs came off 59 balls and included one four and two sixes, both coming off Maxwell’s bowling. Interestingly, the veteran had earlier been saved by the bail which did not come off despite Hazlewood breaching his defences to hit the stumps.
The procession back to the pavillion continued when Umar Akmal (20 off 25 balls) was caught by Finch off Maxwell again.
Five down for 126 in less than 30 overs, Pakistan looked in deep trouble when Shahid Afridi raised hopes with some early power-hitting. However, the temperamental all-rounder also went back to pavillion after playing one of his now trademark cameos, which entertained while it lasted but did not help the team’s cause much.
Afridi was dismissed while trying to smack Hazlewood out of the park, holing out to Aaron Finch after adding 23 runs that came off 15 deliveries and included three fours and a lofty six off Johnson.
With the top half letting the team down, the lower order was never expected to hold up for too long and this is exactly what happened with Hazlewood and Starc cleaning up the tail.
Pakistan: 213 all out in 49.5 overs (Haris Sohail 41, Misbah-ul-Haq 34; Josh Hazlewood 4-35)
Australia: 216/4 in 33.5 overs (Stevn Smith 65, Shane Watson 64 not out, Glenn Maxwell 44 not out; Wahab Riaz 2-54).
Pakistan innings (50 overs maximum)
|Ahmed Shehzad||c Clarke b Hazlewood||05|
|Sarfraz Ahmed 10||c Watson b Starc||10|
|Haris Sohail 41||c Haddin b Johnson||41|
|Misbah-ul-Haq 34||c Finch b Maxwell||34|
|Umar Akmal 20||c Finch b Maxwell||20|
|Sohaib Maqsood 29||c Johnson b Hazlewood||29|
|Shahid Afridi 23||c Finch b Hazlewood||23|
|Wahab Riaz 16||c Haddin b Starc||16|
|Ehsan Adil 15||c Starc b Faulkner||15|
|Sohail Khan 4||c Haddin b Hazlewood||04|
|Rahat Ali 6||not out||06|
Extras (lb 5, w 5) 10
Total (all out; 49.5 overs) 213 (4.27 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-20, 2-24, 3-97, 4-112, 5-124, 6-158, 7-188, 8-188, 9-195, 10-213
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 10-1-40-2, Josh Hazlewood 10-1-3-54, Mitchell Johnson 10-0-42-1, Glenn Maxwell 7-0-43-2, Shane Watson 5-0-17-0, James Faulkner 7.5-0-31-1.
Australia innings (target: 214 runs from 50 overs)
|David Warner||c Rahat Ali b Wahab Riaz||24|
|Aaron Finch||lbw b Sohail Khan||02|
|Steven Smith||lbw b Ehsan Adil||65|
|Michael Clarke||c Sohaib Maqsood b Wahab Ria z||08|
|Shane Watson||not out||64|
|Glenn Maxwell||not out||44|
Extras (w 9) 9
Total (4 wickets; 33.5 overs) 216 (6.38 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-15, 2-49, 3-59, 4-148
Bowling: Sohail Khan 7.5-0-57-1, Ehsan Adil 5-0-31-1 , Rahat Ali 6-0-37-0, Wahab Riaz 9-0-54-2, Shahid Afridi 4-0-30-0, Haris Sohail 2-0-7-0.