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by Manuj Sharma Friday 25 March 2016
Australia 193-4 (Smith 61) beatPakistan 172-8 (Latif 46) by 21 runs26th match, Group 2 ICC World Twenty20, MohaliScorecard
James Faulkner registered a maiden five-wicket haul in Twenty20 Internationals as Australia limited Pakistan to 172 for eight in a chase of 194 runs, thereby securing a crucial 21-run win in the Super 10 Group 2 encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 in Mohali.
Riding on a brisk 74-run stand between Shane Watson and Steve Smith, Australia posted a sizeable total of 193 for four. However, Pakistan eventually fell short by 22 runs and in so doing crashed out of the tournament.
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first.
Usman Khawaja (21) once again provided Australia with a steady start, hitting three fours and a six before being castled by Wahab Riaz (2-35) in the fourth over. In his next over, Riaz returned to dismiss David Warner (9) as Australia ended up with 52 for two in six overs.
Australia continued to slide as Aaron Finch (15) missed an arm-ball from Imad Wasim (2-31) and ended up being bowled. Pakistan continued to apply pressure and restricted Australia to 77 for three at the half-way mark.
Pakistan continued to apply pressure and restricted Australia to 77 for three at the half-way mark. While Smith (61 not out) offered resistance from one end, Glenn Maxwell (30) played an 18-ball cameo, striking three fours and a six before holing out to long-on off Wasim.
Smith continued to keep the scoreboard ticking from the other end. After a steady start, Watson (44 not out) smacked two fours and two sixes while Smith completed a 24-ball fifty. Thanks to the unbeaten 74-run stand between Smith and Watson, Australia managed to score 66 runs from the last five overs.
Watson hit three sixes and four boundaries in his 21-ball innings, helping Australia post a challenging total of 193 for four in 20 overs.
In the second half of the game, Josh Hazlewood (1-26) started off by conceding just two runs in the first over but Sharjeel Khan (30) smacked four boundaries in the next two overs before Hazlewood got Ahmed Shehzad (1) out, caught at mid-off.
Khan struck two more fours before he played onto his stumps trying to pull a delivery from Faulkner (5-27). Pakistan scored 41 for two in the powerplay but Umar Akmal (32) upped the ante with a six and two fours in the seventh over.
After a promising 20-ball cameo, Akmal failed to execute a slog sweep against Adam Zampa (2-32) and the ball clattered into his stumps.
Pakistan’s chase was still on track as Khalid Latif (46) kept the runs flowing from one end while Shahid Afridi (14) played a seven-ball cameo before being stumped off the bowling of Zampa.
Latif and Shoaib Malik (40 not out) added 37-runs for the fifth wicket but Faulkner dented the chase with a double strike in the 18th and 20th overs to complete a maiden five-wicket haul.
Despite Malik’s unbeaten cameo, Pakistan succumbed to a 21-run defeat, which now keeps them out of contention for the semi-finals.
Faulkner was the man of the match whereas Australia climbed up to the second spot in the points table with a superior net run rate of +0.440.
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