World Cup: Australia beat Pakistan by 6 wickets, set up semifinal clash against India on 26th

  • HT Correspondent and agencies
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2015 17:30 IST

Australia completed an emphatic six-wicket victory over Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Friday to book a blockbuster World Cup semi-final against reigning champions India.

With Pakistan's batsmen bowled out for 213 at Adelaide Oval, their bowlers had little to defend and were let down by two dropped catches that reprieved batsmen Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell.

The pair would go on to build an unbeaten 68-run partnership to steer Australia to victory, as the co-hosts reeled in the final runs with over 16 overs to spare. Watson was unbeaten on 64 and Maxwell 44 not out.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi bow out of one-day internationals in disappointment, after failing to convert starts in their team's innings.

Australia's selectors recalled paceman Josh Hazlewood in place of Pat Cummins and he took four wickets to repay their faith as he and his fellow pacemen enjoyed a dominant afternoon.

Highlights of Australia innings

33.5 overs | S. KHAN TO S. WATSON
FOUR! Watson hits the winning runs! Full and around off, Watson drives it through the covers and ends the match. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS.

28.2 overs | W. RIAZ TO G. MAXWELL
DROPPED AGAIN and it is again off Riaz! Short ball across off, Maxwell plays a shot that cannot be described, he looks to pull but the ball runs off the face and goes towards third man. Sohail Khan runs forward and gets to the ball but fails to hang on and it just adds the agony for Wahab Riaz who had Watson dropped earlier. They take a couple.

26.4 overs | E. ADIL TO S. SMITH OUT!

Wicket against the run of play! Full on middle and leg, Smith shuffles across a long way to flick it but the ball strikes him on the pads and that ensues a big appeal. The umpire raises his finger after some thought, Australia have used up their review which means Smith has to walk back dejected but a great knock by this super-talented cricketer once again.


Australian innings highlights continue ...

16.1 overs | W. RIAZ TO S. WATSON
DROPPED! WHAT A SITTER MISSED! Dug in short, Watson has enough of ducking and he pulls this one, the ball takes the top edge and goes straight to Rahat Ali at fine leg who settles under it but lo and behold, the ball pops out much to the disbelief of Wahab and Pakistan.

10.4 overs | W. RIAZ TO M. CLARKE
OUT! Massive wicket! Short and pacy on middle, Clarke hangs back to defend but the ball takes off and goes straight off the splice of the bat, lobs up to Maqsood at short leg who takes a dolly. Australia are in a spot of bother now.

8.3 overs | W. RIAZ TO D. WARNER
OUT! Wahab gets the danger man! Short and wide outside off, Warner hangs back and slaps it straight down the throat of Rahat Ali at third man who takes a good catch. Huge wicket for Pakistan. 165 NEEDED FROM 249 BALLS.

2.3 overs | S. KHAN TO A. FINCH OUT!
Finch's poor form continues! Full and straight on middle, Finch looks to flick but misses and the ball strikes him dead in front. The umpire raises his finger on the appeal and Finch looks to Warner and decides to take the review. The Hawk Eye shows the ball to be pitching in line, hitting in line and going on to hit the stumps. Pakistan draw first blood.

Pakistan innings

Recalled paceman Josh Hazlewood took four wickets as Australia dismissed a wasteful Pakistan for 213 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, boosting the co-hosts' hopes of a World Cup semi-final with India.

Hazlewood, replacing seamer Pat Cummins, combined with left-armer Mitchell Starc to remove Pakistan's openers cheaply and returned to punch a hole through the Asian team's middle-order on a sun-drenched autumn day.

Part-time spinner Glenn Maxwell took two wickets and Aaron Finch three catches at deep midwicket, as captain Misbah-ul-Haq and two other Pakistan right-handers gave up their wickets on a platter when attempting to clear the short boundary.

Misbah won the toss and opted to bat first but the move backfired with openers Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad both out within three balls before the sixth over.

Sarfraz, on 10, edged a quicker ball from Starc to Shane Watson who took a fine, low catch diving to his right in the slips.

Hazlewood (4-35) then struck to remove Shehzad for five, the opener edging behind to Australia captain Michael Clarke.

Misbah was nearly out for a duck two balls later when the ball brushed his stump after clipping his thigh pad, but the bails stayed intact.

He and number three batsman Haris Sohail battled to steady the innings and the Pakistan skipper smashed Maxwell over the fence twice.

But Maxwell had the last laugh, breaking the 73-run partnership when Misbah miscued a slog-sweep straight to Finch in the 24th over.

The writing was on the wall when Mitchell Johnson had Sohail out for 41 soon after, following up a venomous bouncer with a wide, fuller delivery to the left-hander who sent a leaden-footed edge to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Infuriatingly for Pakistan fans, Umar Akmal (20) and Shahid Afridi (23) repeated their captain's horrid dismissal, holing out to Finch on the rope off the bowling of Maxwell and Hazlewood respectively.

That left Pakistan reeling at 158-6, but paceman Wahab Riaz added 30 runs with Sohaib Maqsood before the middle order batsman slashed Hazlewood straight to Johnson at cover to be out for 29.

Wahab was out a few balls later for 16, nicking Starc behind to Haddin, before Sohail Khan sent a top-edge from a Hazlewood ball soaring high into the sky before landing in the wicketkeeper's gloves.

Pakistan's tailenders nudged their team past 200 before all-rounder James Faulkner had a slogging Ehsan Adil caught for 15 on the penultimate ball of the allotted overs.

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