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Australia knock Pakistan out of World T20

By The Assam Tribune

MOHALI, March 25: Australia today knocked Pakistan out of the ICC World Twenty20 with a convincing 21-run victory, setting up a virtual quarterfinal against hosts India to be played here on Sunday.

Captain Steven Smith (61 not out off 43) and Shane Watson (44 not out off 21) hammered 74 off the last 38 balls to take Australia to 193 for four.

Pakistani batsmen faltered once again barring a decent effort from Khalid Latif (46 off 41) and Shoaib Malik (40 off 20) to end at 172 for eight.

All-rounder James Faulkner starred with the ball, becoming the first Australian to take five wickets in the shortest format.

Australia, who have now two wins from three games like India, meet the home team in a match that decides the number two team that goes into the semifinals alongside leaders New Zealand.

The steep chase was another chance for Pakistan batsmen to redeem themselves after they let the team down in the previous two matches.

The start was not promising with both the openers back in the hut inside six overs. Ahmed Shehzad lasted only six balls while Sharjeel Khan, who was the lone bright spot against New Zealand, dragged one on to his stumps off Faulkner after smashing six boundaries at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Umar Akmal and Khalid Latif shared 45 runs for the third wicket before Zampa found the middle stump of Akmal with a flighted delivery, reducing Pakistan to 85 for three.

SCORECARD

Australia: Usman Khawaja b Wahab Riaz 21, Aaron Finch b Imad Wasim 15, David Warner b Wahab Riaz 9, Steve Smith not out 61, Glenn Maxwell c Shehzad b Imad Wasim 30, Shane Watson not out 44. Extras: (LB-8, W-5) 13. Total: (4 wickets; 20 overs) 193. Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-42, 3-57, 4-119. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 4-0-39-0, Mohammad Sami 4-0-53-0, Wahab Riaz 4-0-35-2, Shahid Afridi 4-0-27-0, Imad Wasim 4-0- 31-2.

Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan b Faulkner 30, Ahmed Shehzad c Coulter-Nile b Hazlewood 1, Khalid Latif b Faulkner 46, Umar Akmal b Zampa 32, Shahid Afridi st Nevill b Zampa 14, Shoaib Malik not out 40, Imad Wasim c Coulter-Nile b Faulkner 0, Sarfraz Ahmed c Khawaja b Faulkner 2, Wahab Riaz c Hazlewood b Faulkner 0, Mohammad Sami not out 4. Extras: (B-1, LB-1, W-1) 3. Total: (for 8 wickets in 20 overs) 172. Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-40, 3-85, 4-110, 5-147, 6-147, 7-164, 8-164. Bowling: Hazlewood 4-0-26-1, Coulter-Nile 4-0-45-0, Faulkner 4-0-27-5, Watson 2-0-27-0, Zampa 4-0-32-2, Maxwell 2-0-13-0. � PTI

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Australia knock Pakistan out of World T20

MOHALI, March 25: Australia today knocked Pakistan out of the ICC World Twenty20 with a convincing 21-run victory, setting up a virtual quarterfinal against hosts India to be played here on Sunday.

Captain Steven Smith (61 not out off 43) and Shane Watson (44 not out off 21) hammered 74 off the last 38 balls to take Australia to 193 for four.

Pakistani batsmen faltered once again barring a decent effort from Khalid Latif (46 off 41) and Shoaib Malik (40 off 20) to end at 172 for eight.

All-rounder James Faulkner starred with the ball, becoming the first Australian to take five wickets in the shortest format.

Australia, who have now two wins from three games like India, meet the home team in a match that decides the number two team that goes into the semifinals alongside leaders New Zealand.

The steep chase was another chance for Pakistan batsmen to redeem themselves after they let the team down in the previous two matches.

The start was not promising with both the openers back in the hut inside six overs. Ahmed Shehzad lasted only six balls while Sharjeel Khan, who was the lone bright spot against New Zealand, dragged one on to his stumps off Faulkner after smashing six boundaries at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Umar Akmal and Khalid Latif shared 45 runs for the third wicket before Zampa found the middle stump of Akmal with a flighted delivery, reducing Pakistan to 85 for three.

SCORECARD

Australia: Usman Khawaja b Wahab Riaz 21, Aaron Finch b Imad Wasim 15, David Warner b Wahab Riaz 9, Steve Smith not out 61, Glenn Maxwell c Shehzad b Imad Wasim 30, Shane Watson not out 44. Extras: (LB-8, W-5) 13. Total: (4 wickets; 20 overs) 193. Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-42, 3-57, 4-119. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 4-0-39-0, Mohammad Sami 4-0-53-0, Wahab Riaz 4-0-35-2, Shahid Afridi 4-0-27-0, Imad Wasim 4-0- 31-2.

Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan b Faulkner 30, Ahmed Shehzad c Coulter-Nile b Hazlewood 1, Khalid Latif b Faulkner 46, Umar Akmal b Zampa 32, Shahid Afridi st Nevill b Zampa 14, Shoaib Malik not out 40, Imad Wasim c Coulter-Nile b Faulkner 0, Sarfraz Ahmed c Khawaja b Faulkner 2, Wahab Riaz c Hazlewood b Faulkner 0, Mohammad Sami not out 4. Extras: (B-1, LB-1, W-1) 3. Total: (for 8 wickets in 20 overs) 172. Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-40, 3-85, 4-110, 5-147, 6-147, 7-164, 8-164. Bowling: Hazlewood 4-0-26-1, Coulter-Nile 4-0-45-0, Faulkner 4-0-27-5, Watson 2-0-27-0, Zampa 4-0-32-2, Maxwell 2-0-13-0. � PTI