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Pakistan vs Australia, Mohali: Pakistan crash out of World T20

Australia beat Pakistan by runs to keep their ICC World T20 campaign alive. They now face India in winner takes all clash on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 25, 2016 6:25:27 pm
Pakistan vs Australia, Australia Pakistan, Aus vs Pak, Pak vs Aus, ICC World T20, T20 World Cup, Cricket News, Cricket James Faulkner was pick of the bowlers with figures of 5/27. (Source: AP)

Pakistan, chasing 194, got off to a brisk start but kept losing wickets at regular intervals. There was a partnership developing between Umar Akmal and Khalid Latif but the former’s departure, and another Shahid Afridi failure with the bat, put Pakistan on the mat in the stiff chase. In the end, they fell short of the target by 21 runs. (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)

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As it happened!

1818 hrs IST: Australia knock Pakistan out of World T20 with 21-run win in Mohali; Faulkner 5/27

1806 hrs IST: WICKET! Wasim is out for a golden duck after he fails to pick the Faulkner slower-one

1804 hrs IST: WICKET! Faulkner cleans up Latif who is out after scoring a 41-ball 46. Pakistan 147/5

1800 hrs IST: Last three overs now, Pakistan need 49 from 18 balls now

1755 hrs IST: SIX! Malik charges down the track and hits Zampa for straight, big hit over the fence

1753 hrs IST: We are into the last five overs now, Pakistan need 69 from 30 balls

1750 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik is the new man in. He can hold the innings together but it’s important Khalid Latif accelerates from the other end

1745 hrs IST: WICKET! Zampa makes the little adjustment, shortens his length and Afridi, on the charge, is stumped. Pakistan 110/4

1744 hrs IST: SIX! Afridi dances down the track and launches Zampa into the stands

1742 hrs IST: Latif on strike and he pulls it to the ropes. Pakistan 104/3 after 13 overs

1741 hrs IST: 100 up for Pakistan in the 13th over as Afridi’s miscued pull lands in man’s land, allows a single

1738 hrs IST: And, he ends the 12th over with a big hit over the fence. Pakistan 94/3

1735 hrs IST: Afridi walks out to the middle, possibly for the last time for Pakistan

1733 hrs IST: WICKET! Zampa cleans up Umar Akmal, Pakistan 85/3

1732 hrs IST: Akmal mistimes, the fielder misfields and four runs to Pakistan

1730 hrs IST: Pakistan, at the half-way mark, are 79/2. Latif and Akmal are the two men out in the middle

1725 hrs IST: SIX! Latif gets hold of that one and sends it into the crowd. Pakistan need more of those in the 194-run chase

1720 hrs IST: Adam Zampa into the attack now. The leggie’s four overs crucial in the middle overs

1718 hrs IST: Akmal takes on Watson who leaks 17 in his first over. Pakistan 58/2 after seven overs

1713 hrs IST: Umar Akmal is the new man in and he wears an intense look

1710 hrs IST: WICKET! Sharjeel plays the Faulkner delivery back on to his stumps. Big big wicket

1702 hrs IST: Australia continue to bowl short at Sharjeel and he continues to pull them away for boundaries. Poor bowling

1700 hrs IST: WICKET! Shehzad with an absolutely needless shot. Goes big, only to miscue the Hazlewood delivery to Coulter-Nile. Pakistan 20/1

1658 hrs IST: Sharjeel picks Hazlewood’s length early and pulls in typical Sharjeel fashion

1655 hrs IST: Sharjeel hits Coulter-Nile for two more boundaries. Pakistan 14/0 after two overs

1649 hrs IST: Width on offer and Sharjeel throws his bat at that one. Races to the fence

1642 hrs IST: Pakistan openers Sharjeel and Shehzad are out in the middle. Pakistan, if they have to win this, need to post their highest total in T20Is, batting second

1625 hrs IST: Australia post 193/4 against Pakistan in Mohali. (Smith 61*, Watson 44*; Riaz 2/35)

1617 hrs IST: Australia collect 10 from Sami’s last over. The seamer ends with miserable figures of 0/53

1616 hrs IST: SIX! Watson goes inside-out and it travels all the way for another maximum. Sami has struggled throughout the day

1614 hrs IST: THAT’S FIFTY for Steve Smith, off only 35 balls. Australia looking good for 180 now

1613 hrs IST: Follows the six with a boundary. 150 up for Australia in the 17th over

1612 hrs IST: SIX! Watson picks one off his pads and hits it way back into the stands with a maximum. 91m

1610 hrs IST: Khalid makes an ordinary effort in the deep, concedes a boundary. Smith moves to 47, Australia to 141/1 in the 17th

1608 hrs IST: Wahab Riaz returns for his second spell. Watson vs Riaz – exciting contest on the cards

1557 hrs IST: WICKET! Just when he was threatening to take the game away from Pakistan, Maxwell hits the Wasim delivery straight to Shehzad in the deep. Australia 119/4

1554 hrs IST: SIX! Maxwell’s straight, and big, hit lands in the Australian dug out. The Aussies taking the game away from Pakistan with this brisk stand. 112/3 after 13

1550 hrs IST: HUNDRED! up for Australia in the 13th over of the innings. Smith and Maxwell scoring some crucial runs, at a very brisk pace

1546 hrs IST: Maxwell hits a couple of boundaries in the Afridi over. Australia move to 90/3. They have lost wickets but the run-rate continues to be on the brighter side

1543 hrs IST: At the half-way mark, Australia are 77/3. Skipper Steve and Maxwell in the middle for them

1538 hrs IST: Afridi and Wasim doing a fine job for Australia at the moment. It will be interesting to see how Steve Smith plays the duo

1534 hrs IST: WICKET! Wasim gets one to come into the right-hander and Finch has no clue about that, cleaned up for 15. Australia 57/3

1532 hrs IST: Spin from both ends now. Imad Wasim into the attack after Afridi went for only five in his first

1530 hrs IST: Two right-handers in the middle and Afridi introduces himself into the attack

1528 hrs IST: End of an exciting powerplay. It had everything – a lively spell, erratic lines, some top shots and misfields. Australia 52/2

1523 hrs IST: WICKET! Wahab Riaz on fire…Cleans up David Warner with a 148.8 kmph delivery. Australia 42/2

1520 hrs IST: Now room for Warner, and he slaps it to the ropes. Sami is leaking runs here. Poor lines and lengths by the seamer. He’s clearly struggling to get it right against the left-right combination

1518 hrs IST: Sami back into the attack and he concedes a boundary first ball. Short and wide and Finch has no problems in putting it away

1516 hrs IST: David Warner’s the new man and he’s off and running with a boundary. Australia 32/1 after four

1514 hrs IST: WICKET! Riaz responds in fine fashion. Khawaja makes room and the seamer shatters the stump with a sharp yorker. 28/1

1512 hrs IST: SIX! Short and Khawaja muscles it over the fence for the first maximum of the innings

1510 hrs IST: Sami is off the attack after an erratic first over. Wahab Riaz with the ball now

1506 hrs IST: Malik lets one sneak through his legs, Khawaja picks another boundary. Australia 16/0 after two

1505 hrs IST: Sami starts with a misdirected short deliver. With fine-leg up in the circle, easy pickings for Khawaja

1504 hrs IST: Muhammad Sami to share the new ball with Amir

1503 hrs IST: Five coming from Amir’s first over. Australia 5/0

1502 hrs IST: Amir testing Khawaja with a nice away shape. Exciting battle between the two

1455 hrs IST: Finch and Khawaja the two openers for Australia, Amir with the new ball for Pakistan

1434 hrs IST: The team sheets are out. Here’s a look at the two XIs

AUS XI: U Khawaja, A Finch, D Warner, S Smith, S Watson, G Maxwell, J Faulkner, P Nevill, A Zampa, N Coulter-Nile, J Hazlewood

PAK XI: A Shehzad, S Khan, K Latif, U Akmal, S Malik, S Ahmed, S Afridi, I Wasim, M Amir, Wahab Riaz, M Sami

1431 hrs IST: Pakistan make one change – Wahab Riaz in for Mohammad Irfan

1430 hrs IST: TOSS! Australia elect to bat first. Finch returns to playing XI

1429 hrs IST: Wasim Akram feels toss shouldn’t play much of a role in this game because of the kind of pitch on offer

1427 hrs IST: It’s a true wicket, Brett Lee feels Australia should stick to their strengths in the playing XI. Wasim Akram feels it should be win toss, bat first for Pakistan

1420 hrs IST: We are five minutes away from the toss, crucial spin of the coin coming up

1400 hrs IST: The pitch! Here’s a look at the 22 yards to be used for this fixture

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The build-up

Strugglers slugfest on the cards in Mohali

Pakistan vs Australia, Australia Pakistan, Aus vs Pak, Pak vs Aus, ICC World T20, T20 World Cup, Cricket News, Cricket Steve Smith poses before the team poses for an official photograph at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

Even at the best of times, Pakistan are a divided camp. If you needed a proof of that, Shoaib Malik gave it on Thursday. “In the 2009 (Pakistani) team (that won the WorldT20 in England), six of us were not talking during the World Cup, but still we won. When you lose, a lot of people start talking this should have happened or that should not have not happened. But, in 2009 it was so obvious, six of us were not talking,” Malik revealed at the press conference at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

We have to play better: Steve Smith

Pakistan vs Australia, Australia Pakistan, Aus vs Pak, Pak vs Aus, ICC World T20, T20 World Cup, Cricket News, Cricket Australia have been the most successful team in the 50-over World Cup but are yet to win the T20 showpiece event. (Source: Reuters)

Australia will have to play better cricket than what they have managed to do so far in the World T20 to have a shot at reaching the semifinals, captain Steve Smith said on Thursday.

There is bad mood rising in the Pakistan camp

Pakistan vs Australia, Australia Pakistan, Aus vs Pak, Pak vs Aus, ICC World T20, T20 World Cup, Cricket News, Cricket Pakistan coach Waqar Younis during a training session in Mohali on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

It’s a mood story: A bad mood story.

Waqar Younis’s tone at the press conference after the 22-run loss to New Zealand at the PCA Stadium late on Monday, wasn’t as much sarcastic as it was bilious. To a more detached mind, it might have felt a bit of an over-reaction given that the loss, Pakistan’s second in the tournament, hasn’t completely shut the door on them.

There is no groupism in the team: Shehzad

Pakistan vs Australia, Australia Pakistan, Aus vs Pak, Pak vs Aus, ICC World T20, T20 World Cup, Cricket News, Cricket Ahmed Shehzad said that after reciting the Kalma he swears he tried his best to secure victory.(Source: AP)

Pakistan’s experienced opener, Ahmed Shehzad has squashed speculations of groupism in the team, saying he didn’t under-performed deliberately during the World Twenty20 match against New Zealand to undermine skipper Shahid Afridi.

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