ICC Cricket World Cup, 3rd Quarter-Final: Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 20, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 3rd quarter final
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 97 balls remaining)
Played at Adelaide Oval
20 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Pakistan innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Ahmed Shehzad c Clarke b Hazlewood 5 23 13 0 0 38.46
5.1 87.3 mph, Pakistan openers are back in the sheds already. Plays a loose shot to a wide length ball. Away from the body with no foot movement. The only thing that moves is the ball. Slightly away from him. Takes a thick edge to the second slip where Clarke takes it easily 24/2
View dismissal Sarfraz Ahmed c Watson b Starc 10 19 16 1 0 62.50
4.4 93.2 mph, say what you will of Watson's batting, he is one of the best slip fielders in the world today. This catch is one for the ages. Slip catches are never easy, but the ones that swerve away from you at the last moment? That too to balls bowled at 150.1ks? Sarfraz just follows this quick length ball with his hands, edges it, looks like he has offered an easy catch to Watto until the ball swings away from him at the last moment. Watson has kept his eyes on it throughout, which is why he has dived along with it, facing third man by the time he finishes the catch, diving to the right, taking it with two hands. Almost ehind his body is the catch completed 20/1
View dismissal Haris Sohail c †Haddin b Johnson 41 94 57 4 0 71.92
26.4 89.6 mph, the bouncer has done the trick. Johnson has produced the loose drive with leaden feet. Look at his back foot move away as he drives. Johnson pushes this one up, angling it across Sohail, who drives away from the body, his back foot moving away from the line of the ball. The edge is taken 112/4
View dismissal Misbah-ul-Haq* c Finch b Maxwell 34 75 59 1 2 57.62
23.2 53.4 mph, oh will you believe it? Maxwell has brought up the breakthrough. Once again no singles for Misbah have meant Pakistan have to take the risks to keep the runs coming. He has previously hit Maxwell out of the attack with two sixes over midwicket, he tries a third one with a slog-sweep. Not quite to the pitch of the ball this time. Fatal. Top edge sits nicely with Finch at deep midwicket. Strange to see a rare hole-out by Misbah. That too at the short square boundary at Adelaide Oval. The big difference here is he has dragged this from well outside off 97/3
View dismissal Umar Akmal c Finch b Maxwell 20 24 25 2 0 80.00
29.1 58.2 mph, what have you done Umar Akmal? This is a long hop at the Adelaide Oval with short square boundaries. Akmal has enough time to pause, do a quick opinion poll on where to hit this in the stands, and then take a selfie before hitting it. Unfortunately for him, he has found out the one man stationed there. Aaron Finch hasn't had to move an inch. Akmal is disgusted with himself. Smashes the bat into his pad 124/5
View dismissal Sohaib Maqsood c Johnson b Hazlewood 29 63 44 1 0 65.90
41.3 86.6 mph, good shot but he had found the fielder. Full ball, on off, he knows there is no deep cover, he is looking to drive over the ring, just gets too close to the pitch of the ball, and finds Johnson at cover 188/7
View dismissal Shahid Afridi c Finch b Hazlewood 23 21 15 3 1 153.33
33.6 83.0 mph, he has found out deep midwicket. Finch has taken three deep midwicket catches today. Oh that short square boundary, what a temptress. Afridi looks to pull, but the ball is not short enough. He doesn't get all of it, Finch is prowling there, and takes this head high. Is this the last time Lala has paced off the field with gloves and pads on? 158/6
View dismissal Wahab Riaz c †Haddin b Starc 16 35 22 2 0 72.72
42.2 91.2 mph, Starc is the sole leading wicket-taker this World Cup. Finally he has drawn an edge. Riaz has finally hit that little white thing after backing away from the stumps. The outside edge settles nicely with Haddin 188/8
View dismissal Ehsan Adil c Starc b Faulkner 15 32 22 1 0 68.18
49.5 84.6 mph, this time it has gone to hand. Faulkner gets a wicket, Starc takes a lovely catch. Clears the front let to pull, gets a top edge towards top edge, Starc rushes in and takes this low and diving forward 213/10
View dismissal Sohail Khan c †Haddin b Hazlewood 4 7 5 0 0 80.00
43.6 85.0 mph, Hazlewood ends with four in the quarter-final. Sohail backs away and swings. Gets a massive top edge that goes a million miles and comes down towards gully. Haddin the man with mitts on clears the area, settles under it, keeps his eyes on the swirling ball, and takes a safe catch 195/9
Rahat Ali not out 6 20 21 0 0 28.57
Extras (lb 5, w 5) 10
  Total (all out; 49.5 overs; 210 mins) 213 (4.27 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets MA Starc 10 1 40 2 4.00 38 3 0 (2w)
4.4 to Sarfraz Ahmed, 93.2 mph, say what you will of Watson's batting, he is one of the best slip fielders in the world today. This catch is one for the ages. Slip catches are never easy, but the ones that swerve away from you at the last moment? That too to balls bowled at 150.1ks? Sarfraz just follows this quick length ball with his hands, edges it, looks like he has offered an easy catch to Watto until the ball swings away from him at the last moment. Watson has kept his eyes on it throughout, which is why he has dived along with it, facing third man by the time he finishes the catch, diving to the right, taking it with two hands. Almost ehind his body is the catch completed 20/1
42.2 to Wahab Riaz, 91.2 mph, Starc is the sole leading wicket-taker this World Cup. Finally he has drawn an edge. Riaz has finally hit that little white thing after backing away from the stumps. The outside edge settles nicely with Haddin 188/8
View wickets JR Hazlewood 10 1 35 4 3.50 41 4 0 (1w)
5.1 to Ahmed Shehzad, 87.3 mph, Pakistan openers are back in the sheds already. Plays a loose shot to a wide length ball. Away from the body with no foot movement. The only thing that moves is the ball. Slightly away from him. Takes a thick edge to the second slip where Clarke takes it easily 24/2
33.6 to Shahid Afridi, 83.0 mph, he has found out deep midwicket. Finch has taken three deep midwicket catches today. Oh that short square boundary, what a temptress. Afridi looks to pull, but the ball is not short enough. He doesn't get all of it, Finch is prowling there, and takes this head high. Is this the last time Lala has paced off the field with gloves and pads on? 158/6
41.3 to Sohaib Maqsood, 86.6 mph, good shot but he had found the fielder. Full ball, on off, he knows there is no deep cover, he is looking to drive over the ring, just gets too close to the pitch of the ball, and finds Johnson at cover 188/7
43.6 to Sohail Khan, 85.0 mph, Hazlewood ends with four in the quarter-final. Sohail backs away and swings. Gets a massive top edge that goes a million miles and comes down towards gully. Haddin the man with mitts on clears the area, settles under it, keeps his eyes on the swirling ball, and takes a safe catch 195/9
View wicket MG Johnson 10 0 42 1 4.20 38 2 1 (2w)
26.4 to Haris Sohail, 89.6 mph, the bouncer has done the trick. Johnson has produced the loose drive with leaden feet. Look at his back foot move away as he drives. Johnson pushes this one up, angling it across Sohail, who drives away from the body, his back foot moving away from the line of the ball. The edge is taken 112/4
View wickets GJ Maxwell 7 0 43 2 6.14 21 3 2
23.2 to Misbah-ul-Haq, 53.4 mph, oh will you believe it? Maxwell has brought up the breakthrough. Once again no singles for Misbah have meant Pakistan have to take the risks to keep the runs coming. He has previously hit Maxwell out of the attack with two sixes over midwicket, he tries a third one with a slog-sweep. Not quite to the pitch of the ball this time. Fatal. Top edge sits nicely with Finch at deep midwicket. Strange to see a rare hole-out by Misbah. That too at the short square boundary at Adelaide Oval. The big difference here is he has dragged this from well outside off 97/3
29.1 to Umar Akmal, 58.2 mph, what have you done Umar Akmal? This is a long hop at the Adelaide Oval with short square boundaries. Akmal has enough time to pause, do a quick opinion poll on where to hit this in the stands, and then take a selfie before hitting it. Unfortunately for him, he has found out the one man stationed there. Aaron Finch hasn't had to move an inch. Akmal is disgusted with himself. Smashes the bat into his pad 124/5
  SR Watson 5 0 17 0 3.40 17 1 0
View wicket JP Faulkner 7.5 0 31 1 3.95 29 2 0
49.5 to Ehsan Adil, 84.6 mph, this time it has gone to hand. Faulkner gets a wicket, Starc takes a lovely catch. Clears the front let to pull, gets a top edge towards top edge, Starc rushes in and takes this low and diving forward 213/10
  Australia innings (target: 214 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal DA Warner c Rahat Ali b Wahab Riaz 24 41 23 3 0 104.34
8.3 88.3 mph, banged in, short and wide... and Warner has flubbed it straight to third man! Wahab strikes, his 15th wicket of the tournament to go joint third. Warner has gifted him this one, though, was trying to use the pace but really just hung the bat out and steered an uppercut to the fielder, decent low catch from Rahat who ran in a good way 49/2
View dismissal AJ Finch lbw b Sohail Khan 2 11 5 0 0 40.00
2.3 82.3 mph, pitched up, this jags back at Finch and raps him on the pads, Sohail implores for the decision... and Dharmasena gives it! Finch, after a brief conversation with his partner, asks for the review but it only takes a quick look to release this was foolishness. Not much footwork and the ball zipped in with the arm, past the inside edge as he played to leg, and it was crashing into the woodwork halfway up. The finger points skywards for a second time and Pakistan celebrate to the heavens 15/1
View dismissal SPD Smith lbw b Ehsan Adil 65 115 69 7 0 94.20
26.4 82.0 mph, fuller, on the stumps, Smith flicks and misses - given! Adil's appeal was almost a lone one, though Sarfraz also went up, Dharmasena gave it some thought before raising the finger. Australia have used their review, so Smith has to trudge off, having looked impenetrable for the last couple of hours. Looked like it would have clipped leg, fairly innocuous ball, Smith not quite as focused as he had been 148/4
View dismissal MJ Clarke* c Sohaib Maqsood b Wahab Riaz 8 10 11 0 0 72.72
10.4 90.4 mph, gottim! The short ball works, Clarke dollies it to forward short leg! Don't you love it when a plan comes together... That was well-directed from Wahab, not quite a snorter but awkward enough for a man with an antique spine, rising towards the helmet grill and Clarke can only pop it up off the splice, floats into the hands of the catcher. Maqsood hurls the ball at the floor and screams in delight. Pakistan are in this 59/3
SR Watson not out 64 114 66 7 1 96.96
GJ Maxwell not out 44 37 29 5 2 151.72
Extras (w 9) 9
  Total (4 wickets; 33.5 overs; 167 mins) 216 (6.38 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket Sohail Khan 7.5 0 57 1 7.27 26 8 1 (2w)
2.3 to Finch, 82.3 mph, pitched up, this jags back at Finch and raps him on the pads, Sohail implores for the decision... and Dharmasena gives it! Finch, after a brief conversation with his partner, asks for the review but it only takes a quick look to release this was foolishness. Not much footwork and the ball zipped in with the arm, past the inside edge as he played to leg, and it was crashing into the woodwork halfway up. The finger points skywards for a second time and Pakistan celebrate to the heavens 15/1
View wicket Ehsan Adil 5 0 31 1 6.20 18 4 1
26.4 to Smith, 82.0 mph, fuller, on the stumps, Smith flicks and misses - given! Adil's appeal was almost a lone one, though Sarfraz also went up, Dharmasena gave it some thought before raising the finger. Australia have used their review, so Smith has to trudge off, having looked impenetrable for the last couple of hours. Looked like it would have clipped leg, fairly innocuous ball, Smith not quite as focused as he had been 148/4
  Rahat Ali 6 0 37 0 6.16 21 5 0 (1w)
View wickets Wahab Riaz 9 0 54 2 6.00 27 3 1 (6w)
8.3 to Warner, 88.3 mph, banged in, short and wide... and Warner has flubbed it straight to third man! Wahab strikes, his 15th wicket of the tournament to go joint third. Warner has gifted him this one, though, was trying to use the pace but really just hung the bat out and steered an uppercut to the fielder, decent low catch from Rahat who ran in a good way 49/2
10.4 to Clarke, 90.4 mph, gottim! The short ball works, Clarke dollies it to forward short leg! Don't you love it when a plan comes together... That was well-directed from Wahab, not quite a snorter but awkward enough for a man with an antique spine, rising towards the helmet grill and Clarke can only pop it up off the splice, floats into the hands of the catcher. Maqsood hurls the ball at the floor and screams in delight. Pakistan are in this 59/3
  Shahid Afridi 4 0 30 0 7.50 7 2 0
  Haris Sohail 2 0 7 0 3.50 5 0 0

Match details


Toss - Pakistan, who chose to bat
Series - Australia advanced
Player of the match - JR Hazlewood (Australia)
Umpires - HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and M Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire - RK Illingworth (England)
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - BF Bowden (New Zealand)

Match Notes


    • Pakistan innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 37 runs, 2 wickets)
    • Pakistan: 50 runs in 12.1 overs (73 balls), Extras 7
    • Drinks: Pakistan - 65/2 in 16.0 overs (Haris Sohail 21, Misbah-ul-Haq 21)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 77 balls (Haris Sohail 21, Misbah-ul-Haq 29, Ex 3)
    • Pakistan: 100 runs in 23.4 overs (142 balls), Extras 9
    • Pakistan: 150 runs in 32.3 overs (195 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: Pakistan - 152/5 in 33.0 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 15, Shahid Afridi 18)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 21 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Pakistan: 200 runs in 45.6 overs (276 balls), Extras 10
    • Innings Break: Pakistan - 213/10 in 49.5 overs (Rahat Ali 6)
    • Australia innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 56 runs, 2 wickets)
    • Over 2.3: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - AJ Finch (Struck down)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 8.5 overs (53 balls), Extras 1
    • Drinks: Australia - 72/3 in 14.0 overs (SPD Smith 35, SR Watson 2)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 19.3 overs (117 balls), Extras 4
    • SPD Smith: 50 off 51 balls (6 x 4)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 60 balls (SPD Smith 28, SR Watson 21, Ex 4)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 27.6 overs (168 balls), Extras 7
    • Drinks: Australia - 160/4 in 29.0 overs (SR Watson 44, GJ Maxwell 9)
    • SR Watson: 50 off 58 balls (5 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 34 balls (SR Watson 14, GJ Maxwell 35, Ex 2)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 32.4 overs (196 balls), Extras 9
    • Attendance: 35,516
 
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