Australia v Pakistan, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo October 2, 2012

Spin exposes Australia middle order again

There had been questions asked about Australia's middle order and their problems against spin came to the fore in a nervous display against Pakistan
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When Australia played Sri Lanka at the Premadasa during the 2011 World Cup, the visitors arrived with a very well aired reputation for being poor players of spin. The pitch that was prepared was so dry that Ricky Ponting called it "basically just rolled mud". Sri Lanka played three specialist spinners, but before Australia had a chance to bat the match was rained out. Nineteen months later, at the same venue, Pakistan banked on their phalanx of slow-bowlers and Australia faltered.

This time the pitch was no rolled mud. In fact Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins generated pace and were rewarded with good carry. Xavier Doherty and Brad Hogg managed some turn, but they were hardly unplayable. Still, Pakistan backed their spinners to the extent that if Shoaib Malik had not disappeared for 14 in the 15th over, the Premadasa might have witnessed the first full Twenty20 innings comprised entirely of spin.

Shane Watson and David Warner were forced to exert their own pace on the ball, and though Watson has had success against spin in the past, neither much enjoyed it. Oppositions had wondered what lay beyond the colossal top three, and Pakistan had figured a way to unhinge the vault. Both opener's dismissals hinted at frustration induced by a slower-than-usual scoring rates. At four runs an over Australia were hardly crawling, but the start was a sight more pedestrian than they had been used to in the tournament.

Australia rarely looked troubled by the turn or the bounce, but trouble found them when batsmen attempted the big strokes. Mike Hussey survived long enough to breach 20 - alone among his team-mates - but that is perhaps because he barely played a shot in anger until late in the match. Having arrived at the crease in the fourth over he did not hit his first boundary until the 15th. George Bailey perished trying to loft one over the infield, Cameron White was caught at long-on and Glenn Maxwell swung hard, but couldn't even clear backward point.

In between the dismissals, there was a steady trickle of runs. For a while Australia seemed to be awaiting the arrival of pace to make their charge, but when the fast bowling never came they were cornered into attacking spin, and no one but Hussey seemed equipped to do that.

"I don't think it's any great secret that we've had some deficiencies at times against spin and that probably showed tonight," Bailey said. "The fact that Pakistan played to that was tactically very astute from them. They had 18 overs of spin - I don't know if that's happened before in a Twenty20 game. I certainly think we've worked on it and we've got some very good players of spin as well. We managed to beat Pakistan in Dubai recently, so we can overcome it. But it was probably our shortcoming tonight."

Aside from their woes against spin, Australia must also address a middle order that seemed short on confidence in their first proper outing in the tournament. Between Nos 4, 5, 6 and 7, Australia's middle order made just 44, and each batsman was tentative at the outset, heaping extra pressure on themselves to catch up with boundaries as the required rate rose. Australia may not have lost more than three wickets in the four matches before this game, but they cannot rely on Watson to win a title by himself despite his monstrous form. As Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore had said before the match, even Watson can have a poor game.

"We hadn't had a hit in the middle, but it's not like we haven't hit a cricket ball for three weeks," Bailey said of the middle order. "I think everyone was prepared. Guys were getting starts, so I don't think guys looked out of place in the middle. The whole thing about Twenty20 and momentum meant that by the end of the six overs we were a long way behind where we needed to be as well, with the wicket slowing up a little bit.

"We probably also got caught going for that target and looking for the 112. As a group that's probably something that could have been communicated better between the batsmen."

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Meety on October 4, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    My prediction is that Hoggy will get the man of the match against the WIndies, he'll get something like 4/20 off 4 overs. Cummins will take a few & Starc & watto their customary 1 or 2 wickets too! Oz by either 30 runs or 6 wickets! == == == At this stage, I would have Sri Lanka as the overall best side to this point. The loss in the 7 over joke-game is even more meaningless than a 20 over loss. I would have Pakistan & Oz neck & neck (Oz a shade ahead) & WIndies the complete underdogs from here on in. If the WIndies knock us off, I'll go for them to win the Cup, but from here on in I am happy for ANY of the remaining four to win.

  • pat_one_back on October 3, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Steady on @Wicky, your team played Aust in to form and got belted in UAE, you want to talk dead rubber, how about the fact Aust took the pitch with a target of 117 with whatever happened from there being irrelevant in the tournament! 118-150 was for a scorebook no-one will ever read again. Pakistan team are at odds to fail badly in at least one of the next two, no disrespect to them, history says this inconsistency is the most consistent attribute of the side not just me.

  • popcorn on October 3, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Australia has ONE Major WEAK LINK - Glenn Maxwell - can't bat,can't bowl,can't field. He should be dropped. The experienced David Hussey should take his pace. the other wek LINK, though not so major - is Pat Cimmins.He should be dropped.BenHilfenhaus or Clint Mckay should tke his place for the Semi Fials and Finals.

  • ScottStevo on October 3, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - Pakistan were certainly not "clear" winners in UAE. Aus lost the first game miserably by 70 odd runs, the second game was a tie and was only won in a super over and the third game Pakistan lost miserably by 80 odd runs. Hardly clear winners when it was one all and a tie...

    Pakistan probably are a better T20 team than Australia in these conditions, but don't play that the last match was lost as it was a dead rubber.

    Let's also not forget which T20 team it was that knocked you out of the last world cup ;-)

    @rogerunionjack - At least Australia had two players to worry about, England had Luke Wright as their "W" - LOL!!!! Hardly worthy of worry....Nobody is "quavering" about the return of a non English player to the England side. It will take him a while before he gets back into it. Nonetheless, a left arm offy will see the back of him!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 3, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @Marcio,whethr U want to admit or not,Aussies R clueles against pak spin,pak were clear winners in t20s at dubai,WATSON HAV NEVR SHOWN AGAINST PAK OVR HIS ENTIRE CARER N BTW WHO CARES ABOUT DEAD RUBER(3RD T20) AT DUBAI NOW?LEARN TO RESPECT UR OPONENTS IF THEY R BETR THAN UR TEAM.

  • on October 3, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    After being sliced open like the brittlest of tin cans by Ajmal & Raza, you can bet your bottom dollar that the WIndies will include Badree - & deploy Gayle & Samuels as back-up spinners, too - against Oz in the semi-final. Seeing as Australia can counter them with Hogg, Doherty, Warner, White & Maxwell and/or David Hussey, it promises to be a fascinating contest - which leads me to a couple of questions for the Aussies here: 1. Does Cam White still bowl his leggies? As I recall, they were more than serviceable not so long ago; & 2. Why on earth has David Hussey been omitted so regularly? Given that Bailey's hardly likely to drop himself, why has Maxwell been preferred to Hussey? Their T20 bowling economy rates are pretty much identical (in fact, Hussey has a slight edge), but unless Hussey's declined sharply in the year or so since I last saw him, he remains a batsman of rare destructive power. I've only seen Maxwell bat a couple of times, but by contrast he looked decidedly average.

  • on October 3, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Cpt. Meanster: are you *seriously* buying into Dhoni's pitiful excuse re the rain factor in the Oz v India match? How long was that shower: 25 seconds? 90? Two minutes? Even if we're being ultra-charitable & we go along with the ludicrous notion that a micro-shower can alter pitch conditions to the extent that Dhoni claimed, we're still left with the question: if rain was forecast (which it was), then why didn't Dhoni & India cover their bases by leaving out one or two of their three specialist spinners for an extra seamer or two? Had they done so, they'd still have had Yuvraj, Raina & Sharma as perfectly serviceable back-up spinners. No matter how much Indian fans continue to bleat ineffectually about the rain, the fact remains that the result was down to two factors: 1. Watson & Warner blitzed you mercilessly. Do you honestly believe Balaji or Dinda would've ripped through the Aussie line-up? 2. Dhoni's selection for the game was lamentably muddle-headed, just as it was against SA.

  • Majid_gaffar on October 3, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Pakistan has shown that Aussies are beatable.Can't handle spin .I pray to almighty that pakistan should crush them again in finals.Its just one man army!!!!!!!!!!

  • pat_one_back on October 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    LOL, what happened to the No 1 team in all 3 forms, no OBE's no Parade :( laughing even harder at the Aussie detractors claiming Aust are weak on points derived a sole basis that Watson is the most successful player in this tournament.

  • AMAZINGFAN on October 3, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    I STILL THINK AUS CAN WIN THIS TOURNAMENT....THEY NEED TO BRING DAVID HUSSEY IN... PAK WAS BRILLIANT AGAINST AUS BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHICH PAK SIDE WILL TURN UP IN NEXT GAME HAVING SAID THAT I STILL BACK PAK TO WIN AGAINST SL.....

  • Meety on October 4, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    My prediction is that Hoggy will get the man of the match against the WIndies, he'll get something like 4/20 off 4 overs. Cummins will take a few & Starc & watto their customary 1 or 2 wickets too! Oz by either 30 runs or 6 wickets! == == == At this stage, I would have Sri Lanka as the overall best side to this point. The loss in the 7 over joke-game is even more meaningless than a 20 over loss. I would have Pakistan & Oz neck & neck (Oz a shade ahead) & WIndies the complete underdogs from here on in. If the WIndies knock us off, I'll go for them to win the Cup, but from here on in I am happy for ANY of the remaining four to win.

  • pat_one_back on October 3, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Steady on @Wicky, your team played Aust in to form and got belted in UAE, you want to talk dead rubber, how about the fact Aust took the pitch with a target of 117 with whatever happened from there being irrelevant in the tournament! 118-150 was for a scorebook no-one will ever read again. Pakistan team are at odds to fail badly in at least one of the next two, no disrespect to them, history says this inconsistency is the most consistent attribute of the side not just me.

  • popcorn on October 3, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Australia has ONE Major WEAK LINK - Glenn Maxwell - can't bat,can't bowl,can't field. He should be dropped. The experienced David Hussey should take his pace. the other wek LINK, though not so major - is Pat Cimmins.He should be dropped.BenHilfenhaus or Clint Mckay should tke his place for the Semi Fials and Finals.

  • ScottStevo on October 3, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - Pakistan were certainly not "clear" winners in UAE. Aus lost the first game miserably by 70 odd runs, the second game was a tie and was only won in a super over and the third game Pakistan lost miserably by 80 odd runs. Hardly clear winners when it was one all and a tie...

    Pakistan probably are a better T20 team than Australia in these conditions, but don't play that the last match was lost as it was a dead rubber.

    Let's also not forget which T20 team it was that knocked you out of the last world cup ;-)

    @rogerunionjack - At least Australia had two players to worry about, England had Luke Wright as their "W" - LOL!!!! Hardly worthy of worry....Nobody is "quavering" about the return of a non English player to the England side. It will take him a while before he gets back into it. Nonetheless, a left arm offy will see the back of him!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 3, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @Marcio,whethr U want to admit or not,Aussies R clueles against pak spin,pak were clear winners in t20s at dubai,WATSON HAV NEVR SHOWN AGAINST PAK OVR HIS ENTIRE CARER N BTW WHO CARES ABOUT DEAD RUBER(3RD T20) AT DUBAI NOW?LEARN TO RESPECT UR OPONENTS IF THEY R BETR THAN UR TEAM.

  • on October 3, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    After being sliced open like the brittlest of tin cans by Ajmal & Raza, you can bet your bottom dollar that the WIndies will include Badree - & deploy Gayle & Samuels as back-up spinners, too - against Oz in the semi-final. Seeing as Australia can counter them with Hogg, Doherty, Warner, White & Maxwell and/or David Hussey, it promises to be a fascinating contest - which leads me to a couple of questions for the Aussies here: 1. Does Cam White still bowl his leggies? As I recall, they were more than serviceable not so long ago; & 2. Why on earth has David Hussey been omitted so regularly? Given that Bailey's hardly likely to drop himself, why has Maxwell been preferred to Hussey? Their T20 bowling economy rates are pretty much identical (in fact, Hussey has a slight edge), but unless Hussey's declined sharply in the year or so since I last saw him, he remains a batsman of rare destructive power. I've only seen Maxwell bat a couple of times, but by contrast he looked decidedly average.

  • on October 3, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Cpt. Meanster: are you *seriously* buying into Dhoni's pitiful excuse re the rain factor in the Oz v India match? How long was that shower: 25 seconds? 90? Two minutes? Even if we're being ultra-charitable & we go along with the ludicrous notion that a micro-shower can alter pitch conditions to the extent that Dhoni claimed, we're still left with the question: if rain was forecast (which it was), then why didn't Dhoni & India cover their bases by leaving out one or two of their three specialist spinners for an extra seamer or two? Had they done so, they'd still have had Yuvraj, Raina & Sharma as perfectly serviceable back-up spinners. No matter how much Indian fans continue to bleat ineffectually about the rain, the fact remains that the result was down to two factors: 1. Watson & Warner blitzed you mercilessly. Do you honestly believe Balaji or Dinda would've ripped through the Aussie line-up? 2. Dhoni's selection for the game was lamentably muddle-headed, just as it was against SA.

  • Majid_gaffar on October 3, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Pakistan has shown that Aussies are beatable.Can't handle spin .I pray to almighty that pakistan should crush them again in finals.Its just one man army!!!!!!!!!!

  • pat_one_back on October 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    LOL, what happened to the No 1 team in all 3 forms, no OBE's no Parade :( laughing even harder at the Aussie detractors claiming Aust are weak on points derived a sole basis that Watson is the most successful player in this tournament.

  • AMAZINGFAN on October 3, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    I STILL THINK AUS CAN WIN THIS TOURNAMENT....THEY NEED TO BRING DAVID HUSSEY IN... PAK WAS BRILLIANT AGAINST AUS BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHICH PAK SIDE WILL TURN UP IN NEXT GAME HAVING SAID THAT I STILL BACK PAK TO WIN AGAINST SL.....

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 3, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    My final say in dis wrldcup 4 india,"indian batng z way too ovr.ratd",baring kohli,pak batng was clas above d indians except 4 1 match.OUR BOWLRS WERE RUTHLES AGAINST SA,AUS BT WHAT HAd INDIAN BOWLRS to go about against them?i know Truth hurts bt fact of matr z that india's win ovr safas was a fluke thanks to M.MORKEL,N EVRYBDY KNOWS OUR TEAM HAS MENTAL BLOCK AGAINST IND,SO ITS PAK TEAM WHO LOST RATHR THAN INDIA WON,ALL IN ALL india's perfrmance loks more good on card than they actualy were.TWO BST TEAMS WENT THROUGH TO SEMIS,CASE CLOSD!

  • OneEyedAussie on October 3, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Coming into this tournament, I thought a good benchmark for the Aussies would be making the semi-finals; given the sub-continental conditions, and our problems both with bowling spin and facing it. To beat the West Indies are get into the final would be a very good result I think (which I rate a 50:50 chance). However, I think either Pakistan or Sri Lanka will be taking the trophy home.

  • Rogerunionjack on October 3, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @ seniorgators on (October 03 2012, 09:45 AM GMT) Australia are in the semis only because India were so pathetic in that match. Why hide from the obvious? All teams now know that Watson & Warner are the only real threat. And as Pakistan showed last evening, remove them and you're into the tail. But still, to give credit where it is due, Oz managed to reach the semis, but that's as far as they'll get. PS: Other opponents better start quavering, you-know-who's back!

  • on October 3, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @sports4youth stats aren't everything my boy. Arafat may not have did what Gul did to Australia in those two overs. Try to appreciate the game as it is played and not as it is seen in statsguru:D

  • seniorgators on October 3, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy Just to put your "England has owned Watson in the past 2 test series"in perspective. Watto has averaged 48 in both series as an opener - superior average to Cook and Strauss's test records. I guess all countries have "owned " them based on your criteria.

  • Sports4Youth on October 3, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    I feel that Umar Gul is playing too much Cricket. Especially the Test format he should not be playing for two reasons. One because his stats are worst in that format and it does not suit his style of bowling. His bowling avg of over 33 does not suit a Pakistani bowler. Secondly his poor performance in the Test matches then effects his limited overs cricket. He should simply specialise in limited overs cricket and just forget Test cricket. I SAY THAT EVEN THOUGH HIS PLACE IN THE LIMITED OVERS CRICKET LOOKS DOUBTFULL TO ME. Yasir Arafat has definately performed better than him in this tournament, yet based on reputation Gul continues in the team while Arafat has to make way for Abdul Razzaq.

  • seniorgators on October 3, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy Thought you were on the plane back to the old dart with your tail well and truly between your legs. After all it was you that had boldly predicted England winning the cup. Once again you've not let the facts get in the road of a good story. "Owned" Watson have we. In the past 2 Test series as an opener he has average 48 in both series. MMMMMMMMM. Can you get anything else more wrong!

  • seniorgators on October 3, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @Rogerunionjack Thought you had one foot in the plane and were eating humble pie but apparently not. Just for the record OZ qualified top of the more difficult group and England finished.... Well yes England finished. Be a little careful about your sniping. Your worst nightmare is only 2 games away.

  • on October 3, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Gul is a match winner and arafat is just another player. if its between gul and arafat i will play gul 100 out of 100 times.

  • ScottStevo on October 3, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    A lot of these one man army comments are completely unwarranted and totally infactual. For starters, it's our 3 guys at the top of the order that are scoring the bulk of our runs (which considering there's only 20 overs, you'd expect - and if that's not the case, then your team needs to change their top3!), but you're completely forgetting the rest of the bolwing line up, especially M Starc who has bowled very well and taken early wickets that have greatly assisted Australia...

    From here on in any team is capable of winning the trophy. One off matches of T20 can be decided pretty quickly by one good knock, or one good over, regardless of perceived weaknesses - especially in the case of Australia's whereby you're relying on taking 2-3 wickets to get into our middle order, which just mightn't happen....

  • Sports4Youth on October 3, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Among Pak bowlers Gul has taken the least amount of wickets (2) , he has the worst average (71) , and worst economy (10.14) , still he is regarded as the spearhead of the Pakistani attack. What is the criteria that they follow ?

  • Sports4Youth on October 3, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Inspite of having the best Avg among pak bowlers and inspite of having the best economy among pak fast bowlers Yasir Arafat is out of the team. What wrong has he done ?

  • Sports4Youth on October 3, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Pak Stats by averages --> http://stats.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/engine/records/bowling/best_career_bowling_average.html?id=6856;team=7;type=tournament

  • Sports4Youth on October 3, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Pak stats by ecomomy --> http://stats.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/engine/records/bowling/best_career_economy_rate.html?id=6856;team=7;type=tournament

  • Sports4Youth on October 3, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Gul 2 wicks, @ avg 71, eco 10.14 ,, Y.Arafat 5 wicks, avg 14.60, eco 9.12 , WHICH OF THESE TWO GUYS SHOULD BE IN THE TEAM ? Stats --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/team/7.html

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 3, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    I would say it was a 'good' loss if there is one.reason-1)Aus had all but assured of semis ,all they needed was 112 and they did the sensible by ensuring to safely over-haul the target and that was all that was needed.2)The loss came at the best possible stage if it had to in the tournament an all that matters is winning the final two games that are effectively deciders.3)Any sign of complacency or denial in the camp related to the shortfalls in the team(middle order) are laid bare and the gives the thinkthank clear insight into remedial tactics before knockouts.Aus has a golden chance this time to win their 1st Wt20 title only need the whole team to step up as an unit an not just leave it to Watson or Hussey in the big games ...

  • Sports4Youth on October 3, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Pls c these shocking STATS :--> http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/team/7.html

  • rickyvoncanterbury on October 3, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @Rogerunionjackso when you say its Time to remind the has beens that their place is just above Ireland & India.that does seen a strange route for the English to fly HOME, @rednwhitearmy I reclon the only thing you OWN is a computer

  • Biggus on October 3, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    @VivtheGreatest-Well said mate, if all your countrymen were like yourself we'd all get along a lot better. We also have our share of silly posters too. Hopefully the rest of us can still communicate through the static and white noise.

  • HJ_verdict on October 3, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @Marcio : To my understanding Pak won 1 world cup (50-50) in Australia and one T20 worldcup in England. India on other hand one 1 world cup (50-50) in England and one T20 worldcup in South Africa. So i guess you should better not talk about Asian teams not faring well in non -asian conditions and must do reality check upon how to improve your country's performance. Great Aussie and WI teams of past have won world cups through out the globe, but now they are nothing compared to past.

  • Marcio on October 3, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    @ WaseemZaidi, I said "no fastbowlers COMING out of the sub-continent", not "CAME out". No doubt about the fast bowling pedigree of those players. And if Gul is so good, why didn't his capatin trust him to bowl until the game was effectively over? The reason is that fastbowlers can actually be a liability when the pitch is so low and slow, even if they bowl well. e.g. Cummins typically concedes 2-3 boundaries off edges per innings. If those great Indian and PAK fastbowlers were playing now they'd be lucky to get a bowl till the 17th over too, if at all; made redundant by stock spinners who put it on the spot and wait for batsmen to make mistakes trying to force the ball off the wicket square. Even Doherty was getting big spin last night. That just about says it all.

  • on October 3, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    I think Australia goofed in going with the same combination through the games. It is a good wake up call and better to cop it now than in the semis or the finals.Maxwell is clearly out of depth and he fielded dumbly yesterday though lots of Australia"s problems would not have been in evidence if White was in the slips. Maxwell dropped a sitter and Jamsher made runs. Clearly the australians are not great players of spin but David Hussey can support Mike who stands head and shoulders above everyone else. I am not sure if Doherty is a better bet or McKay though they must play Hogg who is a wild card and most new batsmen cannot pick him.i The team would really depend on the competition but Maxwell is fast turning out to be a Steve Smith pushed in far ahead of his time. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • on October 3, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy

    You have players who OWN Watson?

    Watson has an Ashes batting average of 48.

    England has only had three players with a higher ashes average than that since the 1980s.

  • VivtheGreatest on October 3, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    @Cpt Meanster, I think since Australia qualified and India didn't and also considering the fact that they thrashed us comprehensively u should be a bit more graceful in defeat and accept that we were not good enough instead of trying to find silly excuses. Congrats to all the teams that made the semis from India

  • ltb0000 on October 3, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    @marcio I think you dont watch cricket properly. Pakistan team have some fast and medium pacers too. Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Cheema, Muhammad sami, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Yasir Arafat, Abdur Razzaq and Abdur Rehman are in Pakistani team but they arent playing in this event as u can see the pitch condition.

  • Chris_P on October 3, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @Meety. Totally agree with you. Am glad we lost one before the knock-out phase. No presentteam is good enough to go undefeated at this level. It is very amusing to read this 1 or 2 man team. Think about it. If you select openers, you want them to succeed & in a perfect world your #3 would never bat!. Australia just had an incredible run where they won with few wickets lost, meaning, obviously, their middle & lower order didn't bat. A hit in the middle to iron out rust was what they really needed. Their intent was to qualify only, which they did, against most expectations if you go by the "expert" pre tournament predictions. I have been saying it all along, you are only as good as your next game in this tournament. For the teams still left, that means 2 games for 2 & one more for the other 2. 3 Teams will go home disappointed, one team will be smiling & personally, I'll be happy when this hit& giggle is over so we can back to real cricket.

  • on October 3, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    @Marcio - Art of playing Spin bowling is just as important to cricket as playing swing is.

  • heathrf1974 on October 3, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Unfortunately the batting struggled against quality spin on a low turner (except Hussey) which most teams would, with the exception of India. I'm glad the Aussies are in the semis, I just hope David Hussey gets in the team and Cummins becomes more accurate.

  • Rogerunionjack on October 3, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    What else would one expect from a team that has a tail starting from No. 4? The Aussies are lucky to get this far, but even luck can't get them any further. A calypso thrashing awaits them. Well done Pakistan, and good luck WI for the semis. Time to remind the has beens that their place is just above Ireland & India.

  • Meety on October 3, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @WaseemZaidi on (October 03 2012, 03:15 AM GMT) - mate, whilst there are some greats in there, that is, at the end of the day only 9 you listed in over 60 years since WWII! In Oz alone I could name that many Test bowlers with stats comparable to most of the bowlers you named, just from the last 10 years! Apart from Gul, none of the bowlers you mentioned are playing Tests currently. So Marcio has a valid point! @S.Zaryb Hussain - well balanced post, keep it up! @Marcio - I would actually say (in terms of T20), Pakistan has the wood on us. Yes we lost the last series in a super over, but look either side of that & Pakistan have our number in T20s. That said, I would back us IF we play them in the Final!

  • RednWhiteArmy on October 3, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @BrisVegan We only have players who OWN watson, he's never done anything against us. In the last few ashes we've OWNED him and as a result OWNED australia

  • WaseemZaidi on October 3, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Hey @Marcio, you said "No wonder there are no fastbowlers coming out of the sub-continent", Well perhaps you would like to tell me who were Sarfaraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Waseem Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Kapil Dev, Vaas, Malinga etc :)

  • AnoMaLy on October 3, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Don't get why white is in the playing X1. Thats what happens when your main man fails. Aus needs Dave Hussey

  • BrisVegan on October 3, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy England's plan B - return home and hone their skills for the next T20 world cup. If only you had one player as good as Watson.. =)

  • Sanj747 on October 3, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    The loss is actually not a bad thing for the aussies. They will come back strong.

  • sundoo on October 3, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Australian middle order is very brittle and they don't have a winner spinner. On wickets which play slow they will have a hard time.David Hussey must b in the team.They are not likely to win the cup.

  • Marcio on October 3, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Good performance from PAK, but it's still a 50-50 proposition with these two teams, just as it was in the UAE a few weeks ago (even without Watson in the ODIs, which AUS won). PAK has a fragile batting lineup, and they founder as often as they flourish. On with the semis! I'd give AUS a 50-50 chance vs the Windies, even though the WI have been mostly awful in this series, and a 50-50 chance if they make the final. This is T20, and nothing matters but the game going down.

  • Marcio on October 3, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    It's a bit of a nothing story, really. Nothing has changed since the UAE, where AUS won the ODIs (with no Watson) and lost the T20s in a super over (with Watson). I seem to recall AUS won one T20 game by 80 runs there. Since PAK didn't bother to use a fastbowler until the game was effectively over (3 overs from the end), how else were AUS ever going to lose (if they lost?). Certainly not via pace bowling! Anyway, AUS have done a great job in making the semis in conditions absurdly in favour of spin and sub-continent teams yet again (just like the UAE). No wonder there are no fastbowlers coming out of the sub-continent. Why bother to bend your back on rolled mud? One can only wonder how these teams will ever compete outside the sub-continent when they repeatedly dish up pitches like this.

  • MeanMachines33 on October 3, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Dave Hussey needs to be included. He can bowl (a bit), he is a big game player, plays spin well enough and doesn't crack under pressure. He can hit as big as Cameron White and Cameron White is volatile rarely hitting a big score when it is needed. I think D Hussey has proven himself especially at 20/20 and played some important innings for Australia. He would bring confidence to a fragile middle order

  • on October 3, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    @BrisVegan I think most Pakistani fans know that Australia is one of the competitive, if no best teams recently in all formats no matter what! & Yes, Australia is not one man army depending on watson. Infact, trust me more Pakistanis are concerned about M.Hussey than Shane watson when Australia is playing against Pakistan. Although I must say Australia's batting has lost its quality that it used to have. Only M.Hussey & Watson are the Reliable players in current batting setup. I don't know why I feel Maxwell has that X-Factor in him that can make him a great match winner for Australia (If given consistant chances).

    P.S: All the teams qualified for semi final well deserved the spot. From now on, the team having a better day at their respective matches will win this competition. Hoping for the best!

  • on October 3, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @dewansharie I was reading all the comment and I really laughed at your comment lol! Same Australian team thrashing Pakistan in own backyard? First of all, you can't call a neutral venue backyard! Because if you have ever watched matches played on Pakistani pitches you will know they are no way near like the ones in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Second, thrashing in ONE game is the big word! What could be fluke?Pakistan winning 3 matches against Aussie and beating them miserably 2 times in Abu Dhabi/Dubai and 1 time in Sri Lanka or Aussie thrashing Pakistan just once? Lol!

  • Biggus on October 3, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @ RoJayao-Well said, you've summed it up rather well.

  • on October 3, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    I would like to see an Australia Pakistan final, so that we can find out Australia's spin problems are not acute and Pakistan is not a flute. Pakistan just beat Australia in a 20 20 series in UAE and they knew them very well and used their strength against Australia's weakness very well. If they meet again neither the Pakistani strength gonna disappear nor Australia's spin playing capabilities gonna improve dramatically. Australia is not one man army against Pakistan better to say "A Hussey Army"

  • Swingit on October 3, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Wow I like how everyone here is counting this as a 3 team semi (OZ. PK and SL), its like Windies dont exist lol. Isn't that strange given that there was soooo much hype around the Windies as the pre-tournament favourites? Now they are in the semis as everyone predicted, while Aus are there as not many predicted, and its the Oz team along with SL and Pk that are hyped now. I think that is a good thing for the Windies they dont do good when hyped. i think the 4 most deserving teams are in the semis so no quarrel there, Any two in the finals would be great but I really would like to see a final where Narine can go head to head with Ajmal (we can see if he is really of quality when stacked up against Ajmal), and Gayle and Samuels and go up against Ajmal and Gul (about the two best bowlers in cricket today apart from Steyn)

  • challagalla on October 3, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Well played Pakistan today. They really played out of their skins and sent India packing. They did themselves a huge favour by winning big and India frankly never even looked like winning against SF. That one big loss against Australia did us in. The tactics of Dhoni today just made no sense. Pakistan's strength is bowling and they bowled 18 overs of spin and strangulated Australia. India strength is batting and we could not post a 180+total. Knowing SF weakness against spin, bowling Ashwin so late made no sense. The bottom line is we lost out on net run rate and we are out. We can analyse endlessly here why we did not force a win against Pakistan in the 15th over or why we played so badly against australia, its all pointless. Thats for the team management and the selectors to ponder and make the changes. A big congrats to both our neighbours for making it to the semis and looking forward to good cricket from all the 4 teams.

  • Dvirus on October 3, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Com'on guys .. what happened in the past between Pak and Aus.. is the past .. Pak won the series thats all Pak cared about and the third match was a dead rubber so pak never cares .. what mattered is the T20 world cup and the bottom line is that .. India got trashed by WATSON and pakistan Trashed Australia and South africa kicked India Out :D

  • on October 3, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @ BrisVegan. and why can't we gloat over our win today:) we cleary outplayed them & we are the ones who won t20 series in uae. i could say the same you beat us again and gloat over ur victory nobody will stop u. but plz don't stop others. and two man army right now is the fact even if it's disrespectful. if u won as a team no will say that. :) (peace)

  • on October 3, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    India is the only team that plays ajmal well... once watson/ warner were gone... it was over... law of averages caught up with the 2 Ws..

  • on October 3, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    That watson is just too inconsistent,isnt he?

  • RednWhiteArmy on October 3, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Australia is a team without a plan b.. Watson or a collapse are the options hahaha

  • avnxa1 on October 3, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    @dewansharie On what basis are you comparing Gayle and Ajmal? Have you witnessed exceptional performance by Gayle against Ajmal? You are right that a team of 11 Ajmals will lose, but that's purely because 11 Ajmals cannot score while batting ;).

  • RoJayao on October 2, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    That's T20 for you! Hey look Pakistan are always capable of playing a complete game like that and credit to them, they saved their best game for Australia when they needed it most and showed some frailties in Australia's lineup that no one else had been able to expose to this point. On talent alone, Pakistan on their day can beat anyone. The big question on them though is that they only play at their best occasionally. Can they play three brilliant games in a row against top opponents to win? The answer is only maybe. They are a brilliant but incredibly flaky team. Don't expect Australia to be so easy to wreck if we meet again in the final!

  • dewansharie on October 2, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    well everyone is talking about Pakistani win over Australia. be realistic guys Australia was ranked 9 in T20s and Pakistan was on 4th if i am not mistaken. there is really no comparison b/w them. don't forget Westindies who have brutal power in their batting and if its Gayles day no one can steal the show not even a team of 11 Ajmals playing in the team can stop him. i really want to see that contest. Aussies are bad at spin but what you say of Pakistan who can bat one day but next morning they are completely out of thoughts how to bat. Indians i guess never tried to restrict SA i think Dhoni was a little reluctant on make big moves and to attack. secondly sirilanka has the same story as Aussies top 3 have to score or else they are out of thoughts how to get runs. Aussies have to rely on their top order one more time in order to get them through. i guess we all forgetting that same aussies team has just thrashed Pakies in one T20 match in their own backyard.

  • kamiCric on October 2, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    I don't understand the fuss about David Hussey's place. Cameron White is a better hitter of the ball and he's showed that time and again. Australia, England and South Africa have all struggled against quality spin and there is no shame in that. Just like Sub-Continent teams struggle in English and Australian conditions. Australians have qualified for the semis and have equal chance of lifting the trophy and given their history they can shed today's beating and come out strong again in the next match, as any other quality team would. Sri Lankans have slight edge going in to the semis. A final between Aussies and Pakistanis or Sri Lankans would be a mouth watering contest.

  • disco_bob on October 2, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    That's it Watto's run is over get rid of him and bring back Katich.

  • BrisVegan on October 2, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan. Great bowling display by spinners who bowled intelligently and with great control - once the two W's were out of the way, the under-done middle order was exposed, as expected. I did not expect such a poor batting effort, however. Oz will need to work on that to have any hope moving forward, but perhaps if there was any game where Watson and Warner could fail, this was it. Encouraging performance yet again from Hussey - he's a class act. To all Pak fans talking Australia down - how about you congratulate your team and leave it at that - all teams have their good and bad days. You can gloat all you like if you make the final and manage to win it. The "one man army" comments are disrespectful - it's at least a TWO man army with Hussey, thank you very much!

  • Meety on October 2, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Firstly - well done Pakistan. There can be no doubts that Pakistan were the better side on the day/night. From an Ozzy perspective, I am glad we lost one now, as I don't think we would of won the Cup undefeated. I would of hated to have had a repeat of the last Cup where the only game we lost was the final.

  • OzWally on October 2, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Call Australia a 1 man team at your peril. This team had been so dominant so far this tournament that no one below #4 has had any meaningful time at the crease. Today they got a hit and if they are to lose one it was best to be today. Yes, Pakistan played well, but we've also seen then throw in some shockers. This tournament is far from over for the Aussies.

  • JG2704 on October 2, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. I'm really please you qualified ahead of India and SA. Spin was a key weapon but I was also hugely impressed by Gul who came on late in the day and got his lengths and lines spot on straight away. As I said , in this format any team can beat any other and even thrash any other as Pakistan proved by getting blitzed by India a few days ago and then a few days later blitzing Australia who in turn blitzed India a few days before India blitzed Pakistan. Congratulations from England for joining SL as Asia's premier cricket sides in the T20 finals.

  • BG4cricket on October 2, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    I think the Aussies would have a problem if they had to play Pakistan again but for this to happen the Pakistanis will need to beat SL first which I don't think will happen as their batting is just not good enough. They will line up OK against WI whose quality of spinners is not in the same class for the semi - the key will be whether they can restrict the WI to a total and much depends on Gayle and Samuels and for Australia on Starc's bowling (which has been excellent) and an improved effort from Cummins who has been off the pace at the moment. SL will handle Pakistan's attack much better and should post enough runs to win as apart from Jamshed, Pakistan's batting does not look capable of posting enough to defend or chase say 160 to win.

  • JG2704 on October 2, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    @xylo on (October 02 2012, 17:37 PM GMT) Do you mean David's brother Mike or do you mean Aus should have had David in the side?

  • mr.yaz on October 2, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    first of all thanks to indian and sri lankan who supports pakistan ( after india knocout) at this point all teams are level they all came that long now all 4 teams have some good and some bad sides as pakistan often show bad side with bat aswell as aus. WI depends alot on gayle as u get gayle out early match is yours 30/40% but SL good they have balanced team with 3-4 great batsman and couple of match winning bowlers too. first semi is between pak vs sl whoever win this match will pickup the trophy trust me.

  • xylo on October 2, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Pakistan have learnt from their previous encounters against Australia that spin ties them down. It is surprising that in the age of laptop-hugging coaches, no other team realized their Achilles' heel!

  • pat_one_back on October 2, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, this is an Asian owned tournament now, include W.Indies as they're used to slow rolled dirt too. At least the Aussies weren't bamboozled they just couldn't get up & under and needed to push the 1's & 2's aggressively and wait on something loftable as Hussey did. Time for another Hussey, his IPL darts will be more use than offering batsmen pace to work with and Hoggie needs bounce to be effective. Only Aussie hopes now are more spin as poor as India bowled us or 2 more freakish Watson knocks. Doubt he or Warner will see another ball +100km this tournament.

  • Aefroze on October 2, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Finally Pakistan beat India in a World Cup, though not when playing against them. Even beating India on Net Run Rate implied that Pakistan played better cricket over-all.

  • Swingit on October 2, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Hmm well it should be and interesting semi between Ozzies and Windies. I think the Ozzies are even more reliant on Watson than the Windies are on Gayle. So which of those two will really fire (I dont think Gayle had had a true "storm" innings yet). I think the Windies are obviously going to throw Narine, Badree and Samuels at Ozzies and that could be trouble cuz unlike in their earlier meeting where Oz raced to 100 on less than 10 overs the SL pitches are now slowing down dramatically. I think both semis will be crackers so I am loath to make any predictions now, it's truly anybody's game.

  • on October 2, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    No more chance for imran nazir .asad shafiq should give a chance in semi's

  • mun_bhai on October 2, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    This T20 world cup has a 1999 world cup vibe..

  • OhPakistan on October 2, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 'Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ya beauty GIANT KILLERS !!!!!!! Masterful planning and superb execution !!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 2, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    @ Arya bhatta Thanks for the support :) We're looking forward to the series in December *cheers*

  • khankijaan on October 2, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    well played india,y the indians r blaming rain for their exit out from the tournament ??there is a better excuse than "that rain" ...u know whats that excuse?????? this WC was not held in india otherwise they wud have won the WC (like they did in 2011)..lollllllllzzzzzzzz....but still i would say indians have played really well

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 2, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    No more chances for Imran Nazir please. My team for semi final would be : (1) Hafeez (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) Kamran Akmal (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Umar Akmal (6) Shaoib Malik (7) Afridi (8) Razzaq (9) Gul (10) Ajmal (11) Raza Hassan/ Sohail Tanvir.

  • Zamana on October 2, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Thank you SA for the splendid run chase.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 2, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    This Australian team is average. I kept saying it all the time and today they showed why. The rain saved them against India with all the Indians bowlers struggling against the wet ball. Today.. in drier conditions, they struggled against the Pakistani bowling; particularly the spinners. I am not sure whom they will face in the semis but if they get to play SL, they will be knocked out. It's a Watson and Warner show at the top or a total no show if both of them fail.

  • on October 2, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Since India is out, I hope SL wins. Both SL and Pak can easily defeat Australia, if they get Watson out early. Rest of Australia is pretty much hollow.

  • Surajdon9 on October 2, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Pakinstan will lift the Trophy well played boys keep it up..........

  • drnaveed on October 2, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    congratulations to pakistan for winning the game against australia.thanks to sa for helping us out in our equation. the tough group matches experience will help us in the upcoming semi final game,hopefully . from now onwards there is no chance of any mistakes.our fielding looked much improved today, and the whole team looked like a single unit, i wonder what happens to them when they face india in a world cup match.the whole nation is proud of you.

  • Nadeem1976 on October 2, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    thanks australia for not playing spin well. thanks for the favor to pakistan. you are the best aussies.

  • on October 2, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @Gautam Surely after such a well-measured display from Hussey today, it'd be at least a two man army?

  • on October 2, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    if Australia want to win this tournament, they need to cope with the spin better than that. their middle order looked totally out of place against spin today.

  • on October 2, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    its right.aussies are just one man army.and INSHALLAH this one man army will be defeated by the united green team.PAKISTAN

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 2, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I was expecting comfortable win for Aus but then their middle order got exposed. Bailey and white are not even IPL materials. warner is IPL material. Only watson and Hussey are international quality. Wonder what RandyOz is going to say now. England atleast got close against SL match.

  • P4K1ST4N_7 on October 2, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Well done Pakistan for splendid performance...

  • on October 2, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    it was a great effort by Pakistan, hope they will be more determent in semi, best of luck Green shirts.....

  • on October 2, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    That's what happens when a team start depending on one or two players.It's T20 everyone should anticipate.Credit for poor batting performance by Aussies should go to Hafeez who made smart changes and didn't bring his Pace makers until the very last moments.Aussies should now be cautious.!

  • ameen786 on October 2, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Well pakistan played like tigers cheers for the team this is the win which can boost pakistan to lift the title... Saeed Ajmal best spinner in the world he has proved again that he can change the game and not to forget Young Hasan raza bowling with tight line and on right spots for warner and watson.. Good captaincy by hafeez keeping slip fielder always,razzaq came good,Jamshed and kamran played well with bat,not to forget Umar gul with his reversing bowling yorkers.... All the best keep up th same performance for 2 more matches.....

  • vkypak on October 2, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    great effort once again by the great bowling attack....pakistan's spinners bowled 16 overs and only conceded 80 runs and got 7 wickets ......

  • on October 2, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Final will be between Pakistan and Australia..................any doubt??????????

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 2, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Great bowling by pakistani spinners. Raza hassan was impressive. Afridi needs some rest. Razzaqs inclusion proved its worth.

  • Cric_info_pak on October 2, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @gautam N. Shenoy it means you want pakistan to win the cup as they r not one man army .

  • EngineerKhan on October 2, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Really agree to Gautam. Watson deserves the Man of the Tournament but Bailey (and his men) no way near deserving to hold the cup

  • bumsonseats on October 2, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    were england were poor at the start of their innings, the aussies have been good at the start hence they have been good in the competition. if that fails then i expect poor results. as the games have passed the conditions have and will favour the asian bloc with the spinners, and india may have the best T20 competition but have not the best players as they should have minimum, got into the finals. i expect it to be the aussies v pakistan in the finals and unless conditions change pakistan to win.

  • on October 2, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @Gautam, thats the case with India also, they are over reliant on Kohli these days..

  • mazii on October 2, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Come on Pakistan. It's delicious; I'm loving it my dear. Pakistan you showed that never predict about Pakistan. They are simply but sophisticatedly unpredictable. It's unpredictability at best.

  • xylo on October 2, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    If David Hussey's importance was not realized today, I can only pity the Australian team. Against the West Indies, a lot depends on Ravi Rampaul. He seems to be picking up a wicket to start with, and then bowl a steady stream of half-trackers. If Australia are made to bat first though, I wonder how they will go about setting a target, knowing that the likes of Gayle, Charles, Bravo, Pollard, Russell are to bat next. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, can only be matched by a sub-continental team. India/Pakistan whoever makes it, will make it an exciting contest (though, in reality, given the frequency of Ind-SL matches, I would rather have a Pak-SL match). And not to forget the invisible hands of Duckworth and Lewis.

  • haq33 on October 2, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    @ Gautam N. Shenoy. Well one 1-man army is through and another 1-man army is out. No justice in the world I guess.

  • freeboy26 on October 2, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    One of the teams did not play to win.. I hope they lose in the next match too

  • Aaryabhatta on October 2, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Well played Pakistan....From an Indian...Lanka/Pak keep trophy in Asia

  • on October 2, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Dhoni messed up big time by not using his bowlers right, rohit over was a waste shud have attacked MORE...sad that india blew their chances....all the best to pak brothers...better u than others

  • on October 2, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Com'on Mr Smith Robertson where are your 2w's, what damage did they do to Pakistan? where are your 200+ Scores? Now you will be out of race a subcontinental will win the cup. And plz watch/think before you talk. and thats Pakistan always changes predictions.

  • on October 2, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Its a one man army, isn't it? Never seen ten passengers in a team before. They are more dependent on Watson now than India was on Sachin in the 90s. I hope the cup goes to a "team" and not this one man army..

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  • on October 2, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Its a one man army, isn't it? Never seen ten passengers in a team before. They are more dependent on Watson now than India was on Sachin in the 90s. I hope the cup goes to a "team" and not this one man army..

  • on October 2, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Com'on Mr Smith Robertson where are your 2w's, what damage did they do to Pakistan? where are your 200+ Scores? Now you will be out of race a subcontinental will win the cup. And plz watch/think before you talk. and thats Pakistan always changes predictions.

  • on October 2, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Dhoni messed up big time by not using his bowlers right, rohit over was a waste shud have attacked MORE...sad that india blew their chances....all the best to pak brothers...better u than others

  • Aaryabhatta on October 2, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Well played Pakistan....From an Indian...Lanka/Pak keep trophy in Asia

  • freeboy26 on October 2, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    One of the teams did not play to win.. I hope they lose in the next match too

  • haq33 on October 2, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    @ Gautam N. Shenoy. Well one 1-man army is through and another 1-man army is out. No justice in the world I guess.

  • xylo on October 2, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    If David Hussey's importance was not realized today, I can only pity the Australian team. Against the West Indies, a lot depends on Ravi Rampaul. He seems to be picking up a wicket to start with, and then bowl a steady stream of half-trackers. If Australia are made to bat first though, I wonder how they will go about setting a target, knowing that the likes of Gayle, Charles, Bravo, Pollard, Russell are to bat next. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, can only be matched by a sub-continental team. India/Pakistan whoever makes it, will make it an exciting contest (though, in reality, given the frequency of Ind-SL matches, I would rather have a Pak-SL match). And not to forget the invisible hands of Duckworth and Lewis.

  • mazii on October 2, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Come on Pakistan. It's delicious; I'm loving it my dear. Pakistan you showed that never predict about Pakistan. They are simply but sophisticatedly unpredictable. It's unpredictability at best.

  • on October 2, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @Gautam, thats the case with India also, they are over reliant on Kohli these days..

  • bumsonseats on October 2, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    were england were poor at the start of their innings, the aussies have been good at the start hence they have been good in the competition. if that fails then i expect poor results. as the games have passed the conditions have and will favour the asian bloc with the spinners, and india may have the best T20 competition but have not the best players as they should have minimum, got into the finals. i expect it to be the aussies v pakistan in the finals and unless conditions change pakistan to win.