Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.20pm: Well, at least both teams beat the rain, eh? This was shaping up to probably the finish of the tournament so far, until Starc and Australia nipped out the last three wickets in nine balls to ensure a comfortable-enough margin of victory... Anyway, thanks for chipping in, you can go over everything on the Live Report and then we'll have Danyal's considered wrap on the site soon. There's another pretty tasty match-up tomorrow, heavens permitting, so make sure to join us again for that. From myself, Miller and Alex (and Ranjith), it's cheerio for now!

6.10pm: Presentations time, Sarfaraz Ahmed first up: "Definitely, the batting was short and that's why we lost the match, Hasan batted well, Wahab batted well, we fought but could not win. We conceded too many runs first 20 overs, except for Amir the other bowlers did not bowl well, 270-80 was [par]. If we want to win, the fop four have to make runs. Imam made fifty, Babar made 30, but the top four must score runs. [Next game v India?] We will try our level best."

Australia captain Aaron Finch: "They certainly did [run it close], it's always tough when you've got guys like Hasan and Wahab coming out and swinging. When they get on a roll it can be tough to stop. We had to bowl our best ball, yorker or length, if your execution is off you go out of the ground. Disappointing we didn't bat out 50 overs, when you go in with an extra better. We probably tried to go too hard too early and ended up 20-30 runs short. But great we still got the two points despite not finishing off. It was a tough call, when you lose your allrounder you have to chose an extra better or bowler. We backed Maxwell to bowl ten overs, he got seven out and I managed to sneak a couple."

6pm: The points go with green and gold, Australia completing a 41-run win despite the best efforts of the Pakistan tail. Taunton was jumping to the Jailbreak Rock for a while, but in the end the curate's egg turned out to be mostly bad for Pakistan. Australia move up to six points with their third win, and that is a setback for Sarfaraz Ahmed's men in green, who showed flashes of what they were capable of but ultimately couldn't hold it together.

David Warner is named Man of the Match: "When I got out we had 70 balls to go, as the 'in' batter you want to bat 50 overs. We should have been around 340-50, credit to Pakistan, their second spells were fantastic and made it hard for us to hit down the ground. It was a used wicket and a touch dry, they bowled very straight lines, gave me no width, I just had to come out [and grind]... bit of movement early on, had to be tighter and climb into the back-of-a-length balls. For us it's about the way we finished, some great knocks for Pakistan, Wahab freeing his arms. Our bowlers bowled fantastic, they probably got closer than we expected but it was a great game."

Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, OUT, run out backing up! Maxwell seals it for Straya! Leaps to take the ball one-handed at short extra cover, then fires a throw at one-and-a-bit stumps to leave Sarfaraz well short! No dramas, mate

Sarfaraz Ahmed run out (Maxwell) 40 (96m 48b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Starc to Mohammad Amir, OUT, 145kph/90mph full toss, Amir drags on! In no position to drive, all the weight going back and a thick inside edge judders the base of middle stump! Starc bringing the Mortal Kombat styles here, 'Finish him!'

Mohammad Amir b Starc 0 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Starc to Wahab Riaz, OUT, beats the bat, Wahab poking at it off the back foot, Carey and Starc like it! Not given by umpire Palliyaguruge, but Australia review with one second left on the countdown! Fencing off the back foot, well away from the body, if there was a sound it must have been bat... and there's a line on Ultra Edge! That's the breakthrough, Starc prises one out! Huge relief for Finch, who called for the DRS at the very last moment

Wahab Riaz c †Carey b Starc 45 (49m 39b 2x4 3x6) SR: 115.38

Richardson to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs, slower ball, loops out as a full toss and Wahab dinks it behind square, Cummins is coming round at deep backward point, but he makes it back for two with a full-blooded dive!

Kane Richardson back now. Australia still need to find an over from somewhere, remember. Asking rate back over seven

Starc to Wahab Riaz, no run, dug in, spiteful bumper and Wahab jumps, jerks and drops his hands! Decent ball, gets a respectful head wobble from Wahab, but he played it well
Starc to Wahab Riaz, no run, round the wicket, short over the stumps at 148kph/92mph, Wahab gets into line

"Difference will be , how long Sarfraz stays at the crease, and How Starc bowls. Game of Nerves," gulps Hameed Rasheed

Coulter-Nile to Wahab Riaz, SIX runs, six more, heaved over cow corner! Sweetly struck, Pakistan getting a moooooooove on now!
Maxwell to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, lobbed up and heaved over the leg side, looks to be bouncing away but Coulter-Nile pulls off a well-timed intervention on the rope! Just the single

Pressure on Maxwell now

Maxwell to Wahab Riaz, SIX runs, smooshed into the stands at long-on! This is just a clean smack down the ground, carted for a straight six!
Maxwell to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs, dragged past off stump, just a scrap of bottom edge for four! Beats Carey and zips to the rope, you should be so lucky, Wahab!

Into the final Powerplay, Pakistan needing 78 from 60 balls. Glenn Maxwell back on as Finch seeks to burgle two more overs from his fifth bowler

Here's Dev: "@Nissar, that's the ground in South Africa where India played a match against Namibia, Pietermaritzburg, I guess, in 2003 WC"

Coulter-Nile to Wahab Riaz, SIX runs, woof, that's gone! Smoked into the crowd at deep backward square leg! Short ball and dealt with equally curtly (not Ambrose) by Wahab. Pakistan still in with a glimmer, here
Starc to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs, fuller now, tailing away at 144kph/89mph and slashed wide of slip for a boundary! Smith leapt to his right, but couldn't get near! Streaky but Pakistan'll take 'em how they come
Starc to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, ouch, that's gonna hurt in the morning... short and spitting venom as Wahab fends it away with a combination of arm, glove and body
Richardson to Hasan Ali, OUT, gottim, suckered with the bumper! Dug in and Hasan takes the bait, comes off the toe of the bat and Khawaja settles under it at fine leg. Hasan's merry jig is over, Richardson bouncing back from a bit of a pasting to claim his second wicket!

Hasan Ali c Khawaja b Richardson 32 (17m 15b 3x4 3x6) SR: 213.33

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st2Fakhar ZamanImam-ul-Haq
2nd54Babar AzamImam-ul-Haq
3rd80Mohammad HafeezImam-ul-Haq
4th10Mohammad HafeezSarfaraz Ahmed
5th1Shoaib MalikSarfaraz Ahmed
6th13Sarfaraz AhmedAsif Ali
7th40Sarfaraz AhmedHasan Ali
8th64Wahab RiazSarfaraz Ahmed
9th1Sarfaraz AhmedMohammad Amir
10th1Sarfaraz AhmedShaheen Shah Afridi