Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    5.1 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
    4.4 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
    26.4 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
    23.2 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 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
    41.3 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
    33.6 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
    42.2 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
    49.5 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
    43.6 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
    not out
    10 (lb 5, w 5)
    213 all out (49.5 Overs, RR: 4.27)
    Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 4.4 ov), 2-24 (Ahmed Shehzad, 5.1 ov), 3-97 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 23.2 ov), 4-112 (Haris Sohail, 26.4 ov), 5-124 (Umar Akmal, 29.1 ov), 6-158 (Shahid Afridi, 33.6 ov), 7-188 (Sohaib Maqsood, 41.3 ov), 8-188 (Wahab Riaz, 42.2 ov), 9-195 (Sohail Khan, 43.6 ov), 10-213 (Ehsan Adil, 49.5 ov)
    MA Starc1014024.00383020
    JR Hazlewood1013543.50414010
    MG Johnson1004214.20382120
    GJ Maxwell704326.14213200
    SR Watson501703.40171000
    JP Faulkner7.503113.95292000
    8.3 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
    2.3 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
    26.4 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
    10.4 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
    not out
    not out
    9 (w 9)
    216/4 (33.5 Overs, RR: 6.38)
    Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Aaron Finch, 2.3 ov), 2-49 (David Warner, 8.3 ov), 3-59 (Michael Clarke, 10.4 ov), 4-148 (Steven Smith, 26.4 ov)
    Sohail Khan7.505717.27268120
    Ehsan Adil503116.20184100
    Rahat Ali603706.16215010
    Wahab Riaz905426.00273160
    Shahid Afridi403007.5072000
    Haris Sohail20703.5050000

Match Notes

  • Wahab (nearly) dismantles Watson

    An epic tale of bowler v batsman

  • Why we loved Wahab's spell

    Pakistanis glory in spectacle because it provides a buffer against the disappointment they have come to accept as their lot

  • Umpires right to rap Wahab, Watson

    Here's the important detail many of us overlooked: Wahab Riaz and Shane Watson had been fined for an incident in the 33rd over, much after that enthralling spell

  • Wahab and Watson sanctioned by ICC

    Wahab Riaz and Shane Watson have both been sanctioned by the ICC for their part in a fiery and memorable confrontation in the quarter-final between Australia and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval

  • Did Pakistan fail?

    Given the circumstances, they did the opposite in the World Cup, bringing fervour back to their fan base

Early Blows


Wickets lost by Pakistan in the first 10 overs during this World Cup. West Indies are the only Test nation to lose more (13).

Tied for now


Pakistan's win-loss record against Australia in World Cups. Pakistan is 1 of 2 teams who have not lost more than they've won.