Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 7 Runs | AUS: 117/7 (33 runs required, RR: 5.85)

  • Mitchell Starc1 (3b)
  • Michael Hussey54 (47b)
  • Umar Gul2-0-11-0
  • Saeed Ajmal4-0-17-3

Presentation:

Bailey: "Pakistan outplayed us. The ball turned more, they used spin against us well. You want your top order to do the majority of the scoring. The challenge will be to get that form back in the semis."

Hafeez: "I'm grateful to see the effort put in by the boys. We got the total we wanted, Raza Hasan was brilliant."

Raza Hasan is the Man of the Match: "I'm really happy at the moment as it's my first big tournament. Everybody gives me confidence. Ee knew we had to try hard."

Pakistan will now be glued to the TV for the second match. India will need to win comprehensively to keep their hopes alive. Not over yet.

The commentary for the second game has started. Thanks for your company here. We will end with this cracker from Sundar: "The problem is, even if India do manage to get to the SF, they will end up playing SL. All those who want an Ind-SL SF, please raise your hands."

End of match: Australia are through to the semi-finals despite a big defeat. A big thumbs-up to Pakistan for the way they took them on in the field. They should be proud of this bowling effort after the disappointment against India. Pakistan played to their strengths - spin - and didn't bring on pace till the 18th over. By then, Australia's chase was already derailed, but 112 was within reach. That their middle order was tested shake off any complacency that may have set in. We saw that happening to WI when Gayle fell early.

South Africa will now play for pride. What's at stake for India? S Rajesh tweets: "If India score 160, they need to win by 32 runs; if they score 140, the margin needs to be at least 31."

19.6
0
Umar Gul to Starc, no run, another swing and a miss, full and a touch wide and Starc swishes at thin air
19.5
0
Umar Gul to Starc, no run, big swing and a miss, pitched up and Starc wanted to deposit that to the Twin Towers (pardon me if I got my direction wrong)
19.4
1
Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads and tucked away down to square leg
19.3
1
Umar Gul to Starc, 1 run, Starc miscues the pull off a short ball and Gul runs forward to take the top edge but it lands safe of any fielder
19.2
1
Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, low full toss and he pushes it down to long-on and it's only a single

This also means that South Africa are knocked out

19.1
4
Umar Gul to Hussey, FOUR runs, and Australia are through to the semi-finals! They have huffed and puffed to get here, Gul bowls it short and Hussey makes a bit of room and slashes it wide of backward point, he punches the air

END OF OVER:
19 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | AUS: 110/7 (40 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.78, RRR: 40.00)

  • Michael Hussey48 (44b)
  • Saeed Ajmal4-0-17-3
  • Umar Gul1-0-4-0
18.6
W
Saeed Ajmal to Cummins, OUT, oh well the procession continues! The top spinner, Cummins was beaten for pace and lack of turn and was all over the place, the ball hits his pads as he tries to loft with the angle

PJ Cummins lbw b Saeed Ajmal 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia need 2 to qualify for the semis. If they do, then South Africa are knocked out

18.5
W
Saeed Ajmal to Wade, OUT, timber! Flatter delivery and Wade bravely tries to paddle it from the middle stump, the ball skidded through and knocked back the middle stump

MS Wade b Saeed Ajmal 13 (24m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 92.85

18.4
1
Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 run, comes well forward and he drives him to sweeper cover
18.3
1
Saeed Ajmal to Wade, 1 run, shorter in length and he thumps it to deep backward point
18.2
1
Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 run, floated on the pads and he pushes it down to long-on
18.2
1w
Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 wide, down the leg side and he tries to paddle it away and Akmal collects it and appeals confidently
18.1
1
Saeed Ajmal to Wade, 1 run, gently paddled down to short fine leg, Australia playing like their target is 112

END OF OVER:
18 | 4 Runs | AUS: 105/5 (45 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.83, RRR: 22.50)

  • Michael Hussey46 (42b)
  • Matthew Wade11 (11b)
  • Umar Gul1-0-4-0
  • Shahid Afridi4-0-33-0

Since many of you are asking, Australia needed 34 off the last two overs in that match at St Lucia in 2010

17.6
0
Umar Gul to Hussey, no run, awesome bowling by Gul, another yorker lands on the spot, Hussey nearly trips and falls at the crease as he squirts it out back to the bowler
17.5
1
Umar Gul to Wade, 1 run, bowls another low full toss and all Wade can do is drill it down the ground to long-off, Gul keeping him quiet
17.4
0
Umar Gul to Wade, no run, turning out to be a fine over from Gul, straight yorker outside off and Wade failed to get his bat down to squirt it out
17.3
1
Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, low full toss and he drills it down the ground to long-off
17.2
2
Umar Gul to Hussey, 2 runs, fullish in length outside off and driven wide of point, the sweeper mops up
17.1
0
Umar Gul to Hussey, no run, first ball of seam, good start by Gul fired in full outside off and Hussey fails to dig it out

Spoke too soon., here's Gul

END OF OVER:
17 | 11 Runs | AUS: 101/5 (49 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.94, RRR: 16.33)

  • Michael Hussey43 (38b)
  • Matthew Wade10 (9b)
  • Shahid Afridi4-0-33-0
  • Saeed Ajmal3-0-12-1

Suri: "Is Umar Gul playing as a specialist Batsman in this match??" With the spinners creating havoc, Gul may not be needed

16.6
1
Shahid Afridi to Hussey, 1 run, short and wide and he chops it down to sweeper cover
16.5
4
Shahid Afridi to Hussey, FOUR runs, loose delivery from Afridi! Gifted him one down the leg side, it was fired in quick and a gentle tickle sends it to fine leg
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Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st15SR WatsonDA Warner
2nd4MEK HusseyDA Warner
3rd25MEK HusseyGJ Bailey
4th14MEK HusseyCL White
5th7MEK HusseyGJ Maxwell
6th45MEK HusseyMS Wade
7th0MEK HusseyPJ Cummins
8th7MEK HusseyMA Starc

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Group 1
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SL33060.998
WI3214-0.375
ENG3122-0.397
NZ3030-0.169
Group 2
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AUS32140.464
PAK32140.273
INDIA3214-0.274
SA3030-0.421
Group A
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INDIA22042.825
ENG21120.65
AFG2020-3.475
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS22042.184
WI2011-1.855
IRE2011-2.092
Group C
TeamMWLPTNRR
SA22043.598
SL21121.852
ZIM2020-3.624
Group D
TeamMWLPTNRR
PAK22040.706
NZ21121.15
BDESH2020-1.868