11th Match, Group A, Centurion, Sep 30 2009, ICC Champions Trophy
(50 ov)206/8
Australia won by 2 wickets
Player Of The Match
64 (87)
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• The Bulletin by Alex Brown

Australia reach semis after thriller

Pakistan's bowlers were magnificent in their defence of a modest total, but could not deny Australia a thrilling last-ball victory that ensured their progression to a fourth consecutive Champions Trophy semi-final

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan205/6(50 overs)
Australia206/8(50 overs)
end of over 504 runs
AUS: 206/8CRR: 4.12 
Nathan Hauritz9 (18)
Brett Lee12 (15)
Umar Gul 9-1-38-1
Naved-ul-Hasan 9-2-39-1

Phew! I need to gather my breath as I type this out. It looked completely one-sided at one stage with Ponting and Hussey going strong, but they collapsed from 140 for 2 to 187 for 8. When Johnson was gone, Pakistan were favourites to seal this but Lee and Hauritz saw off some nervy moments at the end to see their team through to the next stage, and to victory. Splendid effort from Pakistan, too, who fought superbly to make a match out of this. Asif was superb in his second spell, and Naved lethal, bowling it in the blockhole with consistency; the ball to get rid of Hussey was a peach. Pakistan were already through to the semis, but raised their game when it mattered and almost pulled it off. Join us in a bit for the presentation. Australia now take on old foes England in Centurion in the semi-final, and Pakistan take on New Zealand in Johannesburg.

Younis: "They had a fantastic time with the ball, and got partnerships going when they batted, But suddenly, we came back hard and it was a great finish. The pitch was a little soft in the morning, not a bad pitch for cricket. Irrespective of who you play in the semis, you just have to stick to your plans."

Ponting: "I had chewed all my fingernails off. It was tough to score quickly out there, the bounce was inconsistent and it spun at the end so we were a little lucky to restrict them to that total. We've finished top of the table, and we have a good understanding of how the conditions are here and we look forward to taking on England."

Hussey: "The Pakistanis bowled well, and thankfully Brett Lee and Hauritz showed some steel in the end and got us over the line. It's a good achievement for our team and we're looking to go at least another step further."

That ends a nerve-wracking game. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Join us for the first semi-final on Friday. Goodbye

Umar Gul to Hauritz, 1 bye

they've sneaked a bye and won! Full and wide, he makes room, misses but Lee's charged in from the other end and made in time, Akmal misses the under-arm throw

1 to win off the last ball. Everyone comes in to save it

Umar Gul to Lee, 1 run

driven hard down to mid-on for a single and they've qualified! Full on middle and he drove it hard, relief in the Australian camp, India have been knocked out

Misbah's injured himself slightly, but he's up. 2 needed off 2 to win. 1 run needed to qualify

Umar Gul to Hauritz, 1 run

well fielded by Misbah who dives full length to his right but he can't prevent the single, bowled full on middle, drives it to midwicket, just a single

Just three balls to go now

Umar Gul to Hauritz, no run

slower one bowled on a good length on the off, pushed back to the bowler

3 to win, 2 to qualify

Umar Gul to Lee, 1 run

inswinging yorker, manages to dig it out, gets an inside edge onto his pads and squeezes a single wide of the keeper

4 off 5

Umar Gul to Lee, no run

full on middle, driven straight to midwicket

What a thriller, Australia need 3 to qualify as that will being the scores level. Four to win. Gul will bowl the last over. A long-on in place, a packed field on the off side. He charges in

end of over 496 runs
AUS: 202/8CRR: 4.12 RRR: 4.00
Brett Lee10 (12)
Nathan Hauritz8 (15)
Naved-ul-Hasan 9-2-39-1
Saeed Ajmal 10-1-31-2
Naved-ul-Hasan to Lee, 1 run

the offcutter, superbly bowled, almost trapped him in front but he connected, pushed it wide of the cover fielder for a quick single to keep the strike

5 off 8

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hauritz, 1 run

back of a length on the off, pushed it wide of cover for a single, one more taken

Australia are through if this is a tie. That'll give them one point. A slip comes in.

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hauritz, no run

bowled on a good length on middle, defended off the back foot to cover

6 off 9

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hauritz, FOUR runs

superb shot, full on middle, gets his front foot across and drives it handsomely through mid-on and midwicket for a boundary, what a timely strike

10 needed off 10

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hauritz, no run

full outside off, pushed down to cover, another dot ball

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hauritz, no run

bowled full on middle, driven down to mid-on who's come up quite a bit

They've eaten into the deficit by working it around in that last over. 10 needed off 12. Naved has one over to go. Ajmal ends an excellent spell

end of over 488 runs
AUS: 196/8CRR: 4.08 RRR: 5.00
Nathan Hauritz3 (10)
Brett Lee9 (11)
Saeed Ajmal 10-1-31-2
Naved-ul-Hasan 8-2-33-1
Ajmal to Hauritz, 1 run

full on the off, pushed wide of mid-on for another quick single

Ajmal to Lee, 1 run

saw him come down the track and hurled it quick, Lee was lucky to get an inside edge down wide of short fine for a single

Ajmal to Hauritz, 1 run

bowled quick on the off stump, pushed down to mid-on for a single, another crucial run

Ajmal to Hauritz, no run

tossed up outside off, gets forward to play it across the line and is rapped on the pads, struck outside the line

13 off 16

Ajmal to Lee, 1 run

the doosra, picked it beautifully, short outside off, waited for it to move away and dabbed it behind point for a single

Ajmal to Lee, FOUR runs

aggression from Lee, crucial runs here, tossed up outside off, comes down the track and drives it through mid-off and cover for a boundary

18 needed off 18. Run-a-ball

end of over 47Maiden
AUS: 188/8CRR: 4.00 RRR: 6.00
Nathan Hauritz1 (7)
Brett Lee3 (8)
Naved-ul-Hasan 8-2-33-1
Saeed Ajmal 9-1-23-2
Naved-ul-Hasan to Hauritz, no run

bowled full outside off, moved away, drove at it, missed and is again beaten, maiden over

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hauritz, no run

beaten completely! Kept low, landed on a good length outside off, pushed at it and was almost bowled, it missed off stump by a whisker

Best performances - batters
Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey AUS
64 runs (87)
6 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
1 four
1 six
Mohammad Yousuf portrait
Mohammad Yousuf PAK
45 runs (69)
3 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
18 runs
1 four
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal PAK
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson AUS
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossAustralia, elected to field first
SeriesICC Champions Trophy
Player Of The Match
Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey
Match numberODI no. 2903
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days30 September 2009 - day (50-over match)
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Billy Bowden
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Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
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Asad Rauf
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath
PointsAustralia 2, Pakistan 0
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