fullish length outside off, driven into a gap, the field is up, Watson raises his arms in celebration... Australia have won by six wickets and will take their place in the last four. It was only briefly in doubt when Wahab Riaz was putting a hex on Watson but two dropped catches off his bowling snuffed out Pakistan's faint hopes
9.30pm: Rahat Ali will dream about that catch tonight; Shane Watson will probably dream about Wahab Riaz, snarling and barking. Plenty of us will lie back and think of Wahab after one of the great World Cup spells, as Brydon Coverdale puts it in his report, but that will be the last we see of this Pakistan side. Many will miss Misbah, plenty will miss Afridi, there might even be a few who are sad to see the back of both... Anyway, this was another Australia day, so we'll let them enjoy the moment. They'll play India in Sydney next Thursday and we'll be all over like Wahab on Watto. Until then, from Sid and myself, it's tatty-bye.
9.20pm: Presentations time at Adelaide Oval... Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq: "Obviously disappointing, credit to Australia, they really deserved it, they bowled really well. [batting underperformed] I think so, at one stage 270-80 was on but we kept losing wickets and some of the batting shot selection really cost us. [Wahab] He bowled his heart out, he's been a totally different bowler throughout this tournament, I've never seen spells like that. [Pleased overall] With the bowling and the way the team came back and won four games in a row."
Australia captain Michael Clarke: "Extremely happy, a really close game in the end. The bowlers did a fantastic job, our fielding was excellent, but Wahab came out and really put us under pressure, one of the fastest spells I've seen in a long time. Watson toughed it out, Steven Smith looked fantastic. If they catch Watto at fine leg it could have been a lot tighter, credit to sticking in there. Wahab pushed us really hard. We look forward to another really tough contest [against India], we'll have to bat a lot better. No different to another game playing for Australia. Spoken about not putting the World Cup on a pedestal, so preparation as always, every time you want to do your best, play another great game for Australia."
9.10pm: Advance Australia, though fair play to Pakistan's bowlers, who at least kept it interesting. There'll be no repeat of the 2011 semi-final, with India waiting for the winner here. As with Mahela and Sanga the other day, Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq go out on a quiet note. The Pakistan batting will have to undergo a refit and they suffered again from not having put enough runs on the board - which in part was down to the opposition's excellence, including Man of the Match, Josh Hazlewood: "Great day, I've been bowling well all week so good to put in a performance. Happy to get a game today and happy with the result. Keeping them to 213 was perfect for us and the boys did a good job with the bat. We're firing on all aspects, it's been a good tournament and we're going well."
pitched up in the channel, driven into the ground, over the bowler's head, Watson sends Maxwell back as mid-off fields
slower ball on leg stump, spots it and deflects on behind square
outrageous. But since it's Maxwell, maybe just run of the mill... Full outside off, Maxwell crouches and scoop-slaps the ball into the stands at deep backward point
"I'm quite sure if there were infinite universes, PK would still be losing this one in everyone of those," honks Henrik Back
full and homing on middle and leg stump, glanced fine for a couple
Sohail Khan returns, Australia need 11 more from 102 balls
rapid bumper to finish, Watson ducks the challenge and then gets mouthful of filth from Wahab, who came all the way down to
congratulate Australia on their semi-final place pass on his thoughts. Watson chuckles like a baby with a rattle
dug in short, outside off stump, Watson gets on top of it and defends to the off side
veers leg side, back of a length and tickled fine, wide of the keeper and that will run away. Coming in a flood now, Pakistan's World Cup ebbing away
good length on off stump and Watson defends this, almost theatrically, back to the bowler
there is it, the symbol of victory, Watson takes on the Wahab bouncer and this time nails it into the crowd, over the head of deep square leg. No coming back from here
shortish, stays back and blocks to the leg side
short ball, Maxwell takes the bait, there's a man out there... but he'd need to be in the crowd. Effortless swivel-pulled six to finish the over and kick Pakistan in the bojangles once more
dismissive from Maxwell, little bit of width and he crunches the ball on the up, sails in front of extra cover and away for four
fullish and straight, dances across and pings the ball to mid-on
pitched up and defended on the front foot, into the ground and Adil leaps to get a hand on it
slightly full outside off, Maxwell's arms were born free but he carves the ball to cover
slower ball from Adil, dips on Watson but he's waiting, slaps it to midwicket and jogs through to complete his half-century
Here's Raja: "If someone looks @ the scorecard after a few years he might think that Watson has played a brilliant innings. Credit to him for hanging in there. Should do his confidence a world of good." Maybe not brilliant but certainly important. Needed a life but showed guts
goes full and outside the line of off, Maxwell stays still and drills a couple more out to deep extra cover
back of a length again, very leg side... Wahab tiring, I think
bouncer from Wahab, Maxwell tries to chop down the beanstalk, fails to connect