Look at Warner's commitment. He sprints to his right again from long-on. He dives full length and parries the ball to the man running to his left from deep midwicket. Length ball as Malik steps out and bashes it. Pakistan are out of the tournament
6.45pm: Will he? Won't he? I shall leave you with Nagraj's cracking interview of Afridi. Will Luke is awaiting your company for the SA-WI clash. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Venkat Raghav. Thanks for your company and comments. Cheers!
6:40pm: Thanks to Wasim Akram for great support on the field and off the field, Afridi tells Star Sports. Chants of "Lala, Lala" ring around the PCA Stadium.
6:20pm: Afridi is deflated in the dug-out. He now shakes hands with Sami, Malik, and Australia. Finch exchanges a smile with Pakistan's captain. Watson, meanwhile, waves to the crowd.
Sharjeel hurtled off the blocks quickly, Latif and Malik made contrasting forties. But Zampa and Faulkner handed the knockout blow. Pakistan were never really in control of the asking rate throughout the chase of 194. There was no Afridi miracle. They ultimately fell short by 21 runs, which sets up a virtual quarter-final showdown between India and Australia.
Faulkner, Man of the Match: "I was lucky there at the end. More importantly, we are back on track. We have played well all summer back home. We showed what we can do with the bat. Looking forward to the next game against India, who are a tough opponent at home. We should be up for the challenge.
Smith: It all came together. We have not played to potential in the [first] two games. Today was quite a clinical performance. Yeah, I thought Warner was hitting well. He needed to face more balls. Finchy looked good for a start. Zampa has bowled beautifully. He reads the batsmen well, and is really smart, which is great for Australia. Tomorrow will be about resting, we will be back in two days.
Akbar: "So is he or is he not?"
Afridi: First of all, I want to congratulate Australia. Honestly, we were not good enough. The last four overs, we gave 40 runs. When I go back home, in the first 4-5 days I will make the decision[on the retirement]. I will announce it in my country. Whatever is better for the country, I will go with that. I will see my form. There is pressure, media pressure. As a player, I am fit. As a captain, I am not fit. I have enjoyed my captaincy. The team management, selection committee, and Shahryar Khan have helped me out. I want to thank people from Calcutta. I thank people who came and supported us from Pakistan and Kashmir. Thanks to the BCCI.
Rohit: "4 wickets in last 6 balls for FAULKNER..."
Rao: "MOM - without doubt is Faulkner"
Rohit: "It was heartbreaking to see Afridi so disconsolate. He looked crushed. "
Venkatesh: "Looking at the 'Photos' in the side bar - "Shahid Afridi plays one into the off side,..." - this must be one of the rare photos, normally you see the ball sailing in the air when Afridi hits them out"
short on the hips, deflected to the leg side
Harsh: "Let the MOM poll begin. I suggest Faulkner."
length and outside off, Sami clouts it over cow corner. Warner hurtles to his right from long-on, slides, but the ball eludes his reach
picked away off the hips behind square on the leg side
Make that a five-for, the first in this tournament! Afridi can't watch this in the dug out. He has his head down with his eyes closed. Wahab swings and sends a top edge to short third man
Faulkner gets his fourth! Sarfraz attempts a reverse sweep against a back of the hand slower ball. He can only spoon a catch to backward point (or square leg if you'd like?
off-stump full toss, which is sliced away to the deep point boundary
full length on middle, misses the yorker. Lifted straight down the ground for six
too full and outside off, Malik lofts it in the air... Smith sprints from long-off, plunges forward, but the ball drops just in front of him
full toss following the batsman, who was backing away. Hacked to cover
Sarfraz finally gets to bat
short and outside off, flat batted to long-off
Malik uses his feet, Faulkner slips in another of those slower balls. This is wide outside off. The batsman reaches out and cuts to sweeper cover
short and on the hips, pulled away to deep square leg for two
The back-of-the-hand slower ball does the damage again. Back of a length and turning away outside off, Imad Wasim throws his bat at it and skews it in the air. NCN runs across from cover and pouches it
No Sarfraz, yet. Here is Wasim
third time's the charm. Back of the hand slower ball on middle, Latif swings early to the leg side and does not connect. Faulkner hits the timber and lets out a roar
another slower one from the back of the hand, sliced to short third man from a fourth-stump line
back of the hand slower ball on the hips, pulled to Finch who is manning the square leg boundary
Round the stumps...
yorker on middle and off, clipped out to deep midwicket
pretty full on off, slogged to long-on