Aus­tralia knock Pak­istan out of World T20

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

MO­HALI: Aus­tralia beat Pak­istan by 21 runs in their World Twenty20 Su­per 10 stage match in Mo­hali on Fri­day to stay on course for the semi-fi­nals and elim­i­nate Shahid Afridi's side from the tour­na­ment. Aus­tralia skip­per Steven Smith struck an un­beaten 63 off 43 to steer Aus­tralia to 193-4, be­fore James Faulkner took five wick­ets, in­clud­ing two off con­sec­u­tive de­liv­er­ies in the fi­nal over, to help his team seal the win.

Man-of-the-match Faulkner gave away just 27 runs and was helped by an­other im­pres­sive per­for­mance by young legspin­ner Adam Zampa, who took two for 32. Aus­tralia, bat­ting first on a green-tinged pitch, lost three wick­ets in quick suc­ces­sion, with fit-again pace­man Wa­hab Riaz do­ing the ini­tial dam­age by bowl­ing in-form Us­man Khawaja for 21 and castling David Warner on nine. Aaron Finch went next, bowled by lef­t­arm spin­ner Imad Wasim for 15 to leave Aus­tralia strug­gling on 57-3. Smith, how­ever, stead­ied the ship aided first by Glenn Maxwell (30 off 24 de­liv­er­ies) and then by the big-hit­ting Shane Wat­son.

Wat­son struck four fours and three sixes to race to an un­beaten 44 off 21 de­liv­er­ies as Aus­tralia took 66 runs off the last five overs. Pak­istan got off to a poor start, los­ing Ahmed She­hzad for one, and Faulkner picked up the key wicket of opener Shar­jeel Khan who smashed six bound­aries en route to a quick-fire 30. Zampa got into the act by get­ting Pak­istani skip­per Afridi stumped for 14 and bowled Umar Ak­mal, who was look­ing dan­ger­ous af­ter rack­ing up 32 in 20 balls. But Faulkner took the plau­dits with a match-win­ning per­for­mance, bowl­ing the set­tled Khalid Latif (46 off 64 balls) be­fore strik­ing again next ball to get Wasim.

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