Steve Smith, James Faulkner star as Australia live to fight another day

first_imgPakistan were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 after their 21-run defeat to Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium.Here’s what the two captains had to say at the post-match presentation ceremony. Shahid Afridi says Pakistan are not good enough at the moment to compete with top sides. Honestly speaking, we are not good enough. Bowlers gave too many runs in last 4-5 overs. I’ll go back home and then make a decision [about retirement]. I’ll do what’s best for the team. I want to thank the management, the players who have supported me. I want to thank the people of Kolkata who gave us a lot of support. Also want to thank the people of Kashmir who came down for supporting us. And thank you to the BCCI for their hospitality as well: Shahid Afridi Winning skipper Steve Smith is aware of the big game on Sunday. Usman has been batting beautifully and Finch came in and looked good as well. We need to win the remaining three games if we want to win the World Cup. The game against India is in two days time. Probably, we’ll see some footage and stuff. But tomorrow, we’ll just rest: Smith Pakistan innings:The game between Australia and India on Sunday is the virtual quarter-final now. Australia and India are tied at four points each. Australia have a better net run-rate than India though.  Nothing went Pakistan’s way today. Usman Khawaja hurt them early in the match. Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell shared a 74-run partnership to make sure Australia total was too good in the end for Pakistan’s batting unit. Sharjeel, Latif and Akmal showed signs of regression for Pakistan but they weren’t able to ride on individual efforts. Another bad day for Pakistan and their skipper Afridi in the tournament. Let’s wait for what he has to say at the presentation ceremony today. advertisement18.20 IST: Two runs off the last ball. Pakistan’s campaign at this year’s ICC World Twenty20 comes to an end. Faulkner five-for makes sure Australia live to fight another day. Pakistan fell short of the target by 21 runs. PAK 172/8 25 from 2.. 18.16 IST: OUT! Another one, two in two for Faulkner. He now has taken five wickets in this innings. Brilliant effort from the all-rounder. He has ended Pakistan’s hopes here. Wahab Riaz was his latest victim. PAK 164/8 18.14 IST: OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed didn’t trouble the scorers much. A wicket off the first ball. Pakistan now need five sixes from now on. You never know what would happen after what we saw on Wednesday. PAK 164/7 18.13 IST: 14 from the 19th over. Malik gives Pakistan a slim chance after hitting two boundaries off the last two balls. Pakistan now need 30 from 6 balls. PAK 164/6 in 19 overs. 18.09 IST: No hat-trick there for Pakistan. Nevertheless, a brilliant 18th over from the Australian all-rounder, only five runs came off it. Malik is Pakistan’s only hope now. Sarfraz Khan has joined him. Pakistan need 44 from 12. Looks impossible. PAK 150/6 in 18 overs.18.08 IST: OUT! Two in two for Faulkner. He is on-a-hat-trick. Pakistan lose Imad Wasim for 0. It’s all going down for Pakistan. PAK 147/6 in 17.4 overs. 18.06 IST: OUT! Faulkner gets Latif for 46 off 41. Not a good time to lose a wicket, to lose an in-form batsman. Pakistan still need 47 runs from 15 balls. PAK 147/5 in 17.3 overs. 18.02 IST: Latif and Malik have stitched a 35-run partnership so far. However, they are not able to keep up to the asking rate. PAK 145/4 in 17 overs. They still need 49 runs from 18 balls.  17.58 IST: Malik and Latif are crucial to Pakistan’s chances here. Malik hit Zampa for a big six in the last over and is already on 13 off 7 balls. PAK 135/4 in 16 overs chasing 194.  17.54 IST: Pakistan are 125/4 in 15 overs. They need 69 from 30 which is looking a bit tall for their batting. However, Latif is in good form and Malik can come in handy in these situations.  Pakistan’s required run-rate is steadily climbing up. They are losing batsmen at regular intervals. They now need 80 runs at 13.33 an over.  Zampa has already two wickets. Shoaib Malik joins Latif now17.48 IST: OUT! Afridi dissapoints once again. After hitting leg-spinner Zampa for a six, he falls in the next ball. The skipper was able to manage only 14. PAK 110/4 in 13.2 overs. 17.41 IST: Four dot balls,  a single and a six. Glenn Maxwell completes a decent 12th over. Afridi hits the first six of his innings, smashes Maxwell to the long on boundary. PAK  94/3 in 12 overs.17.37 IST: Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is the new man in. Will this be last game? Here’s what he had to say about his retirement earlier today   advertisement17.35 IST: OUT! Big wicket for Australia. The leg-spinner Zampa removes Umar Akmal for 32. The young man showed promise but plays a slog sweep only to see the ball crashing into the middle stump. Australia are celebrating big here. They know the importance of the wicket. PAK 85/3 in 10.3 overs. 17.33 IST: Umar Akmal and Khalid Latif have stitched a 43-run partnership from just 28 balls. This is good batting from these two right-handers. They are keeping Pakistan in the hunt. On this Mohali wicket, you need to give some time and then start playing your strokes and these two have exactly done that. PAK 83/2 in 10.1 overs 17.25 IST:  Adam Zampa bowls a decent first over, concedes just four runs and has put brakes to Pakistan’s scoring rate. Pakistan’s chances depend on how their batsmen handle the tricky leg-spinner. PAK 62/2 in 8 overs17.23 IST: Akmal doesn’t wait to hit the big shots. He has taken Watson to the cleaners with a six and two boundaries in the seventh over. Watson looked 17 off it. PAK 58/2 in 7 overs. 17.18 IST: Umar Akmal joins Latif in the middle  17.14 IST: Sharjeel Khan (30 off 19) fails to convert another start. He drags one off Faulkner and walks back the hut. Pakistan slip to 40/2 in 5.3 overs. That was a big, big wicket for Australia.  17.11 IST: Pakistan have lost Ahmed Shehzad inside the first five overs. Sharjeel Khan is keeping this chase interesting with 30 off 17 balls. He has hit five boundaries already. Sharjeel gave Pakistan a good start against New Zealand also. He is one Pakistan batsman to keep an eye on. PAK 36/1 in 5 overs. Australia innings: 16.31 IST: Wahab Riaz says the pitch will remain the same in the second innings and that their team has the firepower to gun down 193. It’s going to be a tough task for Pakistan though. Australian attack looks settled and leg-spinner Adam Zampa is a big threat to Pakistan’s chances today.  Pakistan need 194 to win. They need to score more than nine runs an over to be on the winning side today. 16.30 IST: Australia have ended with a massive 193/4 on board in 20 overs. Watson hit two more boundaries of Amir’s last over to hurt Pakistan more. He finishes with 44 from 21 balls while Smith was ice-cool and scored 61 from just 43 balls. These two stitched a crucial 74-run stand from 38 balls. Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz picked up two wickets each for Australia. The bowling card doesn’t look impressive otherwise.    16.24 IST: Watson and Smith have scored at a rapid pace to push Australia towards a massive total here. These two have contributed 60 runs off just 32 balls. Serious power-hitting here. AUS 179 /4 in 19 overs. How much can they get from the next six balls? Amir to bowl the final over.   16.16 IST: Fifty for Steve Smith, his second in T20 international cricket. He has taken Australia to a position of strength from 57/3. A captain’s knock this. AUS 154/4 in 17.2 overs 16.15 IST: Watson smashes Amir for a six and a four off successive deliveries. The pacer was thrashed for 17 runs in the last over. AUS 152/4 in 17 overs.advertisement16.10 IST: Eight runs off Wahab’s over. Smith (42) is nearing a half-century. Shane Watson has joined the skipper. AUS 135/4 in 16 overs. They will be hoping to get close to 180 from here. Pakistan have a steep chase if Australia manage to get there. 16.04 IST: Three runs off Afridi’s final over. He wasn’t able to pick up a wicket but didn’t concede much either. AUS 127/4 in 15 overs 16.00 IST: OUT! Imad Wasim strikes, ends the dangerous Maxwell’s show in Mohali. A 62-run stand comes to an end. AUS 119/4 in 13.4 overs15.57 IST: This is turning out to be Glenn Maxwell show in Mohali. He has already hit 30 runs off 17 balls and is looking good for more. Sami leaked 17 runs in his last over.  AUS 112/315.48 IST: Afridi was taken to the cleaners by Smith and Maxwell. This is developing to be a good partnership (34* off 24 balls) for Australia.  AUS 90/315.45: IST: Australia 77/3 off 10 overs: Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell are putting up a slow but steady stand. Smith has to hang in there for Australia. 15.38 IST: Australia 64/3 off 8 overs; this has been an exciting start to the game. The Aussies still have plenty of firepower. Smith and Maxwell can take it away from Pakistan in a matter of a few overs. There’s Shane Watson to come too.  15.36 IST: WICKET! Imad Wasim has removed Finch (15) and Australia are in a spot of bother at 57/3 off 7.2 overs. Glenn Maxwell joins Smith in the middle 15.32 IST: Afridi in the attack with Australia 52/2 off six overs. Finch and skipper Steve Smith in the middle for Australia  15.26 IST: WICKET! Wahab, you beauty! He is working up serious pace here. He has now seen off the dangerous Warner as Australia slip to 42/2 in 5.1 overs 15.20 IST: FOUR! Warner off the mark with a boundary off Wahab; Australia 32/1 off four overs 15.18 IST: WICKET! Wahab has the last laugh, removes Khwaja with a peach of a delivery. Australia are 28/1 off 3.4 overs as David Warner joins Finch in the middle 15.16 IST: SIX! Wow, that was a top shot by Khwaja. Wahab Riaz, coming back into the team, has been greeted in the most unpleasant style here. 15.15 IST: Australia race away to 21/0 off three overs. Pakistan would be feeling the heat. 15.11 IST: Amir will continue. He has looked sharp and fast yet again. Handling him will be a challenge for Australia. 15.10 IST: Expensive over from Sami after a good start by Amir at the other end. Usman Khwaja hammered two boundaries off the second over as Australia raced away to 16/0. 15:04 IST: Australia are 5/0 after the first over from Mohammad Amir. Remember, this is a must-win game for Pakistan. 14:34 IST: Australia won the toss and elected to bat vs Pakistan. Aaron Finch is back for the Aussies! They have also added Josh Hazlewood in the playing XI. Pakistan have recalled the aggressive Wahab Riaz.Here are the playing XIs:Australia: UT Khawaja, AJ Finch, DA Warner, SPD Smith (Captain), SR Watson, GJ Maxwell, JP Faulkner, PM Nevill (WK), A Zampa, NM Coulter-Nile, JR HazlewoodPakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Rashid Latif, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK), Shahid Afridi (Captain), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad SamiHello and welcome to the LIVE updates of the Australia vs Pakistan match being played in Mohali.Pitch report: Wasim Akram reckons the strip to be a batting one with bit of grass that will bind the wicket well. Moreover, the pitch likely to remain the same for the entire match.Preview: Their path to the semifinals looking relatively easier in comparison, Australia will fancy their chances when they lock horns with a struggling Pakistan side whose hopes hangs by a thread.Pakistan have struggled so far in the tournament but Australia are in no mood to take them lightly in a must-win match for both teams. With two losses from three games, Pakistan’s chances of progressing in the tournament are slim. Even their coach Waqar Younis thinks the team doesn’t deserve to qualify for the semifinals with the way it has played.Australia, on the other hand, have their own issues to sort out after the loss to New Zealand and a not so convincing win against Bangladesh. A win for Australia will certainly end Pakistan’s sorry campaign in the tournament and make their final league match against hosts India a virtual quarterfinal with New Zealand already qualifying from the group.last_img read more