Australia defeated Pakistan by 21 runs in an important clash at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. It was a dominating performance by the Australian team who outplayed the Pakistan team in all departments. With this win, Australia will fight with India for a place in the semi-finals on Sunday at the same venue.
- Aggressive start by Australia
Australia won the toss and elected to bat in a must-win game. The openers Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch gave the team an aggressive start. They put pressure on the Pakistan bowlers especially Usman Khawaja who put Mohammad Sami under pressure. In the first over of the innings, 5 runs came while in the second over Khawaja smashed Mohammad Sami for 2 boundaries. In the 4th over Khawaja clobbered Wahab Riaz for a huge six. Wahab Riaz picked the wicket of Khawaja. Warner came at number 3 and smashed 2 boundaries. At the end of the first six overs Australia were 52 for 2.
- Key partnerships for Australia
At the end of the 7th over Australia were 57 for 2. Aaron Finch was dismissed for 15 runs. After Maxwell and Smith took singles for the first few over’s. Maxwell and Smith put pressure on Pakistan fielders by converting ones into two’s. In the 12th over both players took 17 runs off Mohammad Sami over. Maxwell was dismissed for 30 in the 14th over ending 62 runs stand for the fourth wicket. After that, Watson and Smith took the charge creating pressure on the Pakistan bowlers. Both of them put on 74 for the fifth wicket which helped Australia post a competitive total of 193 for 4 in 20 overs.
- A Captain’s Knock by Steve Smith
Steve Smith played a captain’s knock in today’s match. He came to the crease at the fall of the second wicket of David Warner at the score of 42 for 2. Steve Smith started on a cautious note taking singles and doubles. He put pressure on the Pakistan spinners by coming down the track. He played some excellent shots which made Pakistan bowlers think. From 12th over onwards Steve Smith took the charge. He completed his 50 off 35 balls. After completing his half century he looked more dangerous and remained not out on 61 off 42 balls.
- Khalid Latif’s slow batting
Chasing a big total of 194, Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed for 1. Like in the previous match against New Zealand, Khalid Latif was again sent at number 3. Pakistan needed big hitters to come and play a quickfire innings. Khalid Latif took the time to settle and was unable to rotate the strike. In between he hit some wonderful strokes but could not hit boundaries at regular intervals. Before being dismissed he scored 46 off 41 balls and left Pakistan in the problem.
- Zampa and Faulkner picking 7 wickets
Faulkner was the best bowler who picked 5 wickets and broke the backbone of the Pakistan batting line up. Faulkner picked the crucial wicket of Sharjeel Khan, well-settled batsmen Khalid Latif, Imad Wasim. In the last over he picked the wickets of Sarfaraz Khan and Wahab Riaz. He finished with figures of 5/27 in 4 over’s. He bowled slower balls and did not allow Pakistan batsmen to hit massive shots. While Adam Zampa continued to impress with his bowling. In the 11th over he went for 6 runs in the first two balls but he bowled a flighted ball and dismissed Umar Akmal. Again Shahid Afridi smashed him for a six but again came back to dismiss the captain. He finished with figures of 2 for 32 in 4 over’s.