Australia scripted a 21 run comfortable victory against Pakistan and with this victory, they removed India from the second spot and also made sure that Pakistan are out of the tournament. Afridi’s men won only one match against Bangladesh. Australia’s victory means the Sunday encounter in Mohali between host India and Australia will decide who will qualify for the semifinal.
However, Australia produced a rollicking performance both with the bat and ball to Pakistan and keep their hope alive for the semifinal berth.
Here are the ratings of Australian performers
Usman Khawaja: The opener struggled against Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. Khawaja scored 21 off 16 balls before he tried to play a big shot of full-length ball which he missed and delivery castled him.
Aaron Finch: The opener who replaced Mitchell Marsh could not help much to Australia’s daunting total. The right-handed batsman scored 15 off 16 balls.
David Warner: He came to bat at No. 3 but followed the step of two openers as he scored only nine runs of six balls and his innings cut short by Wahab Riaz.
Steve Smith: The captain has played one his best T20 innings. He scored the second T20 fifty. Smith’s played some of the outstanding shots and scorched Wahab Riaz’s off side wide ball to four which is indeed a unique shot. He was finally unbeaten with 61 off 41 balls.
Glenn Maxwell: The hard hitter came to bat when Australia lost a couple of wickets and need some big shots to accelerate the score. He did what he loves to do. He contributed 30 runs from 18 balls and gave Australia a much-needed boost. He bowled two overs and conceded 13 runs.
Shane Watson: The maverick all-rounder who will bid the international cricket adieu after this World T20 played an unbeaten 44 off 21 balls with the four boundaries and three big sixes. He also bowled two overs but proved toothless as he conceded 27 runs.
Peter Nevill: N/A
Adam Zampa: The leg-spinner took two wickets and conceded 32 runs in four overs. He took the wicket of Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi.
James Faulkner: The bowling all-rounder broke the backbone of Pakistan by picking five wickets. He conceded 27 runs.
Josh Hazlewood: The bowling spearhead of Australia took one wicket and conceded 26 runs.
Coulter-Nile: The seamer has gone wicketless as he was targeted by Pakistan batsmen. Nile conceded 45 runs in four overs.