Australia beat Pakistan in the third quarter-finals by 6 wickets at the Adelaide Oval and booked a date to face India in the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup. Chasing 214 to win, Australia chased down the target with over 10 overs to spare. Australia were off to a shaky start as they lost their openers in the first ten overs of the game before skipper Michael Clarke also departed leaving the hosts at 59-3. Steve Smith stayed calm and scored a timely 50 that laid the foundation for his team before getting out for 65.
In the meantime, Wahab Riaz produced one of the best spells of this World Cup as he threatened the Australian batsmen especially Shane Watson with some destructive short pitched bowling but was let down by the fielders who dropped Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell early on in their innings. Those dropped catches proved costly as Watson and Maxwell took their side home with an unbeaten 64 and 44 respectively. Josh Hazlewood was named as the Man of the Match. Wahab was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers with figures of 2-54 in his 9 overs while Sohail Khan and Ehsan Adil picked a wicket apiece.
Earlier in the day, choosing to bat first, Pakistan batsmen failed to apply themselves after getting a start as they threw away their wickets and let their team down. Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the Aussie bowlers with figures of 4-34. This is also the last ODI of Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq.
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