Adelaide - Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood grabbed four wickets as Australia reduced
Pakistan to 213 all out in their Cricket World Cup quarter-final at the Adelaide
Oval on Friday.
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Pakistan's batting imploded after Misbah-ul Haq
elected to take first strike, with Haris Sohail's 41 being the top score
on what turned out to be an even-paced pitch ideal for big totals.
last-wicket pair of Ehsan Adil and Rahat Ali kept the bowlers at bay
for almost six overs, adding 18 runs to lift Pakistan beyond the 200-run
Australia will chase a modest target of just above four
runs an over under lights to qualify for a semi-final clash against
defending champions India at the Sydney Cricket Ground next Thursday.
who replaced Pat Cummins after being dropped for the last pool match
against Scotland in Hobart, finished with four for 35. Mitchell Starc
and Glenn Maxwell claimed two wickets each.
Australia took the
field wearing black arm bands in memory of former Prime Minister Malcolm
Fraser who died earlier on Friday aged 84.
Pakistan lost both
openers by the sixth over as Sarfraz Ahmed fell to a smart catch at
first slip by Shane Watson off Starc and Ahmed Shehzad edged Hazlewood
to second slip.
Misbah had a lucky escape off the second ball he
faced when a Hazlewood delivery brushed his pad and clipped the leg
stump, only for the bail to stay in its groove.
It was the second
such incident in this World Cup with Ireland's Ed Joyce being the first
beneficiary in the game against the United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on
Misbah, Pakistan's batting saviour in the tournament
with four half-centuries in six pool matches, took advantage of his
good fortune to add 73 for the third wicket with Haris.
pulled off-spinner Maxwell over mid-wicket for two sixes but, having
made 34, fell to a catch in the deep while attempting a similar shot in
the same bowler's second spell.
It was a disappointing end to a
promising innings by the 40-year-old who, like team-mate Shahid Afridi,
will have played his last one-day international if Pakistan lose.
Haris's disciplined innings ended when Mitchell Johnson forced an edge
on the drive outside off-stump after the batsman had ducked under a
bouncer off the previous delivery.
Umar Akmal (20) fell into the
same trap set for Misbah as he pulled a short ball from Maxwell straight
to Aaron Finch on the mid-wicket fence, reducing Pakistan to 124 for
five in the 30th over.
Afridi began with two boundaries off
Maxwell and then cut Johnson to point for a six, but his entertaining 23
off 15 balls ended when he pulled Hazlewood high to Finch at
Afridi's dismissal off the last ball of the 34th over
meant Pakistan had lost their most destructive batsman just six
deliveries before the batting powerplay was to be taken in the 36th
Pakistan retained the same team that beat Ireland, once again ignoring leg-spinner Yasir Shah and veteran batsman Younis Khan.