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ICC World T20 2016: Australia beat Pakistan by 21 runs

Updated: 26 March 2016 13:18 IST - Published: 25 March 2016 13:44 IST
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This game is done, but jump over to Nagpur for another big game between West Indies and South Africa.
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Steven Smith: "Today was a clinical performance and I'm proud of the boys. Davey has hit the ball well and he needed to bat higher up. 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."
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Shahid Afridi: "We are not good enough to take on a top quality side. Bowlers gave too many runs in last 4-5 overs. I'll go back home and then make a decision. I'll do what's best for the team and my country. 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."
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So Indian cricket fans will not only be praying for Dhoni & Co. to come good on Sunday, but also for the rains to stay away from Mohali!
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Faulkner: "More importantly, we won and got back on track. I'm just happy we won again and played some decent cricket as a group. India are a strong team in these conditions, and we'll start afresh in a couple of days time."
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So this result means Pakistan are out of the tournament, with the match between India and Australia turning into a virtual quarterfinal. Whoever wins that match is through to the semis, but if by some chance it is a washout, Australia will go through by virtue of having a better net run rate than India.
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James Faulkner is the player of the match.
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Australia's bowling remains a bit of a worry, with Coulter-Nile leaking too many runs and Watson not being at his best either. But in practically every other department, they've come away an improved side - their batting clicked big time, the fielders were awe-inspiring, and Faulkner's slower ones were impossible to get away.
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Shahid Afridi walks out to greet his players, and he doesn't look happy. This could well be the last international match he's ever playing, and he would have liked to go out on a more positive note. But his teammates were rather off-colour today; they didn't bowl well, didn't bat well and fielded quite ordinarily. You can't expect to beat a team like Australia with a performance like that.
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So Pakistan's chase comes to a morose end, but the Australian players have every reason to be overjoyed. It was a very composed and well-rounded performance from Steven Smith's men, with nearly every member of the team contributing in some way or the other.
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19.6 Faulkner to Malik, 2 runs, played to wide of long on and that's it. Pakistan have been ousted.
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19.5 Faulkner to Sami, 1 leg bye, bounce this time and hits the pad that trickles on the off side.
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19.4 Faulkner to Sami, 4 runs, that was launched high and wide of Warner who almost gets it.
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And for the 2nd time, Malik negotiates the hat-trick ball by pushing it to the leg-side. You have to wonder whether Malik was looking to avoid the hat-trick or get a boundary.
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19.3 Faulkner to Malik, 1 run, to short fine leg. Hattrick averted.
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For the 2nd time this match, Faulkner is on a hat-trick! Can he do it?
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19.2 Faulkner to Wahab, OUT, caught by Hazlewood at short third man. Another slower ball and takes the edge.
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Faulkner has a five-for! Fantastic bowling from the big all-rounder, and Australia can't lose from here.
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Sarfraz goes for the ambitious reverse-hoick, but he only finds the point fielder. Faulker has 4 wickets, and Pakistan now need a 6 off every delivery.
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19.1 Faulkner to Sarfraz, OUT, caught by Khawaja at point. Sarfraz goes for a reverse sweep and gets a massive top edge.
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Malik carts Coulter-Nile for a 6 and a 4, and brings the target to an improbable-but-not-impossible 30 from one over. Who's up for some last-over drama?
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18.6 Coulter-Nile to Malik, 4 runs, full toss on off and Malik guides it past point for another boundary. Too late perhaps?
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18.5 Coulter-Nile to Malik, 6 runs, Malik gave the length a mighty hit and it carries way over long on.