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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.
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18.4 Coulter-Nile to Sarfraz, 1 run, tries for the almighty hoick, gets an inside edge onto his pads.
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The ball bounces just short of a diving Smith at long-off, and Malik fails to get more than a single. Just going through the motions here, everyone...
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18.3 Coulter-Nile to Malik, 1 run, smashes it which almost carries to Smith at long off. Good effort diving forward.
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18.2 Coulter-Nile to Sarfraz, 1 run, backs away and drives a ball to mid off who is up in the circle.
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43 to win off 11 balls now; this is looking practically impossible for Pakistan.
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18.1 Coulter-Nile to Malik, 1 run, length ball played to long off.
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Malik negotiates Faulkner's hat-trick ball safely, but you have to question the wisdom of sending Sarfraz Ahmed in at No. 8. The wicketkeeper-batsman is more than handy with the willow, but clearly the Pakistani team management doesn't think so. Is there anything at all that he can do at this point of the innings?
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17.6 Faulkner to Malik, 1 run, another slower ball and Malik comes down the track and smacks it to cover for only a single.
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17.5 Faulkner to Malik, 2 runs, slower length banged in, Malik pulls it for a brace.
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17.4 Faulkner to Imad, OUT, caught, Faulkner delivers another slower ball and Imad goes for a slog and top edges it and is caught easily just behind the stumps at the bowlers end.
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Another slower ball, and Imad Wasim exits without without scoring. Troubling times for Pakistan.
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And the slower one does the trick! Aimed straight at the stumps with not much pace on it, Latif completely misses the ball as it goes crashing into the stumps. I would've said this was the final nail in the coffin for Pakistan, but considering the rate at which Latif was batting, this might actually be a good thing for Pakistan.
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Imad Wasim walks in.
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17.3 Faulkner to Latif, OUT, bowled, another slower ball, Latif jumps out and swipes at it and misses it. Is bowled.
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It will be a surprise if Faulkner bowls a single 'quicker ball' this over. That's been his modus operandi at the death in recent times; try to bamboozle the batsmen with a mix of slower ones and short balls.
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17.2 Faulkner to Malik, 1 run, tries to dab it to third man and they finally cross over for a single.
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17.1 Faulkner to Latif, 1 run, played to deep square leg.
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Right then. 49 to win off 18 balls, and you sense someone from Pakistan has to go crazy for this to go down the wire. Faulkner has the ball now; will his slower deliveries be easy pickings for the batsmen?
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Afridi looks tense as he watches the proceedings from the pavilion. Is this the last time he's sitting there in an international game?
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16.6 Watson to Latif, 1 run, yorker again and this time Latif can get it to midwicket.
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16.5 Watson to Malik, 1 run, full again and Malik can only smash it to Warner at long on.
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A top-edge goes for 4, and Malik would be relieved. It doesn't matter how they come right now; Pakistan will take whatever they get.
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16.4 Watson to Malik, 4 runs, bangs this one in and Malik gets a top edge behind the keeper.
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16.3 Watson to Malik, 2 runs, yorker again and drilled to wide of Warner and they rush across for a brace. Good bowling from Watto.
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Watson was thrashed for 17 runs in his first over, but he's already done infinitely better in his second. 3 singles off the first 3 deliveries; that isn't nearly enough for Pakistan at this stage.