Australia vs Pakistan promises to be an exciting contest © Getty Images
Australia vs Pakistan promises to be an exciting contest © Getty Images

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(Australia (AUS) clash with Pakistan (PAK) in the third quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Friday. Catch live cricket scores and updates here)

All sympathies for Wahab Riaz but not for the others? Definitely, I say. Australia made a poor start and they were left sort of shell-shocked with the spell Riaz produced. He was the best performer in the match, and he deserves rich applause here. But not the others in the Pakistan team who dropped catches, mis-fielded, and first up, played irresponsible strokes to be bowled out for a total which they eventually could not defend.

Josh Hazlewood has been adjudged Man of the Match. It could well have been Riaz had the man, Rahat Ali, dropped Shane Watson in the 18th over when the pressure was completely on Australia. Watson had the luck on his side, as he not only managed to weather the storm but picked himself well to stay on till the end and scored the winning runs.

What a brilliant run Steven Smith is having of late? He does look a little vulnerable in the middle when he walks across to most of the deliveries and plays. But as the saying goes, it does not matter as long as they are coming. Smith is Australia’s biggest hope now with their top order not looking sure of getting runs on most of the occasions.

With all due respect, Pakistan did not look like a team that wanted to win. Poor strokes, senseless batting and irresponsibility shown by senior batsmen put them in the trouble. Pakistan were always expected to fight better with the ball, which they did, but the atrocious fielding showed why they have crashed out.

Misbah: Wahab bowled his heart out. I have never seen him bowling so well. Really happy with the way we bowled today. Happy the way we bowled in this World Cup. The team did well, won four matches in a row.

Clarke: Extremely happy, really close game. Bowlers did well and so did the fielders but Pakistan did come out strong and so did Wahab Riaz. Really proud of the boys. Wahab bowled really well. India are in good form. MS Dhoni is leading them really well, the top four from our team need to be better than what we did today.  I have told the team to not think too much about the World Cup win. Just be the best and keep preparing. 

Here is Shiamak Unwalla’s match report of the Australia vs Paksitan quarter-final at Adelaide.

So, Australia have fixed a match with the dominant India and it promises to be a cracker of a contest on next Thursday, March 26. India have won 11 World Cup matches on a row and Australia have never lost a World Cup semi-final. Interesting, isn’t it?

The fourth semi-finalist apart from India, South Africa, and Australia will be finalised tomorrow. The might of New Zealand taking on the inconsistent West Indies, who have somehow, just like Pakistan, have sneaked into the quarters. Will Chris Gayle play? Will there be another storm tomorrow? Or will New Zealand continue to rule, back home. Catch live action only on CricketCountry from 01.00 PM local, 06.30 AM IST and 01.00 GMT.

Good bye for now!


LIVE SCORE Australia 216/4 in 33.5 Overs: Sohail Khan comes back on. First ball is hit by Maxwell on the leg side for two runs. The next ball is creamed over the covers for a six! Pakistan are going out of this World Cup! Single on the leg side on the third delivery. Watson hits the second last ball through the covers, and puts his hands in the air to celebrate the win!  BATTING: Shane Watson 64 (66), Glenn Maxwell 44 (29)


LIVE SCORE Australia 203/4 in 33 Overs: Watson’s revenge! A short ball from Wahab is pulled over deep square leg fielder for a flat six are Australia are just a few strokes away from a win. A four, this time a ball sprayed on the leg side is hit well by Watson. Watson gives back the ‘verbal’ to Wahab! The bowler gives back with a bouncer and some more words. Watson is only smiling.  BATTING: Shane Watson 60 (64), Glenn Maxwell 35 (26)


LIVE SCORE Australia 193/4 in 32 Overs: Half-century number 33 in ODI cricket for Shane Watson now as Australia are cruising towards the win. Maxwell is throbbing in the middle — slams a four over the cover fielders. SIX to end the over by Maxwell who pulls over the fine leg fielder! Australia need 21 more runs. BATTING: Shane Watson 50 (58), Glenn Maxwell 35 (26)


LIVE SCORE Australia 182/4 in 31 Overs: Maxwell is unorthodox as after a good stroke to midwicket for four, he makes room to hit Riaz on the leg side. The ball has more pace than Maxwell anticipated, as it hits the bat and runs past the man at point. Runs coming easily, very easily I must say with the dropped catches and atrocious fielding. 32 runs more needed now. BATTING: Shane Watson 49 (57), Glenn Maxwell 25 (21)

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LIVE SCORE Australia 169/4 in 30 Overs: Maxwell slams a four and takes a single to keep the runs coming for Australia, who now need less than 50 runs now. Watson ends the over with a cracking drive for four. Nine runs from the over. BATTING: Shane Watson 48 (56), Glenn Maxwell 14 (16)


LIVE SCORE Australia 160/4 in 29 Overs: Wahab Riaz has four overs left and I think he will finish off those now in the second spell. Watson takes a single and on the second ball, Maxwell plays an atrocious stroke, the ball goes high in the air, travels to the man at third man and he DROPS it! Pakistan have let down Wahab Riaz today! I must say, it was not a cricketing stroke as Maxwell looked to slap the ball with a vertical bat and the ball hit the bottom. Australia need 54 more runs to win. BATTING: Shane Watson 44 (55), Glenn Maxwell 9 (11)

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LIVE SCORE Australia 153/4 in 28 Overs: Maxwell slams a four on the final ball of the over to take Australia past 150-run mark. There was a caught behind appeal, a long and loud cry from Pakistan but good they did not take the review. Australia need 61 more runs to win. BATTING: Shane Watson 42 (53), Glenn Maxwell 5 (7)


LIVE SCORE Australia 149/4 in 27 Overs: Australia still on top as Pakistan do not have enough runs on the board. One or two big overs can actually take the game away from Pakistan.   BATTING: Shane Watson 42 (53), Glenn Maxwell 1 (1)


LIVE SCORE Australia 148/4 in 26.4 Overs: Ehsan Adil comes back into the attack. He has trapped Steven Smith in front of the wickets but it does not look like a convincing decision. Australia do not have a review left. Glenn Maxwell is in now.  BATTING: Shane Watson 41 (51)

OUT! Steven Smith lbw Ehsan Adil 65 (69)


LIVE SCORE Australia 146/3 in 26 Overs: What a stroke! Smith dances down to hit a four down the ground on the third ball of the over, as Australia put seven more runs into their account. Australia now need 68 more runs to win.  BATTING: Steven Smith 64 (66), Shane Watson 41 (51)


LIVE SCORE Australia 139/3 in 25 Overs: Haris Sohail continues. DOT to start. ONE down to long off. ONE again, this time to long on. ONE! Full toss punched down the ground. DOT! Played straight to the bowler. ONE! Played to deep point.  BATTING: Steven Smith 57 (60), Shane Watson 41 (51)


LIVE SCORE Australia 135/3 in 24 Overs: Shahid Afridi again. Short ball, pulled by Watson to deep square leg for one. ONE! Clipped off the leg to deep square leg. TWO! Clipped to deep square leg for a couple. THREE! Hammered down the ground. ONE down to long on. ONE to deep square leg to finish the over.  BATTING: Steven Smith 53 (57), Shane Watson 39 (50)


LIVE SCORE Australia 125/3 in 23 Overs: No threat to Australia as of now. Haris Sohail comes on to bowl and Watson and Smith scramble to add three more runs to the total. Australia now need 88 runs to win.  BATTING: Steven Smith 53 (54), Shane Watson 32 (44)


LIVE SCORE Australia 123/3 in 22 Overs: Watson is opening up after surviving that hostile spell as he slams a four through midwicket to start off positively. Sohail Khan bowls two very short balls, for no reason. Both are adjudged wide. Watson is getting into the groove now. Another four towards backward square leg.  BATTING: Steven Smith 52 (53), Shane Watson 30 (40)


LIVE SCORE Australia 112/3 in 21 Overs: Steven Smith you beauty! Smith completes his half-century and Australia and slowly and steadily coming back into the contest. Smith creams one through covers off Rahat Ali for four, who has replaced Wahab Riaz after a hostile spell.  BATTING: Steven Smith 52 (53), Shane Watson 21 (34)


LIVE SCORE Australia 105/3 in 20 Overs: The game of cricket is all about weathering the storms and Watson and Smith have done an excellent job so far. Preserving wickets is the key and it looks like they have settled down well now. Australia go past 100 with Watson creaming one through covers for four.  BATTING: Steven Smith 48 (50), Shane Watson 19 (30)


LIVE SCORE Australia 98/3 in 19 Overs: Watson survives another over from Wahab as Australia add five more runs to the total. They now need 116 more runs to win. BATTING: Steven Smith 47 (48), Shane Watson 13 (28)


LIVE SCORE Australia 93/3 in 18 Overs: Afridi has been replaced by Sohail Khan, who is hit for a four in the midwicket region by Shane Watson on a short ball. Australia add five more runs to the total. Need 121 more runs to win. BATTING: Steven Smith 46 (47), Shane Watson 11 (22)


LIVE SCORE Australia 88/3 in 17 Overs: DROPPED! Watson takes on the Wahab challenge and pulls. The ball flies straight to the man at fine leg. Rahat Ali. Who has all the time in the world to position himself well and just take the dolly. But he does not. DROP. Wahab has done everything. All he can do is cry now. He shrieks looking at the embarrassing spill. Frustration from Wahab as the ball hit back by Smith is thrown back at the batsman. Watson has two balls to survive. The second last ball is rammed short. Watson fails to keep the stroke down and the ball lands near him. Two runs off the final ball. BATTING: Steven Smith 45 (45), Shane Watson 7 (18)


LIVE SCORE Australia 83/3 in 16 Overs: Superb shot from Smith as he dances down the wicket to hit a four on the deep midwicket area off Afridi. Two more runs in the same are on the fourth delivery. Good over for Australia as eight runs come off it. BATTING: Steven Smith 44 (42), Shane Watson 4 (15)


LIVE SCORE Australia 74/3 in 15 Overs:  Wahab continues. Smith defends the second ball as he tried to hit the first on the leg side but there is a fielder at short leg. Single taken on the third ball. Lucky for Watson. Had there been a man at shortish extra cover or shortish point, he would have been dismissed. A bouncer which Watson fails to keep low and then the second last ball, falls short again of the man at short midwicket. Watson having his luck on the side. Another edge that goes over slips and falls short of third man. It’s all happening!!! BATTING: Steven Smith 36 (38), Shane Watson 3 (13)


LIVE SCORE Australia 72/3 in 14 Overs: Shahid Afridi is into the attack. After two deliveries there is a long gap. Pakistan mulling over who to put at short leg. In comes the man himself. Misbah. If there were more Pakistanis around they would have definitely cheered him on. Could be the final game. Australia need less than 150. Need a strong partnership and all the pressure will be off.  Time for drinks. Australia need exactly 142 to win. BATTING: Steven Smith 35 (35), Shane Watson 2 (10)


LIVE SCORE Australia 67/3 in 13 Overs: You would have never seen Wahab Riaz so fired up. He is peppering Shane Watson with short deliveries and then following up them with lot of cheer and claps. Good contest. Pakistan at least are stepping up somewhere and somehow. Excellent ball to finish the over — rising on Watson, around hitting the chest area with lot of pace. Watson somehow manages to remain safe.   BATTING: Steven Smith 31 (31), Shane Watson 1 (8)


LIVE SCORE Australia 66/3 in 12 Overs: Australia cannot lose from here. If they do, they will not be able to come up with any excuse. The pitch has no demons. Around 148 runs needed to win from 38 overs. Smith gets a four, once again a glorious cover drive. . BATTING: Steven Smith 30 (30), Shane Watson 1 (3)

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LIVE SCORE Australia 59/3 in 11 Overs: Shane Watson is out there in the middle as Australia look to preserve wickets. Riaz is on fire. He is going on spurring the Paksitani fielders in his run up. Good fun to watch. Riaz trying to give it back to Australia. BATTING: Steven Smith 24 (25), Shane Watson 0 (2)


LIVE SCORE Australia 59/3 in 10.4 Overs: Clarke is OUT! Wahab Riaz has brought Pakistan right back into this game!!! What a superb ball to the Australian captain who is bounced out here! Brilliant planning from Pakistan as Australia have stuttered in their chase. BATTING: Steven Smith 22 (23), 

OUT! Michael Clarke c Sohaib Maqsood b Wahab Riaz 8 (11)


LIVE SCORE Australia 56/2 in 10 Overs: Rahat Ali continues. He has bowled a tight line here, not much movement on offer but he has held up his end well. Steven Smith and Michael Clarke have their task cut out for them now. If a wicket is to fall at this point, Pakistan would be right on top. BATTING: Steven Smith 22 (23), Michael Clarke 7 (9)


 

LIVE SCORE Australia 52/2 in 9 Overs: Michael Clarke has walked out now and there could be no better time for the skipper to take charge of his side and the proceedings. Australia need a strong partnership now, no point giving away the advantage. BATTING: Steven Smith 22 (23), Michael Clarke 3 (3)


LIVE SCORE Australia 49/2 in 8.3 Overs: Smith and Warner have done really well to keep the Pakistani bowlers at bay. They have also scored runs at a brisk rate to keep the scoreboard ticking. Wahab comes into the attack and strikes immediately! He entices Warner with a short ball, which is hit directly to the third man fielder! BATTING: Steven Smith 21 (23)

OUT! David Warner c Rahat Ali b Wahab Riaz 24 (23)


LIVE SCORE Australia 44/1 in 8 Overs: Smith hits Rahat’s first ball on the deep square leg region for two runs. The bowler improvises the line and keep Smith quiet till the last ball, which is punched through covers for two runs. BATTING: David Warner 21 (21), Steven Smith 21 (23)


LIVE SCORE Australia 40/1 in 7 Overs: Another gift to Smith as he gets another opportunity to play the cover drive, and boy Smithy is not missing out on these. Four runs from the fourth ball and then a single. Australia now need 174 more runs to win. BATTING: David Warner 21 (21), Steven Smith 17 (16)


LIVE SCORE Australia 35/1 in 6 Overs: Gift from Rahat Ali first up as Warner gets a short, wide delivery outside off which he dispatches for a boundary. An there it is! Beautiful shot from Smith as he cracks a four through covers. Good over for Australia as 12 runs comes off it. BATTING: David Warner 21 (20), Steven Smith 12 (11)


LIVE SCORE Australia 23/1 in 5 Overs: Smith is away with a four off the first ball from Sohail on the leg side. The Pakistan bowler is trying to get the ball into the right hander, as he is bowling around the off and the middle stumps. Couple of strokes from Smith make you think he is shuffling across the wickets a lot and the bat is not coming down straight as well.  BATTING: David Warner 16 (18), Steven Smith 5 (7)


LIVE SCORE Australia 17/1 in 4 Overs: Crucial for Australia not only to preserve wickets but also to keep the runs coming. They cannot get stalled in the middle as Pakistan would like to create pressure by bowling couple of tight overs. Warner tries to hit but is not able to execute strokes properly on couple of deliveries. He collects two runs on the second last ball with a stroke between extra cover and point.  BATTING: David Warner 15 (16), Steven Smith 0 (3)


LIVE SCORE Australia 15/1 in 3 Overs: Steven Smith has walked out to bat. It will be a very crucial first couple of overs and Australia cannot lose their advantage to Pakistan by losing early wickets. Smith plays out the remainder of the over. BATTING: David Warner 13 (10), Steven Smith 0 (3)


LIVE SCORE Australia 15/1 in 2.3 Overs: Finch pushes on the off side to collect two runs. But on the third ball, Sohail Khan strikes as Aaron Finch falls! The ball was hitting right on the middle stump’s line. Finch takes the DRS appeal but it was plumb! A review wasted! Pakistan strike early! BATTING: David Warner 13 (10),

OUT! Aaron Finch lbw Sohail Khan 2 (4)


LIVE SCORE Australia 13/0 in 2 Overs: Warner is lucky as a thick outside edge flies to the boundary off Ehsan Adil. This was after the left-hander took two runs from the first ball in the over. Another good over for Australia with six runs coming off it. BATTING: David Warner 13 (10), Aaron Finch 0 (2)


LIVE SCORE Australia 7/0 in 1 Over: Nice gentle push from David Warner gets Australia their first run and a boundary off the third ball from Sohail Khan’s over. The fourth delivery is pushed straight down the wicket and Warner takes three more runs. It will be important that Austraila remain positive and not lose early wickets. Aaron Finch is hit on the front leg and Sohail is quite confident it was out. Umpire said no. BATTING: David Warner 7 (4), Aaron Finch 0 (2)


If Pakistan intend to put pressure on Australia and derail them in this modest chase, they will have to get at least 4-5 men out early. But if David Warner and Aaron Finch come out all guns blazing, it could be over for Pakistan even before they realise. David Warner and Aaron Finch have reached the middle. Pakistan bowlers have been out for quite sometime now.

I had said it before the start of the game — Pakistan’s real test against Australia is with the bat and not with the ball. Not a single half-century despite Pakistan batting one ball less than the allotted overs. The focus was on the Johnsons and Starcs but the job for Australia was done by Josh Hazlewood, who claimed four wickets to help Australia bowl out the opponents for a modest 213. Here’s Shiamak Unwalla’s innings report of Australia vs Pakistan.


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 213/10 in 49.5 Overs: Finally some action in the middle as Ehsan slams a four down the ground and then hits in the air in the same area to collect two runs. Ehsan is caught on the second last ball. Pakistan bowled out!  BATTING:  Rahat Ali 6 (21)

OUT! Ehsan Adil c Mitchell Starc b James Faulkner 15 (22)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 206/9 in 49 Overs: Nothing happening out there. Watson keeps Rahat pinned on the strike for the first five balls. No run scored. As usual, a single off the final ball. One more over left in the innings.  BATTING: Ehsan Adil 9 (18), Rahat Ali 5 (20)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 205/9 in 48 Overs: Only two runs added off the third last over in the innings from James Faulkner. BATTING: Ehsan Adil 9 (18), Rahat Ali 4 (14)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 203/9 in 47 Overs: Rahat and Ehsan are batting really well to add crucial runs for their side.  Three more runs added off Shane Watson in the 47th over of the innings. BATTING: Ehsan Adil 8 (15), Rahat Ali 3 (11)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 200/9 in 46 Overs: Rahat and Ehsan do extremely well to take a couple of sharp singles in the middle to take Pakistan to 200-run mark. After all, it is their job to defend after being let down so miserably by the batsmen.   BATTING: Ehsan Adil 6 (12), Rahat Ali 2 (8)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 196/9 in 45 Overs: Starc continues. Again from around the wicket and couple of edges beaten. The final ball gets an edge but falls right before Clarke in the slips. Poor, from Pakistan.  BATTING: Ehsan Adil 3 (9), Rahat Ali 1 (5)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 195/9 in 44 Overs: Hazlewood does not have the hype around him but he has done excellently well to take four wickets so far in the game. Pakistan in tatters as the ninth wicket has fallen! Earlier in the over, Adil does well to collect three runs for his side.  BATTING: Ehsan Adil 3 (6),

OUT! Sohail Khan c Brad Haddin b Josh Hazlewood 4 (5)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 192/8 in 43 Overs: Sohail Khan has walked out to bat and he collects a couple of runs on the final ball of the over. Four runs and a wicket in that over. BATTING:  Ehsan Adil 0 (3), Sohail Khan  4 (4)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 188/8 in 42.2 Overs: There it is! Wahab Riaz was living dangerously at the crease and he rode his luck hard and for long to not get an edge there. But not this time around. An outside edge and Haddin takes a good catch. Starc has another wicket! BATTING:  Ehsan Adil 0 (3)

OUT! Wahab Riaz c Brad Haddin b Mitchell Starc 16 (22)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 188/7 in 42 Overs: Wicket maiden for Hazlewood as Ehsan Adil joins Wahab Riaz to add a couple of much-needed runs for Pakistan. BATTING: Wahab Riaz 16 (20), Ehsan Adil 0 (3)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 188/7 in 41.3 Overs: Third wicket in the game for Hazlewood as Maqsood is caught by Mitchell Johnson on the second attempt, off the third ball in the over. Pakistan’s last recognised batsman has fallen. BATTING: Wahab Riaz 16 (20)

OUT! Sohaib Maqsood c Mitchell Johnson b Josh Hazlewood 29 (44)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 188/6 in 41 Overs: FOUR! Riaz does well to hit a boundary on an in-swinging delivery of Starc as Pakistan continue to add crucial runs. Riaz takes a single on the fourth ball and then a single to end the over. Pakistan add six more runs to the total.  BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 29 (41),Wahab Riaz 16 (20)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 182/6 in 40 Overs: Riaz is fired up after that sledge. Slams a four off the first ball down the ground off Faulkner. Takes a single on the fourth delivery and there is an overthrow! Johnson trying to hit the wickets gives away easy runs to Pakistan.  BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 28 (39),Wahab Riaz 11 (16)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 171/6 in 39 Overs: Mitchell Starc comes round the wicket but is not able to find the edge. The left-arm bowler is generating a lot of pace and trying to create chances. Starc beats Riaz outside off stump and then asks, ‘Can’t you see the white ball?’ Riaz goes to the umpire.  BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 26 (37),Wahab Riaz 2 (12)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 168/6 in 38 Overs: Sohaib Maqsood takes a single off the first ball and then Faulkner beats Riaz on all the remaining deliveries. BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 24 (34),Wahab Riaz 1 (9)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 167/6 in 37 Overs: I really do not know what is wrong with the Pakistan batsmen. There are 13 overs left, but Maqsood, for some reason, plays a cross batted shot and the ball goes in the air. Watson is not quick enough to get there as the ball dies near the 30 yard ring. Five runs somehow, off Starc in that over. BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 24 (33),Wahab Riaz 1 (4)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 162/6 in 36 Overs: Excellent over from James Faulkner as he keeps Maqsood tied up on striker’s end for the first five balls. Surprising to see Maqsood, far more technically sound than some of the men coming ahead of him, struggling this World Cup. One run to end the over. BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 20 (30),Wahab Riaz 0 (1)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 161/6 in 35 Overs: Starc is back into the attack as Australia are now looking to bundle out Pakistan soon. Maqsood, under pressure swings and misses out. He’s beaten on the third ball of the over. Three runs from the over. BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 19 (24),Wahab Riaz 0 (1)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 158/6 in 34 Overs: Two balls. Outside off. Probing. And Afridi beaten on both the occasions by Hazlewood. Afridi then swings and swings hard on the third to get a four over the wicketkeeper. Remember:  This could be Afridi’s final ODI innings. Two singles off the next two deliveries. AND OUT! Afridi has FALLEN! Caught in the deep midwicket! BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 16 (19),

OUT! Shahid Afridi c Aaron Finch b Josh Hazlewood 23 (15)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 152/5 in 33 Overs: Width from Johnson and Afridi throws his bat at it to hit a six over the covers. In three innings, Afridi had scored only six runs so far versus Johnson. Pakistan bring up their 150-run mark with Maqsood collecting two runs on the final ball. Time for drinks. BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 15 (18), Shahid Afridi 18 (10)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 143/5 in 32 Overs: Hazlewood comes back on after an impressive first spell. Pakistan batsmen manage only a couple of singles. Maqsood shrugs off some pressure with a boundary on the final ball of the over.   BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 13 (15), Shahid Afridi 11 (7)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 135/5 in 31 Overs: Poor from someone as technically sound as Maqsood as a tough return catch is spilled by Mitchell Johnson, who dives, gets his left hand on the ball but fails to take it. What if he took it? Pakistan would have been in deeper trouble. Maqsood takes a single on the second last ball of the over.  BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 6 (10), Shahid Afridi 10 (6)

 


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 134/5 in 30 Overs: Shahid Afridi walks in and he slams two boundaries to start with. Any runs now is a bonus for Pakistan with not much batting left in their ranks.  BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 5 (5), Shahid Afridi 10 (5)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 124/5 in 29.1 Overs: Akmal commits suicide! The right hander hits a short ball from Glenn Maxwell straight to the man at deep midwicket! This is another big blow to Pakistan! BATTING: Sohaib Maqsood 5 (5)

OUT! Umar Akmal c Aaron Finch b Glenn Maxwell 20 (26)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 124/4 in 29 Overs:  Akmal does really well to hit one straight and the ball goes to the boundary. Pakistan add five runs from Mitchell Johnson’s seventh over in the innings. BATTING: Umar Akmal 20 (25), Sohaib Maqsood 5 (5)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 118/4 in 28 Overs:  Maxwell continues. Another excellent over from the right-arm spinner as Pakistan are able to add only four runs off him. BATTING: Umar Akmal 15 (19), Sohaib Maqsood 4 (4)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 114/4 in 27 Overs: A full toss from Johnson and Sohaib Maqsood is away. Pakistan really need a strong partnership to put up a strong score here.  BATTING: Umar Akmal 13 (15), Sohaib Maqsood 2 (2)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 112/4 in 26.4 Overs: And another one bits the dust! Mitchell Johnson has a wicket as coming round the wickets, he gets the left-hander Sohail caught behind! Pakistan stumble once again! BATTING: Umar Akmal 10 (14)

OUT! Haris Sohail c Brad Haddin b Mitchell Johnson 41 (57)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 108/3 in 26 Overs:  Maxwell continues. Lucky for Akmal as an inside edge misses the wickets. Blooper from Brad Haddin as Australia appeal for a wicket while the wicketkeeper’s gloves flicked the bails as the batsman, Akmal, played a late cut for four.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 40 (54), Umar Akmal 10 (14)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 102/3 in 25 Overs: With the new batsmen coming in, Clarke calls back Johnson into the attack. Akmal is beaten outside off on the second delivery. Umar takes a single on the second last ball, that’s the only run scored in the over.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 40 (54), Umar Akmal 4 (8)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 101/3 in 24 Overs:  Umar Akmal walks in an an outside edge gets Pakistan the runs to go past 100-run mark. had there been a first slip, this bloke would have gone too! Big breakthrough from Maxwell to Australia! BATTING: Haris Sohail 40 (53), Umar Akmal 3 (3)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 97/3 in 23.2 Overs:  And there it is!!! The biggest wicket among the Pakistani ranks! Maxwell strikes as Misbah, looking for another massive six, is caught in the deep. No dream century for the Pakistan captain! BIG, BIG blow to Pakistan! BATTING: Haris Sohail 37 (50),

OUT! Misbah-ul-Haq c Aaron Finch b Glenn Maxwell 34 (59)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 96/2 in 23 Overs:  Excellent over from Watson as he does not allow the Pakistani batsmen to score easy runs. Misbah and Sohail take only two runs. BATTING: Haris Sohail 37 (50), Misbah-ul-Haq 33 (53)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 94/2 in 22 Overs:  Misbah takes a single on the third ball from Faulkner. Three runs from the over as Australia still continue to deny Pakistan quick runs. BATTING: Haris Sohail 38 (51), Misbah-ul-Haq 34 (58)

STATS ALERT: Misbah-ul-Haq is now the only second Pakistan captain to score 3,000 runs in ODI cricket.


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 90/2 in 21 Overs: You got to feel for Australia! So many chances but not all coming their way. Another obnoxious stroke on a short ball from Sohail as he gets an edge and the ball just flies over Haddin off Watson. The left-hander then slams a four over mid on.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 35 (47), Misbah-ul-Haq 32 (50)

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LIVE SCORE Pakistan 83/2 in 20 Overs: Maxwell is off the attack after a couple of few good overs and James Faulkner comes on.  A fine start by the Australian bowler as Pakistan manage only two runs off him. BATTING: Haris Sohail 28 (43), Misbah-ul-Haq 32 (48)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 81/2 in 19 Overs: Out of nowhere Sohail has a go against Shane Watson. Goes for the mighty big heave, gets a leading edge and the ball falls short of the fielder at third man. This is the cricket Pakistan are known for. Four runs added to the total.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 27 (39), Misbah-ul-Haq 31 (46)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 77/2 in 18 Overs: Maxwell continues. Misbah gets on backfoot and punches one to deep midwicket for a single. The partnership for the third wicket is nearing 50-run mark now for Misbah and Sohail. Misbah brings up the half-century stand with a massive sic over midwicket once again.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 25 (35), Misbah-ul-Haq 29 (45)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 69/2 in 17 Overs: Mitchell Johnson continues. DOT! TWO Haris Sohail defends it away carefully. THREE! Full delivery, played down the ground. DOT! Short ball, well played by Misbah. DOT! Misbah drives straight to mid off. DOT! Misbah again plays it straight to mid off. ONE! Inside edge, goes to fine leg.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 24 (32), Misbah-ul-Haq 22 (42)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 65/2 in 16 Overs: Maxwell continues. Haris fails to get off the strike on the first three balls. The left-hander then pushes the fourth down the ground for a single. Misbah is beaten on the final ball.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 21 (30), Misbah-ul-Haq 21 (37)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 64/2 in 15 Overs: Johnson continues. Sohail takes a single on the second ball and then Misbah hits on the leg side for two runs. This is turning out to be a good partnership for Pakistan. Three runs from that over.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 20 (26), Misbah-ul-Haq 21 (35)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 61/2 in 14 Overs: Some respite for Pakistan as Glenn Maxwell comes on to bowl. They will be lot more comfortable versus spin. Misbah picks the final delivery to send it flying over the midwicket boundary for a six.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 19 (24), Misbah-ul-Haq 19 (31)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 52/2 in 13 Overs: Misbah hits towards third man to bring up the 50-run mark for his side. Haris Sohail is very eager to score runs. Anyhow. It’s the 13th over in the innings, he is moving his frontfoot across. Johnson attacking from round the wicket.   BATTING: Haris Sohail 17 (21), Misbah-ul-Haq 12 (28)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 49/2 in 12 Overs: This has been an excellent start so far by the Australians. Sohail tries to break the shackles with a four slapped past the man at mid off on the third ball from Hazlewood. First four after 20 deliveries. Good over for Pakistan as Sohail ends it with another four, through the covers. BATTING: Haris Sohail 16 (17), Misbah-ul-Haq 9 (23)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 38/2 in 11 Overs: Had there been a short leg, Mishab might have joined Shehzad and Sarfraz in the hut. Johnson bangs in short. Misbah is hit on the gloves and the ball falls safely on to the ground in front of the batsman. Single on the leg side off the third ball. Pakistan must be praised for the way they have handled the short balls, have ducked on all of them. . BATTING: Haris Sohail 7 (14), Misbah-ul-Haq 9 (23)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 37/2 in 10 Overs: Loud appeal for leg before against Misbah from Hazlewood and company. Replays show the ball was going above the wickets. Misbah is off the strike on the fourth ball with a single. David Warner saves a certain boundary as Sohail hits very well on the off side looking for a boundary. BATTING: Haris Sohail 7 (11), Misbah-ul-Haq 8 (20)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 36/2 in 9 Overs: Lucky for Misbah once again. Mitchell Johnson’s first delivery has width and he gets an inside edge that races to boundary. Single taken on the third ball with a gentle push towards the leg side. Misbah is walking across the wickets quite often now. Beaten on the second last ball.  Single off the last.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 7 (9), Misbah-ul-Haq 7 (16)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 28/2 in 8 Overs: Hazlewood continues. Sohail is looking to be a little positive here, trying to score runs. The first three balls are in the right channel. No run. Harris pushes towards the third man to come back for the second run. Only two runs scored in the over.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 6 (8), Misbah-ul-Haq 1 (12)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 26/2 in 7 Overs: Clarke has brought in the third slip as Misbah’s wicket is what Australia are eyeing. The first four balls are dots. Pakistan only looking to preserve wickets here. Scoring runs will be done another day. The second last ball is a beauty — just goes past Misbah, rising on the batsman. Maiden over. BATTING: Haris Sohail 4 (2), Misbah-ul-Haq 1 (12)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 26/2 in 6 Overs: Misbah-ul-Haq and Pakistan should be thanking their stars! The skipper moves across and the ball flicked the thigh pad, hit the leg stump but the bails did not get dislodge! The bails stayed on while the lights on the wickets and bails blinked. What a moment for Pakistan and Australia! This wicket is certainly the most priced one!  BATTING: Haris Sohail 4 (2), Misbah-ul-Haq 1 (6)

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LIVE SCORE Pakistan 24/2 in 5.1 Overs: Is this why you elect to bat first? Ahmed Shehzad plays one of the most poor strokes you will ever see on a delivery probing outside off and Michael Clarke is not going to miss catches. Pakistan have lost their second wicket! Shehzad is back in the hut after a struggle of 13-ball five-run innings. BATTING:  Haris Sohail 4 (2)

OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c Michael Clarke b Josh Hazlewood 5 (13)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 24/1 in 5 Overs: Haris Sohail strikes a four past the point first ball and then ducks a bouncer that ends the over. Australia draw first blood! BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad 5 (12), Haris Sohail 4 (2)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 20/1 in 4.4 Overs: Sarfraz takes two runs with a gentle push past the fielder at mid off. First boundary in the over as Sarfraz does well to push the ball between deep square leg and fine leg. But there it is!!! Starc once again becomes the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup as he has the big wicket! Sarfraz is caught at the second slip! Superb catch by Shane Watson!. BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad 5 (12)

OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed c Shane Watson b Mitchell Starc 10 (16)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 13/0 in 4 Overs: Sarfraz takes a single on the first ball and then Hazlewood keeps Shehzad tied up at the strike. The Pakistan opener ducks a bouncer from the right-arm bowler. Excellent over for Australia, only one run scored. BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad 5 (12), Sarfraz Ahmed 4 (12)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 12/0 in 3 Overs: Shehzad gets another single to the third man on an attempted yorker from Starc. Sarfraz is off the mark on the 10th ball of his innings, hits towards fine leg to come back for the second run. Pakistan making a steady start here. Faulkner does well to collect the ball at third man as Shehzad adds two more runs. BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad 5 (7), Sarfraz Ahmed 3 (11)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 6/0 in 2 Overs: Josh Hazlewood comes on for the second over as Mitchell Johnson to bowl first change. Another single to Shehzad down to the third man. First boundary on the match as Hazlewood sprays one down the leg and the ball goes past Bard Haddin who puts in a big dive. Sarfraz is beaten outside off on the final ball. BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad 2 (4), Sarfraz Ahmed 0 (8)


LIVE SCORE Pakistan 1/0 in 1 Over: Mitchell Starc begins the attack and Ahmed Shehzad takes a single on the first ball towards the third man. Sarfraz Ahmed hits well on the third ball but Steven Smith is sharp enough at the extra cover position to move quickly on the left and stop a boundary. Peach of a delivery! Starc has Sarfraz all at set with one that just misses the off stump by inches, before missing the inside edge. The final delivery is hit well but straight to Smith at extra cover. BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad 1 (1), Sarfraz Ahmed 0 (5)


National anthems are done and time for action. Mitchell Starc to begin the proceedings. Ahmed Shehzad on strike!

STATS ALERT: Pakistan have lost 9 out of 10 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) to Australia in Australia. They had lost the ODI series in the UAE to Australia as well last year.

FACT ALERT: Australia’s unbeaten run in World Cup tournaments was halted by Pakistan at 34 in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Time for some revege?

I think all the ‘unpredictability’ with Pakistan is in their bowling. With the bat they are pretty feeble and the Australians would surely be fired up to have a to at their challengers. Pakistan’s biggest test is with the bat, with the ball they can certainly spring surprises. The challenge will be to put up a very strong total, because unlike Pakistan, Australia bat really, really deep.

For Australia to keep Pakistan under small total, three men — Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq — will be the key.

TOSS: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the third quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Adelaide Oval.  

Clarke confirms that Hazlewood has replaced Cummins. Clarke sounds optimistic looking at the possibilities that are there on the pitch — it is expected that the fast bowlers will get some assistance early on. Pakistan skipper feels the momentum is with his side and they would like to put up a strong total.

Looking at the batting order of the Australian team, Pakistan will have to bat out of their skins and put up a total in excess of 300.

TEAMS:

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil

Just in: There are reports suggesting that Pat Cummins, who was seen warming up and marking his run-up, has been dropped. He did not do well against Scotland and perhaps that prompted the decision to take in Josh Hazlewood instead.

Misbah-ul-Haq could be playing his last game, and who knows, it could be the last World Cup match for frail Michael Clarke as well! Can’t really choose between who should go and who should carry on.

About 10 more minutes for the big toss. I feel that Australia can do better by not fretting over the unpredictability that Pakistan promises, and rather try and execute their own plans for the match. Have a read: Australia’s approach critical in match vs unpredictable Pakistan

Funny it is, isn’t it? You do all the hard work but one bad day can throw you out of the tournament. Such is the challenge, the teams left in this World Cup cannot afford to have any bad day anymore!

Shane Warne spoke to the Australian players ahead of the match. Warne says the team is ready as they feel despite a slow start they have achieved a good momentum and they are quite relaxed going into this big game. Warne adds that the players are wary of Pakistan’s firepower and the threat they produce.

 

The Pakistani players had a light game of football and then they discussed and revised plans in a big team huddle. They are warming up now.

A very warm welcome and good morning to everyone out there! Will it be yet another excellent day for the dominant Australians, or will Pakistan spring up a surprise today? Whatever the outcome be, I reckon the team which plays better cricket today will win.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third quarter-final match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between co-hosts Australia and Pakistan, at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the over-by-over updates from the match. Australia vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final 3 at Adelaide preview

Australia will feel they have an upper hand over Pakistan because of the fact that they enjoy home support and conditions. Australia have performed better in this ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 compared to Pakistan as they lost only one match in their group stage, and that too by a close margin of one wicket to New Zealand in a thrilling game. On the other hand, Pakistan started off atrociously, losing to India and then to the West Indies. Stats Preview: Australia vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final 3

But Pakistan somehow bounced back to register four wins on a trot and rekindle the memories of their successful run in the 1992 edition of the cricket World Cup held in the same part of the world. Pakistan forced their way into the quarter-finals with some good performances, but consistency is something which cannot be associated with this side. Pakistan aim to carry winning momentum in quarter-final vs Australia

Pakistan are unpredictable and their record against Australia in Australia is also not something that suggests there is a win in store for them today. Out of their last 10 One-Day Internationals Down Under, Pakistan have lost nine to Australia, and looking at the form the current Australian team is in, it looks like an impossible task for the Asian side.

Squads:

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, George Bailey, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal(wk), Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail.

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LIVE SCORE Pakistan 28/2 in 8 Overs: Hazlewood continues. Sohail is looking to be a little positive here, trying to score runs. The first three balls are in the right channel. No run. Harris pushes towards the third man to come back for the second run. Only two runs scored in the over.  BATTING: Haris Sohail 6 (7), Misbah-ul-Haq 1 (12)