Sharjeel Khan bats during Pakistan vs Australia, Group 2 match at Mohali on Friday © Getty Images
Sharjeel Khan bats during Pakistan vs Australia, Group 2 match at Mohali on Friday © Getty Images

Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad were dismissed early during Pakistan’s chase of 194 against Australia in Group 2 ICC World T20 2016 match at Mohali on Friday. Sharjeel and Shehzad were out for 30 and  1 respectively. Josh Hazlewood drew first blood when he dismissed Shehzad in the 3rd over. Sharjeel Khan however gave Pakistan a flying start. After a slow start in the first over where Pakistan only managed two runs, Sharjeel smashed Nathan Coulter-Nile for three boundaries, thereby 12 runs off the second over. Although Hazlewood was hit too for two fours but he eventually made up for that with a wicket. While Sharjeel was on fire on the other end, Shehzad should have chosen to play the second fiddle. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs Australia, Match 26, Super 10 stage, ICC World T20 2016 at Mohali

However, he was in a hurry to join the party when he top-edged a swinger from Hazlewood which was easily caught by Coulter-Nile at mid-off, who finished an easy catch to leave Pakistan at 20 for 1. That immediately brought back the pressure on the Men in Green. The first dismissal brought in Khalid Latif at the middle. Since Mohammad Hafeez is still injured Latif has received another opportunity despite a poor string of scored in the recent times.

Meanwhile, although the Australians have been alert and quick on the field, Sharjeel has managed at least a boundary per over.  After 5 overs, Pakistan were 36 for 1 with Sharjeel and Latif at the crease. James Faulkner was next brought into action which might eventually be the turning point because he removed the set batsman Sharjeel in his very third delivery. Once again tempted to go for a big pull, he got his leg stump hit. From there, Pakistan still needed 153 more off 14 overs. Umar Akmal was the new batsman in. Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, T20 World Cup 2016, 26th Match at Mohali

Earlier, Steven Smith and Shane Watson’s fifth wicket stand of 74 helped Australia to post 193 for 4 in 20 overs. The Australian skipper who has been struggling to find form with the bat choose an absolute right match to bring out one of his best Twenty20 International (T20I) innings as he scored his second T20I fifty. Smith and Watson were unbeaten on 61 and 44 respectively. Pakistan’s Mohammad Sami was the most expensive bowler of the lot, leaking 53 runs in his 4 overs. The Australian wickets were picked by the likes of Wahab Riaz and Imad Riaz.