Australia vs Pakistan
Pakistan win by four wickets
Australia's astonishing World Cup unbeaten run comes to an end at 34 matches, and Ricky Ponting tastes defeat as skipper in the global showpiece for the first time at the 28th time of asking. Pakistan full value for the win, they bowled and fielded superbly and - despite a superb new-ball blast from Lee - got home thanks to Shafiq's solidity and Umar Akmal's strokeplay. Pakistan top Group A and will now face England or West Indies in the last eight, while for Australia, a probable heavyweight quarter-final clash with India.
Over 41: Krejza 0-0-0-1-4-4
178-6 - Razzaq swings Krejza over midwicket for four, and Pakistan are one hit away now. And Razzaq provides it from the very next ball, flaying a cover-drive to the ropes.
Over 40: Lee 0-0-1-1-0-0
169-6 - Not even Lee can do anything about this now.
Over 39: Krejza 1-0-0-1-1-2b
167-6 - Just 10 runs needed now as three singles followed by two byes for a pretty mediocre bit of work from Haddin move Pakistan ever closer to victory.
Over 38: Tait 2-0wd-0-0-1-2-0
162-6 - Pakistan crawling towards this total now. Razzaq scampers back for two after clipping off his hip before Tait then starts spraying the ball around. First he bowls a wide, then he bowls what would've been another one had Razzaq not managed to get the cue end on it for a single and then offers more width that sees Akmal open the face and powerdab the ball to third-man for two. Fifteen to win.
Over 37: Krejza 0-0-1-0-0-0
156-6 - Pakistan trying to give Australia hope here with some minor shambling here. Razzaq plays back to Krejza and his hit on the pad by one that spins back sharply. Big appeal, but height has to be against the bowler there.
Over 36: Tait 0-1-0-0-0-0
155-6 - Ponting makes a final throw of the Tait dice tonight. Almost gets a result as well as Akmal gets only a top edge to an attempted pull shot but finds safe ground.
Over 35: Krejza 1-4-1-0-1-0
154-6 - Top shot from Umar, rocking back and cutting Krejza hard behind point for a boundary. Since that early swipe to leg, his aggression has been based on a solid foundation of proper cricket shots. It's been a superb innings.
Over 34: Johnson 0-1-1-1-1-0
147-6 - Johnson almost gets the ball through Razzaq's defences but the batsman manages to squeeze the ball safely to long-leg off a thick inside edge. Pakistan edge four runs closer to victory.
Over 33: Krejza 1-0-2-0-W-1
143-6 WICKET! Afridi provides the exact opposite of a captain's innings, going for a big shot straight away when the run-rate is negligible and the well-set Umar Akmal is doing the big-hitting perfectly well. But Afridi needs the limelight and tries to clear long-on. He doesn't. Umar Akmal gets a single from the final ball of the over as Razzaq is kept waiting to face his first delivery.
Over 32: Johnson 0-0-0-0-1-W
139-5 WICKET! Time for another twist? Fine delivery from Johnson that bounces to take the glove and loop to Watson at slip. Simple catch made slightly more difficult by the distraction of an inexplicably diving Haddin who had no chance of getting anywhere near it.
Over 31: Krejza 0-0-6-0-1-0
138-4 - Krejza into the attack, and there's simply no way Umar will be able to resist this. Not a chance. The only surprise is that it takes a whole three balls before Akmal skips down the track and wallops the ball 91 metres straight back over the bowler's head. That Lee double briefly raised Australian hopes, but Akmal is getting the job done in a hurry now.
Over 30: Johnson 4-0-0-1-0-0
131-4 - Shot! Fearless cricket when it comes off, brainless when it doesn't. File this one under the former category as Akmal strides down the crease at Johnson and heaves him over midwicket for a one-bounce four.
Over 29: Tait 4-0-0-0-0-0
126-4 - Fine shot from Shafiq, taking on the short ball from Tait and hooking it well in front of square. Not perfectly timed, but plenty enough on it to take the ball to the midwicket fence. Could have been four more from the last ball of the over as a wide long-hop is cut hard by Shafiq, but a diving Clarke at backward point makes the save.
Over 28: Johnson 0-0-1-0-0-1
122-4 - Better from Johnson, keeping the line tighter to the right-handers and not giving the room to free the hands.
Over 27: Tait 0-1-0-0-0-1
120-4 - Lee out of the attack, Tait returns. He's going for the yorkers bowled from wide of the crease; doesn't quite get it right, but gets close enough to the target to keep the batsmen honest.
Over 26: Johnson 0-0-2-0wd-4-1-1
118-4 - Ponting gambles on bringing back Johnson. Doesn't work. After a promising start he bowls a big wide outside the off stump after getting clipped away off the pads by Akmal for a couple. Width on offer again, and this time Akmal doesn't let the ball go; he whacks it up and over cover-point for four. Must easier. Target down to 59 for Pakistan.
Over 25: Lee 0-1-0-4-2-1
109-4 - Got to admire it really. Lee offers the slightest hint of width and Akmal thrashes the ball to the cover boundary. The required rate may be below three an over, but Akmal is keen to ease the nerves and get things sorted well ahead of schedule. Could backfire, but six or seven overs of this will do the trick for Pakistan. A clip off the hip brings Akmal two more, and he's then able to keep the strike as Lee boots the ball to fine-leg after the batsman defends straight back down the pitch. Just 68 runs needed for Pakistan now.
Over 24: Krejza 1-0-1-0-0-1
101-4 - Umar Akmal decides an ugly slog-sweep is the order of the day. It's an interesting choice, but it earns him a single as the ball somehow finds its way to deep midwicket all along the ground. As the umpire tries to work out why on earth someone would play that shot, he absent-mindedly forgets to give a wide for a ball that spins six inches down the legside.
Over 23: Lee 1-0-1-W-W-0
98-4 WICKET! Could this be the start of that self-destruction? Appalling batting from Younus who tamely wafts his bat at a Lee long-hop that deserved the full treatment. A healthy edge gives Haddin an easy catch and Australia renewed hope. Lee the man to strike again, albeit with more than a little assistance from the batsman. Misbah is the new batsman. WICKET! And he's gone first ball! Fine delivery from Lee this time and Misbah can only feather it into Haddin's gloves. The keeper was slow to appeal but everyone else knew and the edge was clear. Umar Akmal survives the hat-trick ball, but the game is very much back on.
- 19th Mar 2011
- Colombo RPS
- M Erasmus and A L Hill
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Akmal||lbw b Lee||23|
|Shafiq||c Watson b Johnson||46|
|Khan||c Haddin b Lee||31|
|Misbah-ul-Haq||c Haddin b Lee||0|
|Afridi||c Lee b Krejza||2|
|Extras||4w, 2b, 1lb||7|
|Total||Close, 41.0 Overs||178 - 6|