The in-form Pakistani team went into their game against India as one of the favourites to win the World T20; they have come out of it with the possibility of now being knocked out. Can they hold their nerve to beat Australia in Colombo today?
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Pakistan win, South Africa knocked out! Australia have qualified, but Pakistan will only qualify if the Proteas beat India. Australia manage 117/7 in their 20 overs chasing 150. Hussey remains not out after giving Pakistan a 2010-like scare for a moment, great bowling by the Pakistani spinners. Raza Hasan 4-14-2, Saeed Ajmal 4-17-3 and Mohammad Hafeez 4-22-2 the pick of the bowlers. Hafeez's men will now head back to their hotel and keep a close eye on the match that follows, they will be hoping South Africa finally register a win in the Super Eights. Raza Hasan declared man of the match.
BOUNDARY - Hussey cuts the first delivery from Gul for a four through point, brings up his 50 and Australia qualify for the semis. 35 from 4 balls.
WICKET - Ajmal bowls the penultimate over! 4 from first four deliveries and a wicket off the fifth. Wade clean bowled trying a paddle sweep. Cummins comes and goes, LBW first ball to Ajmal! Hogg, Doherty and Starc to come.
Gul comes on in the 18th over. His first delivery is a perfect yorker that missed Hussey's off stump! Great over by Gul, only four from it, perfect length!
BOUNDARY - Afridi fires a fast one, it takes Hussey's legs on its way to the boundary! 49 off 18.
BOUNDARY - Hussey lofts Afridi to a four towards long on. Gul still unused!
BOUNDARY - Wade sweeps Ajmal powerfully for four! Pakistani fans must be thinking 2010 World T20 with Hussey still at the crease. 90/5 in 16. 60 off 24 balls.
BOUNDARY - Four and a six! Hussey getting into the grove, picks Malik on the leg side for 10 off his last two deliveries. 14 off the over.
Five runs and a wicket from that Hasan over. Wade and Hussey at the crease, Pakistan traditionally struggle against lefties, so Ajmal must be utilised now. Australia 68/4 in 14.
WICKET - Maxwell dances down the wicket and edge Hasan to point where Malik takes a simple catch! Australia 5 down now.
Only five from that Afridi over. Australia 63/4 in 13. Ajmal has two while Hasan has one left.
WICKET - White attempts another one, gets the bottom of the bat and the skier is taken by Imran Nazir on the long on boundary!
BOUNDARY - SIX! White finally gets one in the middle for a long time. He will look to kick on from here, Hafeez was too short on that occasion.
Three runs from that Hasan over, Australia 48/3 in 11. When will Umar Gul come on and will Razzaq get a bowl? Hafeez to bowl now.
Two appeals in two balls, and Ajmal finally gets on in his favour! Bailey attempted a slog-sweep but the ball just did not arrive. Cameron White and Glenn Maxwell to follow. White and Hussey negotiate, Pakistan fans would like to see Hafeez persist with Ajmal. Hasan to bowl from the other end.
BOUNDARY - SIX! Bailey picks Afrid's googly and slams it over long on for a huge six! Time to bring on Ajmal?
Hafeez should have persisted with Ajmal, but Shoaib Malik has been brought on, his first bowl in the tournament. Only five runs conceded from that over, not a bad start. Afridi to continue from the other end.
BOUNDARY - Afridi is too short and too wide, Bailey guides him through point for four! Afridi looks out of sorts here.
Ajmal into the attack, will he get Michael Hussey?
WICKET - Hafeez gets Warner this time! Another attempted sweep gone wrong! 19/2 in 5 overs.
WICKET - The umpire gives it this time, Hasan traps Watson in front who attempted to sweep. Watson, for the first time in the World T20, gets dismissed without making a significant contribution.
Warner survives a LBW shot on Hafeez's last delivery, replays show it would have hit leg stump! On the evidence of that Ajmal should be brought on early.