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Pakistan qualify for semis on net run rate

Published Oct 02, 2012 02:21pm


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Michael Hussey of Australia punches the air in celebration after he hit a boundary in the last over that brought up his half-century and a semi-final berth for his team. – Photo by AP

South Africa reached 122 for five in the 17th over in pursuit of the 153 required for victory against India, sending Pakistan into the last four on better net run rate along with Australia.

Sri Lanka will play Pakistan and Australia face West Indies in the semi-finals.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan handed a shock 32-run loss to Australia, who qualified regardless on net run-rate.


Pakistan made 149-6 after being sent in to bat in the group two Super Eights match at the Premadasa stadium, before a five-man spin attack restricted Australia to 117-7.

Prolific spinner Saeed Ajmal claimed 3-17, but it was 20-year-old Raza Hasan who was declared man of the match for conceding just 14 runs and taking two wickets in four overs of steady left-arm spin.

Both teams ended the Super Eights on four points each, which knocked winless South Africa out of the tournament.

“I am grateful to see the effort put up by the boys today,” said Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez.

“It was a big game for us and we needed to be at our best against a side like Australia.

“Once we got a good total, we knew we will do well because there was going to be help for the bowlers. Raza Hasan was brilliant, a great find for us.”

Australia advanced to the semi-finals despite the defeat due to having the best net run-rate in the group. The result left India needing an emphatic win over South Africa later on Tuesday to stop Pakistan's progress.

Sri Lanka and the West Indies have already qualified from group one.

Australia, who have never won the World Twenty20 despite taking four World Cup titles in the 50-over game, had breezed through four consecutive matches in the tournament before being halted by Pakistan.

“Pakistan outplayed us,” Australian captain George Bailey admitted.

“The ball turned a lot more than before and they used spin against us very well.

“The challenge for us now will be to get the winning form back in the semis.”

Veteran Mike Hussey was Australia's mainstay with an unbeaten 54 off 47 balls, as none of the other batsmen managed to cross 15 against the rampaging spinners.

Australia never looked comfortable after their in-form openers, Shane Watson and David Warner, were dismissed by the fifth over with only 19 runs on the board.

Australia, who needed to make 112 or more to qualify, achieved the target when Hussey cut seamer Umar Gul to the fence off the first ball of the final over.

Gul's two overs at the end were the only ones by a seamer as the spinners shared 18 overs between themselves.

Pakistan's innings revolved around left-hander Nasir Jamshed's 55 off 46 balls, which contained four boundaries and two sixes.

After the openers were removed by the sixth over, Jamshed put on 79 off 55 balls for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal, who made 32 before both batsmen were dismissed in the space of three deliveries.

Abdul Razzaq marked his return to the side in place of Yasir Arafat to make 22 from 17 balls. Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 3-20 for Australia.


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cricket supporter Oct 02, 2012 05:58pm
I wont deny credit to Paki bowling though however I still cant believe Aussie lost so badly. Of course Aussie knew the calculations before hand and so wanted to ensure that they loose with amargin big enough to make it tough for India. They knew if India progresses ahead, it will be invincible. If they wanted they could have lost with 5 or 10 runs but they had a plan in mind.
Karthik Oct 03, 2012 08:59am
My Friend: if you read closely, a lot of Indians have written very positive about Pakistan. Try looking at the positive aspects. Remember, in life, if you want to find something positive, u will always find it no matter what. If you want to find something negative, you will find it no matter what!. Everything is a state of the mind!!. Enjoy the World Cup, Pakistan played brilliantly and are capable of lifting the world cup.
Kiterunner5 Oct 02, 2012 06:24pm
If I had the authority, I would tell Afridi to go home and rest for the rest of his life. These shameless creatures do not leave cricket because they can't do anything else.
Umar Oct 02, 2012 03:34pm
Politic. If Afridi / Shoaib Malik in team. Razzaq can't any chance, because his bater then everyone.
Django Oct 02, 2012 07:53pm
for those flaunting the india's win over Pakistan: check the history. Boss for your kind information Pakistan is taking the lead in all formats except T20. so don't say that Pakistan or Australia were scared.
observer Oct 02, 2012 03:46pm
I love your spelling. Go get some elementary education angry young man of today's Pakistan. Better read Urdu newspapers. Spare poor Dawn if you will.
bayat Oct 02, 2012 05:49pm
Well .. good performance by the Hafiz team and hope they continue their breeze to the final and won it
Sijjee Oct 02, 2012 05:50pm
And you despite your education lack proper etiquette.
sali Oct 02, 2012 06:17pm
To anyone here claiming that Aussies were afraid of India and that's why they lost, they should go back and look at the India vs AUS match again. They rather not play Pakistan who beat them 3 out of 4 last games.
waqaas jamil Oct 02, 2012 03:13pm
I guess he is not Dhoni! He is better than him! :)
Rao Oct 02, 2012 06:15pm
All of a sudden Dawn looks like a Pakistani newspaper again, don't see too many Indians replying to this page?
observer Oct 02, 2012 03:45pm
Pakistan team needs to realize that cricket is more about batting. Good bowling attack and good fielding are excellent support roles but cricket revolves around batting. Of the three activities, batting is more brain work too. Whoever is made chief of Cricket Board of whatever body should stop bragging about short term gains and chalk out a plan for improvement in batting of Pakistan team. Just saying that someone was a diplomat or an industry person, etc. is not wise. Grow up. Learn what leadership is.
kirtherSG Oct 02, 2012 03:33pm
Well played and greetings to Raza for excellent bowling performance, Pakistan now have to give chance to upcoming fast bowler because the existing lot except for Gul are useless and he is also not getting any younger.
Kashif Oct 02, 2012 03:22pm
Pakistan must consider merit in terms of players selection. Many of the current team members are out of form for ages. We take pride of having experties in Cricket but these guys are just killing our emotions.
Jay Oct 02, 2012 05:54pm
I am Indian fan. I feel sad when our team could not qualify for semi final. But I saw Pakistan fans were celebrating in stadium like they defeated India or they stopped India from coming into semi final. They have to understand Australia was scared of India this is why they played dirty game. Pakistan anyway is going home in next match. Anyway good luck.
javeria Oct 02, 2012 05:54pm
it was just brilliant performance given by pakistan n i think luck did matter alot so we r in semis well we will see u there.wish u good luck pakistani team:)
Tahir Oct 02, 2012 06:09pm
Radical proposition but drop gull n play another batsmen we bowl afridi ajmal razz malice n hafeez, premadasa slow n will turn
RazzakFan Oct 02, 2012 06:09pm
Look what a difference it makes by selecting Razzak for this game. He scored 22 valuable runs when needed in death overs. Imagine if Yasir would be playing and scored only 2 or 3 runs.
Zahid Oct 02, 2012 04:56pm
Afridi body language has completely changed. as if he is untachable. This is not going to take him any where but ruined his performance.
Ashraf Bugti Oct 02, 2012 08:24pm
I think Pak team played well especially the bowlers and fielding so if their batting gets better in semi against SL than it could be final inshallah against the Aussies again. So keep up the good work and may Allah (SWT)be with Pak team players ameen. They brought joy to nation so thank Allah(SWT). Keep up good work Nasir and Raza.
atif Oct 02, 2012 06:18pm
scared of india ? surprised you are saying that even after the result you received at the hands of the aussies ?
hamza Oct 02, 2012 06:20pm
Dnt talk like loser's mate, feel PROUD PAKISTAN IN SEMIFANIL FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TIME. dnt forget Australia beat india in last, how come they scared of them ...hehe. If u understand cricket then listen , track was not easy at if Australia go for 150 with 5 down they might not get 112, risk involve in it. Your team played well cheers up. do support pakistan in semi if u have courage to do so :P
sherlock Oct 03, 2012 09:05am
agree with jay completely aus and pak going back to their den in sf wi vs sl final all the way
Abdul Wahab Oct 03, 2012 09:06am
Thanks my dear for the encouragement. Its extremely invaluable.
atif Oct 02, 2012 06:21pm
where is that coming from ? we have made the semi finals of every t20 world cup and are the proud holder of the cup in 2009. If anything, we are probably the most consistent team in the world cup and for our arch rival (india) they have not even gone to the semi final stage since 2007. So much for having a strong betting side ?
Jay Oct 02, 2012 07:06pm
Do you know decent language to talk? Or you speak same language at your home?
Aejaz Oct 02, 2012 08:09pm
Razaq has been consistently good, he always manages to deliver the goods.
Jay Oct 02, 2012 07:00pm
I don't understand why Australian batsmen were getting out lbw. Was it because of a fear if they try to get out with catches, Pakistan fielders will not be able to catch the catches? He he.
dfgsdg Oct 02, 2012 07:00pm
did you guys supported India in last match?
Abdul Wahab Oct 03, 2012 08:55am
Thank you very much for your nice wishes which made the day.
Munir from Sacramento usa Oct 02, 2012 06:59pm
Good luck for Pakistan,but luck does not smile all the times. Our players wiill have to show all round improvement to win the final.We hope they possess the necessary capabilities.
Redy Oct 02, 2012 06:49pm
Both Ajmal & Raza are anything but bellow ordinary bowlers.
Azhar Oct 03, 2012 07:14am
Inshallah! App ki dua sae. We will. Thanks for the positive and a great attitude. Thanks brother Singh for good wishes. We should all take the game as a game only. Many sensible Indians praise Pakistan over victory but some.........
Redy Oct 02, 2012 06:51pm
You guys are in the SF because of pure luck.
John Stephen Oct 02, 2012 08:11pm
India had their fate in their own hands, not in Australia's. Also, we Aussies don't scare from any team - on most days Australia will beat. Having said that, the T20 game is such, that any team will win on their day.
pakone Oct 02, 2012 08:15pm
LOL- keep in mind that Pakistan destroyed India with a six very easily 2 weeks ago in a "warm up" match when that means nothing when it comes to a Pak India game - it was a real match. We won one, you won one. So much for your IPL! You are going home, we are going to the semis.
Kiterunner5 Oct 02, 2012 06:26pm
These buddhas won't leave cricket. Why they don't retire with grace because they don't know and can't do anything else.
Abdul Wahab Oct 03, 2012 02:00pm
Beside the nice factual representation by Dawn, I would like to thank on one hand Times Of India for depicting the match facts so magnificently which gave a vivid description of the way Pak bowlers outclassed Aussies and on the other, all praise for Indian friends for appreciating Pakistani team's brilliant performance and wishing them best of luck for upcoming matches. Hats off to all of you who have expressed best of gestures. That also shows how both sides on the border, people love each other. Though feeling sad for India but would like to wish them best of luck for next events. They did a wonderful job and earned my support throughout because of their consistent performance.
Redy Oct 02, 2012 06:55pm
Yes, i was since i am a Christian from PAK !
Aley Mirza Oct 02, 2012 06:54pm
I laugh at the claims that Australia, being afraid of India, delibrately lost with a big margin just to oust India from the semi final! Look at the history. Pakistan won more limited over matches against Australia. What about South Africa? They also made sure to reach 122 runs against India just to advance Pakistan?
Umar Oct 03, 2012 02:02pm
But we did yesterday.
liaquat Oct 02, 2012 04:39pm
I 100% agree, Razzak is far better as an allrounder than Afridi and Malik. Razzak uses commonsense and plays according the match condition where as both Afridi and Malik lack this quality. Tell us how many times Afridi hit out on first ball without analyzing the need to stay,read the line and lengthof the ball hit the ball on merit. How much he will be afforded.
shah g Oct 02, 2012 06:27pm
Pak should to put serious efforts to upgrade their fielding,batting and keeping.It was a glorious victory but for semis we need to improve alot.BEST WiSHES FOR SEMIS:D
Impala Oct 02, 2012 06:30pm
Razzak is past his useful life on the field.
Imran Quraishi Oct 02, 2012 07:57pm
Abdul Razzaq played today and Pakistan won. Has he played against India we would have defeated them big time. Shame on Hafeez for not playing him and utilizing Razzaq's experience in other matches. Razzaq is a match winner and on the other hand Yasir Arafat is a club level cricketer with no class in bowling or batting. He is only in the team because of Hafeez . I hope this creature by the name of Arafat would leave us for good and not make a comeback in the next game.
Karim Oct 02, 2012 06:45pm
Mubarak to Pakistanis, good news in bleak times. Inshallah Pakistan will win T20 World Cup!
Irfan Oct 02, 2012 07:53pm
what hasppened in world cup if the team was "consistent"? Is Pak team only aim for semi-finals or aim for the cup? Bating needs improvement, pure and simple. Like the rest of the nation, please learn to accept constructive advice.
A.J.Siddiqui Oct 02, 2012 10:38pm
I completely disagree with you. Afridi is a player for Final and Semi-final, he is just practicing right now for the grand Final.
observer Oct 02, 2012 03:48pm
Pakistan has been fortunate with pace bowlers. Even a few have been disqualified, Pakistan manages to be bestowed with pace. It is a matter of confidence and excellence. However, better traditions in batting need to be set.
Azhar Oct 03, 2012 07:18am
Very sensible and I honor you for that.........
Atique Oct 02, 2012 10:15pm
Aussies are a true professional by nature and to suggest they approached match against Pakistan in a negative manner is not right or fair on them. India deserved to go further but sadly some you win and some you loose. Hafeez is not performing either as a captain or batsman, will selector be bold and wise enough to drop him in the semi against SL.
Fozz Emad Oct 02, 2012 04:06pm
What a shame. We cant think like a nation. This is evident in our government our politics our sports and our culture.
Ammar Oct 02, 2012 05:40pm
well said. We need to give a new pace bowler a chance - there are so many
Maryam Naseer Oct 03, 2012 07:53am
Thankyou Brother, loved your attitude.
JAVED Oct 02, 2012 10:32pm
every thing is fair in love and war
Fozz Emad Oct 02, 2012 02:28pm
I dont understand what has Hafeez got against Razzaq. He is never asked to bowl. He is never selected in the side, even though he performs well. He was never asked to bowl against Australia in UAE except for the crunch last over, and the match went into the superover. Hafeez please think like a man of action- act like a man of thought. Atleast this is how India's MS Dhoni does.
Yousafzai Oct 02, 2012 05:35pm
Dude? whats your problem ? English is none of Pakistani languages and Pakistanis shouldn't be bothered if they make mistakes, grammatical, spelling whatever. You want to be proud of your English language skills, be my guest but don't ram it down others' throats.
Atique Oct 02, 2012 10:22pm
I am sorry to say Hafeez is not the right choice to lead Pakistan in Twenty20 format.
Umar Oct 03, 2012 04:19pm
We will do it soon(inshah-allah)
Rao Oct 03, 2012 04:18pm
Pakistan did qualify on merit, India already knew what exactly they need to achieve to go through and hit the 'merit', but they failed. India had a clear advantage there. Pakistan almost kicked Australia out of first spot in group, just missed it.
Umar Oct 03, 2012 04:16pm
Nusrat: Excelent
Umar Oct 03, 2012 04:07pm
Final should be Pak and WI. (Inshah-allah)
Rao Oct 03, 2012 03:59pm
Dude, Pakistan has beaten Australia more miserably last month in Dubai in T20, get over it now. Pak vs. Aus and Ind vs. SA were actually between India and Pakistan, it's just that their opponents were different and both India and Pakistan were running for the race of Semis, Pakistan has won this race. In your face!
anony Oct 02, 2012 07:24pm
Living with wishful thinking, 'cricket supporter'?
Umar Oct 03, 2012 03:34pm
Non your business. He has a ability then his in team.
a khan Oct 02, 2012 08:43pm
good to see razzaq back in the side he should have played every game. his 22 valuable runs played a big part in the winning, keep him in the middle order in the semis and if they play the final as well.
Umar Oct 03, 2012 01:50pm
Very Good
Capt C M Khan Oct 02, 2012 08:47pm
Don't talk rubbish...If India was so good they would have qualified.
umar Oct 02, 2012 09:17pm
Agree and thanks.
James Oct 03, 2012 01:08pm
When India beat Pakistan,everyone including the BCCI were part of the conspiracy.Indians are just giving you the same treatment. Ridiculous isnt it
James Oct 03, 2012 01:02pm
What is the lead when playing against India in all formats of the world cup
Indian Oct 02, 2012 06:35pm
Australia will want to play the west Indies they consider easiest, its strange the way they lost today and specially to get themselves in first the total was not that big
Morad 786 Oct 03, 2012 12:46pm
Hussey was great as usual! Pakistan showed their good side today! Fans and Spectators are totally at sea with how PAK fluctuates from the GOOD (Pak v Aus) , to BAD (Pak v SA) and to UGLY (Pak v IND)
saad Oct 02, 2012 08:49pm
YES,Aus got the superior run rate because of nine wicket victory against india.. and Pakistan beat that same AUS... same watson and warner were able to make only 8 each
anony Oct 02, 2012 07:23pm
Right on, LOL
Israr Oct 02, 2012 07:19pm
Show Afridi videos of 2009 WT20 and send him number is Sri Lanka after all.....
innohunter Oct 03, 2012 11:38am
Pakistan Zindabad
Anujah Maria Oct 03, 2012 11:36am
Congrats Pak Team! Praying for your victory in the semis. Play well & win the cup. God bless you Hafeez and the team.
Redy Oct 03, 2012 02:10pm
Nope, that would be the job of PCB to initiate a inquiry pertaining to PAK's loss to IND.
Azhar Oct 03, 2012 07:15am
thanks bro! thanks!
Azhar Oct 03, 2012 07:09am
What a positive attitude. Thanks!
Indian-Delhi Oct 03, 2012 02:50pm
Gud luk team pakistan for well.
Azhar Oct 03, 2012 06:50am
Adding salt to injury : The familiar batting woes came back to haunt the Indian women`s cricket team as it lost by a run against arch-rivals Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller to finish win less in ICC World Twenty 20`s Group stage.
zia khan Oct 02, 2012 07:01pm
We call it wishful thinking.
Sudhir Oct 03, 2012 06:44am
Although sad that India could not qualify, Happy for Pakistan.... go ahead and win the World-cup :)
Muhammad Asif Oct 03, 2012 06:40am
This isn't Dawn's spelling bee competition. Behave like a (gentle)man, being which, is the real objective of schooling.
Muhammad Asif Oct 03, 2012 06:31am
so BCCI should go to ICC and dictate it to initiate an inquiry into aus defeat.
Muhammad Asif Oct 03, 2012 06:26am
@Neo: Sore grapes :). It was team india relying so much on Pak-Aus match result. Listen what dhoni had to say in the post match presentation. "We can't control what other teams are doing".
Muhammad Asif Oct 03, 2012 06:22am
The sore grapes :). Could you imagine SA dropping so much of indian? hadn't this been the case, you'd be out not on NRR but on points.
Shankar Oct 03, 2012 05:56am
Afridi is the guy who will help you beat Sri Lanka in the finals, mark my word!
Virat Oct 03, 2012 05:55am
Pakistan will beat Australia anyday but to beat them by 32 runs means that Australia is a baby team. Sri Lanka will now easily win the WC, they are the best team in the 4 teams which made it to the semi finals.
Shankar Oct 03, 2012 05:54am
Once the Ausie openers failed, I knew the game was over for them. Pakistani spinners were superb. I hope they go and win the cup, then we Indians can say that we are the only ones who can beat the champs.
Shankar Oct 03, 2012 05:48am
Congrats Pakistan! Go ahead and win the cup!
Raw Agent Oct 03, 2012 05:50am
Ironically 3 out of four innings scores reached close to 150..!! Wonder what happened with Aussies...
A.J.Siddiqui Oct 03, 2012 05:45am
You made a remarkable point. But the credit you awarded to India for 'allowing Pakistan' to play in Indian Premiere League(IPL) is completely unwarranted. The IPL is NOT India's domestic cricket, but rather an international event, licensed by International Cricket Council for international participation. It is very unfortunate of India that still mirred in a culture of outcasting others as untouchables.
roomi Oct 03, 2012 08:00am
thanks bro!
SJay Oct 03, 2012 05:31am
Didn't they already beat the hell out of you in the earlier match? You still dreaming
SJay Oct 03, 2012 05:30am
SJay Oct 03, 2012 05:29am
Once a pessimist, always a pessimist
SJay Oct 03, 2012 05:21am
Such comments are always observed when one rival team wins over the other. Why bother??
SJay Oct 03, 2012 05:18am
Doesn't really matter ... we beat aussies and your team must be already boarding ... go do something better to calm yourself. Don't come here to spit venom
Umar Oct 03, 2012 03:18pm
anony Oct 02, 2012 07:27pm
An indian supporter I believe you are? Afridi cannot be dropped simply cause 'if' he clicks, he can win matches single-handedly just like Razzaq. And in Y20, thats all what matters.
BEA Oct 02, 2012 06:39pm
Good luck just make Pakistan Proud,
Silajit Oct 02, 2012 06:29pm
Congratulations to Pakistan for making it into the semis by beating Australia. Credit must be given where due. Having said that, Australia's loss is suspicious and I hope it is looked into.
Tushar Joshi Oct 03, 2012 04:15am
Don't balm the Aussie.. We should have won every game.
Syed S. Ali Oct 03, 2012 04:08am
Alas...what a shameless comment for one of world's greatest his own right!! Why is it that it is almost always our own (Pakistanis) who'd make such awful & senseless comments. Pl for God's sake have your head examined, for a fair & unbiased judgement/comment about truly a great cricketer.
Impala Oct 02, 2012 06:28pm
Thank you for the luck. Pakistan might gone home next game BUT still ahead of your team!
Umar Oct 03, 2012 03:15pm
If your are Pakistani cap then you can do it.
Shafi Oct 03, 2012 04:01am
IPL Zindabad; Thanks for not offering our players in IPL tournament.
DeccanHyderabadi Oct 03, 2012 03:49am
Congrats to the Pakistan team ! Must win it all ! Go IndPak Express !!
Bilal Oct 02, 2012 07:37pm
I am with the indians.. They won and were out, not lost and out.. NRR is something difficult to aim for especially in a T20 game.
Vikramaditya Oct 02, 2012 07:38pm
Azam Khan Oct 03, 2012 03:34am
I am sure the boys know how to deals with SriLankans by now the pitch they are going to be in and the type of bowlers they are going to use and the batting line up they are going to put up for the show. It is not new for them to tackle this eventful task.I am sure everything will work out well for Pakistan their determination and winning combination will certainly come out successful all the way best of luck for Thursday the 4th October Pakistan!
Farhan Oct 03, 2012 03:06am you made my day
hyat Oct 03, 2012 03:06am
dont lose hope.We will win inShaAllah.
hyat Oct 03, 2012 03:07am
thanks bro.
m.johri Oct 03, 2012 02:55am
Non sense,for sure you are a narrow minded person, of course many people believe man never landed on moon .If you too believe that then you are right!!!!!!!
Rizman Oct 03, 2012 02:52am
@ nrk very well said man lol................
Devil Oct 03, 2012 03:13pm
you still sulking !! ain't you ? look at some of the positive comments by Indians and learn a bit bro !
Salman Oct 03, 2012 02:49am
Observer is obsessed with English ... let him live guys....
Rehan Oct 03, 2012 02:31am
Pak will find it tough against Lanka. Good run will end here.
suman Oct 03, 2012 02:26am
i strongly belief Pakistan cricket team is really one of the toughest contender, if really Aussies are greet them the semis birth then they made a blinder mistake . because a team who qualify 4 times in wt20 is not only a strong side its a toughest side to beat .. and i m sure that if Pakistan and Australia meet in the final again then Pakistan just crushed them .. may be Aussies can't able to reach 100 runs marks on their innings .... any ways first time in this platform ..... sorry if any mistake ..
Azam Khan Oct 03, 2012 02:25am
Yes, Pakistan deserve to win good combination and definately good approach as a team to strike back!
Asif Bhatti Oct 03, 2012 11:22am
thanks yar. I just went to times of india to wish indians but came back heart broken. Still I do appreciate your support. I am a very big fan of India and Indian team.
observer Oct 03, 2012 02:13am
Mr Atif, Please take someone's help in getting Urdu translation of what I wrote. I am talking about long term if you have a sense of time. Are you saying you are proud of Pakistani batting? Get some training in IQ. Get some de-training in emotions.
Syed A Imam Oct 03, 2012 02:04am
just imagine the comments of Indian skeeper, he didn't had the guts to praise Pakistani team for getting into semis by sheer hard work and not only by luck. all three teams won two matches each but it was some thing else which mattered,that might have come through brain? Indian must not forget that when play was stopped due to rain in Aus/india clash, what was the SCORE? I was hoping that Australian will complete their win with in 14/15 overs. So rain infact saved indian from getting into......Getting into semies is not a NEW for great PAKISTAN. TUM JEET KER BHI HARAIE HUM HAR KER BHI JEETAE... TAKE CARE, no doubt you also played good game and won by only one run from South Africa, BUT IT IS WHO PLAYED BETTER IN THE END...............
True Indian Oct 03, 2012 01:59am
Pakistan won the match against Australia coz Australia never wanted to face Sri Lanka....everyone could see how Australians were playing...they simply were not trying at all...So while Pakistanis can jump as much as they want, the fact remains that India defeated Pak badly.
liaquat Oct 03, 2012 01:49am
Agreed, for semi final work out a winning game plan. Add one more specialist batsman to add runs to the total for lankans to chase. Saeed Ajmal Hafeez and Raza good enough for spin attack and 2 seamers with razzak to fill any required overs can ably take the resposibilty. Magic word is, one more batsman to score runs to chase. Wishing our players best of luck
Syed Oct 03, 2012 01:43am
Why should he retire? He is doing a a very good impression of Tendulkar.
Varun Oct 03, 2012 01:36am
Well I hope Pakistan will win Next match. The way you make stories" Pakistan loose in world cup 2011 just because there was a match fixing" then every Indians have right to say that Australia played dirty politics so that India out from Semis. For sure you will see that Pakistan will out from Semis in the next match. it's my word to you.
satinder singh Oct 03, 2012 01:36am
Pakistan- in the next greatest game,keep your moral high and win this cup.this is the team spirit.keep in mind those great days when imran was captain and also when wasim akram and waqar younis created a great danger in history so,remind those days.
Syed Oct 03, 2012 01:34am
Told ya. I can guarantee a win against Australia, but can'y say anything about the others. I am still at a loss, why India lost to the minnows of the super eight?
Nusrat Oct 03, 2012 01:19am
Pakistan will meet Sri Lanka on Thursday in semi final. Australia will meet Windies on Friday in semis. India will meet South Africa tonight at the airport.:) Happy Landings.
JZ Oct 02, 2012 05:34pm
The Ajmal , Raza pair did it. Left and right spin combination is deadly. Watch out SL this can spin you out also. Congrats Raza for the MoM. Ajmal /Raza = Waqar/Wasim
Nadeem Oct 03, 2012 12:54am
Dawn: Please remove this personal attack by observer. Bad manners.
zulfe Oct 03, 2012 12:45am
I don't think they planned to lose.
Krishna Oct 03, 2012 12:43am
Pakistan team will always be welcome to India not only for champions league. People enjoy their performance. IPL -1 must be remembered if anyone misses out. Akram is bowling coach of KKR. As common man we do not know the security issues and other issues. Hope things get back to Normal.
syed Oct 02, 2012 06:52pm
well said:) also drop Shoib and he is no good for pak team....has not done anything for team in recent days...
skeptic Oct 02, 2012 08:05pm
nasir jamshed needs to open instead of imran nazir(who should be dropped),bring asad shafique in the middle order and make gul bowl yorkers for three overs from the 16th onwards
Muhammad Omer Khan Oct 02, 2012 08:03pm
Reading Indian comments shows so much propaganda, so many lies.
akbar Oct 02, 2012 08:04pm
India knew the results of Pak Vs Australia and knew exactly what they have to do to advance even after losing toss they needed a clear target of 31 run victory. They could not get it done. They are great team nonetheless but let us not blame Australia for any conspiracy. The wicket was favoring spinners and let us leave at that.
Krishna Oct 03, 2012 12:35am
I am Indian fan too. Your comment is not in the right spirit. Australia losing on purpose can never happen. Pakistan did what they are good at. Spin and Spin after putting a good score on board. Winning against Aussies is never easy. It is a fact now that Pakistan have an edge against Aussies. If only Pakistan fielders can support their bowlers ALL THE TIME, they will be winning more trophies. Pakistan has natural talent in cricket and hockey and so they are able to reach at least the semis more consistently. So give credit where due.
K Oct 03, 2012 12:29am
That is a ridiculous comment. Australia will never ever be afraid of any team. If it is a Aus vs Pak final, then they will have a plan. Such is the preparation of Aussies. That will be another day and so if Pak reaches final, they still need to work hard if they face Aussies.
Shehla Oct 03, 2012 12:08am
Desi power! Thankyou for that.
impala Oct 02, 2012 11:59pm
Aside from 'not our language' you need to polish up a bit on your grammar Mr. Observer.
impala Oct 02, 2012 11:56pm
Bohot khatey!!
Neptune Srimal Oct 02, 2012 11:39pm
Now that India is out of the tournament, I, along with all Indians, am now a whole-hearted Pakistan supporter. Pakistan is the best team there and should win this time -- they just need to have faith and confidence in themselves.
A.J.Siddiqui Oct 02, 2012 11:35pm
Language is merely a means of communication, nothing more than that . An educated human being is recognized by his humble behaviour and mannerism, and you have certainly exhibited in unequivocal terms. Good luck to you Mr.Educated Observer in your all future endeavours.
Zain Sha Oct 02, 2012 11:18pm
I dont know why you indians are not able to understand this.. Aus had 2 targets.. one to keep their place in Semis and 2nd to win the game.. when they lost early wickets they went for their first target.. India or any other team would've done the same thing.. if you think Aus fear india.. then go and see the result for India vs Aus game in super 8. Had india done a good show in that game this situation wouldn't have come..
Observer Oct 02, 2012 11:16pm
well spotted! I know what you mean :)
Gul Khan Oct 03, 2012 11:06am
Thanks Bro, ur a STAR. Gul Khan UK
Zain Sha Oct 02, 2012 11:12pm
strongly agree.. why everyone always conspire against India.. are they babies..
Zain Sha Oct 02, 2012 11:13pm
"itna sannata kiyon hai bhai" famous dialogue from sholay..
Azam Chowdhry Oct 02, 2012 11:03pm
I do feel sorry for Indian fans because their team missed to qualify for semi finals. I am very proud of Pakistani team for the great job they have done today. Indians should accept the defeat gracefully and go home without blaming Australia. India has a great team and they are capable of beating any team in the world. But so are few other teams including Pakistan. India has to accept the reality. If they have any proof that Australia lost on purpose, then they should present it to ICC and let them decide the future of Australian team.
Neo Oct 02, 2012 06:33pm
there's nothing to reply at mate.. dissappointed we are, however i am sure you would have felt better if pakistan could have qualified on his own merit and didn't had to wait for the india-Sa match.. :) btw i am not being sarcastic here ;)
khalid Oct 02, 2012 06:31pm
Grapes are sour
Abdul Wahab Oct 03, 2012 08:53am
Great. Thanks a lot. Felt sad over India being out.
Manish Oct 02, 2012 07:10pm
Though I am disappointed India didn't make it to the next around, I have to say 4 most deserving teams did. Pakistan certainly deserved to go to the next round after their performance against Australia. And all the talk about Australia losing deliberately sounds like garbage to me. Pakistan has a great bowling attack and they showed it today.
Neo Oct 02, 2012 06:40pm
india played badly against australia and hence we are out... however i saw australia playing today against pakistan and i reckon they could have scored 10-15 runs more once they reached their desired target to qualify.. the 1s and 2s were suprising.. meanwhile, i guess pakistan supporters would have liked had their team would have qualified on its own merit and were not dependant on india-sa game outcome... ;)
shah g Oct 02, 2012 06:31pm
Mr JAY please have a look of previous INDIA and AUSTRALIA match.Fact are clear and infront of all,how you can forget that match.Well its just a game,do not take it on ur nerves,just BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME.:D
Umar Oct 03, 2012 01:52pm
I know only one things India is out. That's Great.
Kiterunner5 Oct 02, 2012 06:22pm
Angoor khatay hain?
Gul Khan Oct 03, 2012 07:32am
Congrats to our team and our nation for winning against Austrilia.plz just play two Viedos in dressing room b4 going on the field. (1)2009 T20 FINAL and (2)DIL DIL PAKISTAN! Long Live PAKISTAN G.Khan UK
Ahsen Oct 02, 2012 09:09pm
Dont be a loser !!! and grow up Aussies aint afraid of india at all.
umar Oct 02, 2012 09:14pm
See how hafeez smarts. We trapped Indian.
pakone Oct 02, 2012 06:13pm
Hafeez did a great job today. Pinning down Australia in a do or die game after a defeat was no simple task. Afridi most probably will retire after this tournament. He has done his job for his country and given us enough pride to put Boom Boom on our t-shirts and bats and the nation calls him Lala :-) That will live on forever.
Rattan(Sydney) Oct 02, 2012 07:06pm
"Jittery Pakistan handed big loss by India" -dawn on this page top left hand side. India still beat Pakistan. i think Pakistanis quite quickly forget what they read yesterday:-) good luck in T20 semis
Vivs Oct 02, 2012 06:48pm
Congrats to Pakistan & sorry for Indian,,, I am an Indian...but now when we are out...would support Pakistan...for T20 worldcup.....Come on Pakistan..
ankit Oct 02, 2012 07:13pm
Congrats India well played.. Haar kar jeetne wale ko hi baazigar kehte hai..
kareem lala Oct 02, 2012 10:57pm
well said!
Imran Hussain Oct 02, 2012 10:56pm
Bro India or any country we should respect each other if pakistan lost it then they will put us bad so learn from bad to good. Everyone has bad day or good day. It is a learning experience.To all indian fans india played good. Well done. At least they allowed pakistan to come to india and start playing cricket game if I am not mistaken for the championship league. Always remember who is with you when bad times. Kisi ki har par hasna nahin chahiya because three fingers will be pointing at you.
A.J.Siddiqui Oct 02, 2012 10:56pm
I agree with you. But one has to do something to push your luck into action. Don't you think so ? Just sitting around and doing nothing, even luck would abandon you.
Abdul Wahab Oct 03, 2012 08:59am
Thats the right sportsman spirit. I really appreciate your large heartedness. Thank you very much and wish best of luck to Indian team in forthcoming contests.
Neo Oct 02, 2012 06:46pm
lol... that was clearly joke of the day... you seem to be carried away mate ;)
athar Oct 02, 2012 10:52pm
Afridi, Sohaib Malik and Umar Gul should be out and Razzak, Asad Shafiq and good fast bowler should get In if Pakistan has to win the matches. Luck will not work always it work only some time. Its a reminder to selection Commitee & Team management that they should select the players purely on merit, if Pakistan has to be on top in cricket otherwise select your own relatives & have a fun infront of the whole world.
Sultan Alvi Oct 02, 2012 10:51pm
nrk you do have a good sense of humor. Gave me a good laugh. Keep it up buddy!
Imran Hussain Oct 02, 2012 10:47pm
I think PCB management through coaches seriously considered what they should do to improve the mentality because if india had qualified then captain and the managment should be blamed they knew that afridi times is gone razzak should play more games and it proved it again today. They should have difference aside and always put pakistan first then their own idea. Time to bring more young blood because they need good opening combination. I am ok with bowling but batting seems to be lacking again and again. Everyone has opinion so nothing again anyone I am not the managment to criticize otherwise it would be a different story. Inshallah I hope that pak do well from no on until they bring the cup to Pakistan where millions of fan want to see some hope what they are facing internally and externally. Make us proud long live pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam zindabad.
Hamid chaudhry Oct 02, 2012 09:32pm
Send Afridi home.. What a pathetic performance by him in the series so far. He may have been great but so was the Mughalia badshahat. Look what happened.
brotherhood Oct 02, 2012 07:31pm
I am an indian, I support pakistan to win the cup.. there will be something to celebrate for your country which has gone thru so much. If it can
Abdul Wahab Oct 03, 2012 08:57am
Thank you very much for your great attitude.
the joker Oct 02, 2012 06:12pm
you are an Indian fan? Mr Sour Grapes, I am shocked!
nrk Oct 02, 2012 06:12pm
Air India ki Colombo se Mumbai janay ki parwaaz Tayar hai..musafiroon se guzarish hai k rona dhona bandh karain or Chup chap jahaz mei baith Jain!!
Farhat Oct 02, 2012 06:10pm
Thats true. Even Dawn have enough problem with English themselves... :))
Rao Oct 02, 2012 06:10pm
Observer, shame on you!!! Is this what your education has taught you? Were you born speaking English? Umar has expressed his opinion and I agree with his point.
WA Oct 02, 2012 06:44pm
lame excuses after shameful defeat by Australia
Kamran Oct 02, 2012 06:07pm
Its just a luck, pak is in semi final not because of Hafeez
Sauron Oct 02, 2012 09:45pm
Congratultions Pakistan and all the best in Semis, but the Heading says it all :"Pakistan qualify for semis on net run rate". Since there is little else to be proud of, do celebrate a semis slot on 'run rate'.
cricket supporter Oct 02, 2012 06:00pm
agreed, but in such big conteste, you cant experiment much n hve to trust ur experienced guys coz u never know...boom boom afridi's one knock can make a difference.
brotherhood Oct 02, 2012 07:30pm
I am an indian, I support pakistan to win the cup.. there will be something to celebrate for your country which has gone thru so much. If it can't be india, its got to get to ex-indians. !!Go pakistan Go!!
nboghani Oct 02, 2012 09:25pm
you can't disgust that even having IPL India cant make it to Simi, stop blaming Aus, India had the chance against SA,
muzammil ullah khan Oct 02, 2012 05:34pm
i think afridi should be rested. he has consistently failed with bat and ball and has outlived his utility for the team. he is a great player and it is now time for him to retire gracefully.
observer Oct 02, 2012 03:52pm
Hafeez is supposed to be the Captain of the team. He is responsible for decisions he makes in the field. He is not a clairvoyant. It is easy to criticize after the fact. Put yourself in his position for a while (in your mind only, please) and see what he (or any Captain) does is taking the best chance. Having said that, please keep in mind that all Captains make minor mistakes all the time and blunders once in a blue moon.
ZZ Oct 02, 2012 05:08pm
well done Raza