October 3, 2012
ICC World Twenty20, Colombo
Pakistan 149-6 (20 overs) beat Australia 117-7 (20 overs) by 32 runs
Pakistan beat Australia by 32 runs in Colombo yesterday meaning both sides qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.
Despite India beating South Africa by 1 run in the following match on the same ground, it wasn’t enough for India to progress through as they had an inferior run-rate in the super eights to that of Austrlaia and Pakistan.
Batting first, Pakistan got off to a slow start against the in-form Australians, but managed to post a competitive 149-6 from their 20 overs. This was largely thanks to 55 from the left handed Nasir Jamshed.
The Australian reply was all about the Pakistani spinners. Saeed Ajmal claimed 3-17 and both Mohammad Hafeez and Hasan Raza took 2 wickets as Australia fell 32 runs short of their target. However, Australia and their batsmen had one eye on a total of 112 knowing that would be enough to qualify as they finished on 117-7.
Mike Hussey played a pivotal innings making 54 not out from 47 balls and was the only batsman to look comfortable on what was a turning surface.
Australia now face the West Indies, and Pakistan take on the hosts Sri Lanka in the semi-finals. Both matches will take place in Colombo.
The Scoop 03/10/12