Australia into World T20 semis despite defeat to Pakistan

Pakistan thrashed Australia by 32 runs in their World Twenty20 Super Eights clash to keep their hopes of a semi-final spot alive, while George Bailey’s side progressed through.

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Pakistan celebrate at the World Twenty20 (Reuters)

It was a chastening defeat for Australia, who could only muster a sluggish 117 for seven from their 20 overs as Mike Hussey scored 54 not out in a single-handed resistance after Pakistan had posted 149 for six.

Pakistan’s spinners excelled with the inspirational Saeed Ajmal recording figures of three for 17 from his four overs, while Raza Hasan and Mohammad Hafeez also weighed in with two wickets apiece.

South Africa crashed out of the competition as a result, and were left to face up to another hugely disappointing exit, along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India, as both sides were unable to progress from Group 2.

Captain Hafeez fell early for just four after Australia had elected to bowl first, after being trapped lbw by seamer Mitchell Starc, who starred with three for 20 from his four overs.

Fellow opener Imran Nazir could only add 14, but number three Nasir Jamshed steadied his side with a brilliant 55 off 46 balls.

Kamran Akmal batted at number four and contributed 32 off 26 balls in partnership with Jamshed as the pair consolidated to good effect as Australia were left frustrated by the stand.

Abdul Razzaq returned to the Pakistan side for the match, and he plundered 22 runs with a towering six, while the lower order weighed in with quick runs to end the innings.

Australia’s formidable opening partnership did not produce with both David Warner and the in-form Shane Watson out for just eight, and it set the tone for a dismal response from their side.

Captain George Bailey scored a shaky 15 and Cameron White added 12 runs, but the middle order folded with Glen Maxwell only managing four runs as Pakistan’s spinners turned the screw.

The lone figure of resistance was Hussey, who was left unbeaten having come in at number three, as he watched wickets repeatedly fall at the other end.

Hussey was left with a half-century to his name without any real support as Pakistan secured a comprehensive victory by 32 runs.

It was a tame and disappointing effort from Australia, who progressed having passed 112 – the figure they required having already recorded two victories in Group 2.

Australia top the group despite their defeat, and will next face West Indies in the last four, while India's one-run victory over South Africa later in the day ensured that Pakistan also secured a semi-final berth against hosts Sri Lanka.

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