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Pak trounce Aus to seal semis berth

Pak trounce Aus to seal semis berth
Pakistan moved into the semifinal of ICC World Twenty20 as they routed Australia by 32 runs in their final Super Eights tie at R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday. Despite defeating South Africa in the second match of the evening, India’s poor net run rate cost them a place in the last four stage.

Put in to bat, Pakistan made 149/6 in their allotted 20 overs with young middle-order batsman Naser Jamshed [55] scoring his second half-century of the tournament, the first one [56] coming against New Zealand on September 23. Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal [32] provided good support to Jamshed after the Asian giants were reduced to 29/2 in the sixth over, with Imran Nazir [14] holing out to Aussie skipper George Bailey off Shane Watson.

Australia kept taking wickets at regular intervals which kept the Pakistani run rate in check, limiting them to a sub-150 score. All-rounder Abdul Razzaq [22] played a small cameo in the end to push the Pakistani score. Mitchell Starc starred with the ball, clinching three wickets in his four overs, giving away only 20 runs. Pat Cummins and Xavier Doherty also chipped in with a wicket each.

With 150 to chase at a run rate of 7.5 per over, Australia started poorly, losing both openers for eight. Man-in-form Watson and David Warner were both trapped in front of the wicket by the fifth over. Australia could never recover from there and lost wickets at regular intervals. Pakistani spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan and Mohammed Hafeez wreaked havoc upon the Australian top order, together taking all seven wickets to restrict Australia to 117/7.

Michael Hussey [54 not out] was the only batsman who tried to propel the Aussie innings, but he didn’t get much support from the other end. With Tuesday’s victory, Pakistan improved their head-to-head in T20Is against Australia to 7-4.
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