Australia beat Pakistan to reach semi-finals

Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 23:33 [IST]
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Australia beat Pakistan to reach semis

Centurion: Pakistan tried in vain to save India in Champions Trophy but they could not deny Australia a thrilling last-ball victory that ensured Oz progression to semis.

Chasing Pakistan's modest target of 206, Australians were cruising at 140-2 at one stage, but they lost six wickets for just 47 runs and were reduced to 187 /8.

Scorecard-Australia vs Pakistan

But Brett Lee and and Nathan Hauritz played sensibly guided Australia to a two-wicket win that secured them place in the semi final spot. Four runs were required from the final over and singles from the second, fourth fifth and final ball took Australia past the target.

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Australia's win also sealed India's elimination from the Champions Trophy as India required Pakistan to beat Ponting's side.

Indian fans were disappointed, but Pakistanis can be proud of their effort, and have gone down fighting.

Earlier some disciplined seam bowling helped Australia to restrict Pakistan to just 205 for six in their allotted fifty overs.

Pakistan openers got off to a solid start , but Johnson's stike off his very first ball sent back Afridi (15) just when he was looking dangerous.

Hopes and Watson maintained the pressure at both ends, picking up the prized scalps of Younis and Malik.From then on Pakistan were always playing catch up and never really got a move on. Misbah and Yousuf tried their best to steady the innings but were unable to provide the final push, for them to get to a good total. Mohammed Yousuf top scored Pakistan innings with 69 runs while Misbah scored 41 runs.

For Australia, Mitchell Johnson (2-45) and Shane Watson (2-32) took two wickets each while Michael Hussey top scored with 64 runs.

Mike Hussey is the Man of the match for his match winning half century.

Australia will play England in the first semi at Centurion on Friday. Pakistan play New Zealand in Johannesburg on Saturday in the second semi-final.


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