Sports: Australia knocks Pakistan out of World T20

(From The Hindu)

Australia on Friday knocked Pakistan out of the ICC World Twenty20 with a convincing 21-run victory, setting up a virtual quarterfinal against hosts India to be played in Mohali on Sunday.

Captain Steven Smith (61 not out off 43) and Shane Watson (44 not out off 21) hammered 74 off the last 38 balls to take Australia to 193 for four.


Australian all-rounder James Faulkner celebrates a Pakistani wicket during the World T20 match in Mohali on Friday.

Pakistani batsmen faltered once again barring a decent effort from Khalid Latif (46 off 41) and Shoaib Malik (40 off 20) to end at 172 for eight.

All-rounder James Faulkner starred with ball, becoming the first Australian to take five wickets in the shortest format.

Australia, who have now two wins from three games like India, meet the home team in a match that decides the number two team that goes into the semifinals alongside leaders New Zealand.

The steep chase was another chance for Pakistan batsmen to redeem themselves after they let the team down in the previous two matches. Read More

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