Booking a smash-hit World Cup semi-final against the reigning defenders India, Australia has closed a 6-wicket victory over Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval, today. Chasing a dismal total of 214, the Aussies made a slow start, losing early wickets. However, Pakistan’s unsteady stance paved way for their several dropped catches that got the Aussies on a roll. Steve Smith and Shane Watson half-centuries and their hitting boundaries at will steered Australia to reach the finish line in just 33.5 overs. While Maxwell remained unbeaten on 44, Watson hit the winning runs at 64 not out.
The Australian skipper was all smiles after their victory, saying, “Yes, it turned out to be a very close game,” he says after the match. “I thought Wahab bowled really well but I am glad we managed to win.” Reflecting on the next blockbuster match with India, Clarke said, “They have been playing strong cricket and Dhoni has been leading the team well. I expect another tough contest and cannot wait to play semis in Sydney.”
Considering it was Misbah’s final match for Pakistan, this match was, certainly, a bit of a bummer for him. “We could have scored a few more runs but we lost wickets at key stages,” said the Captain. “Wahab bowled his heart out and I have never seen such a spell before. Had we not dropped catches, who knows we may well have won. (But) Overall, I am happy with how the team played this World Cup,” he added.
Now that the fate has been sealed for the semi-finals, India is going to meet the Aussies at Sydney on March 26, and it is going to be nothing less than a clash of the titans. ICC World Cup with not one match played between India and Australia is like a cake, half baked. India is in stunning form this tournament and so is Australia. The Aussies did display a wee bit wobbly stance behind the crease, today, as they lost wickets in the early stages of the match against Pakistan. Does that mean India will have an upper hand in the face-off against Australia in the semi-final?
Well, let’s wait and watch!
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