Mohali: Australian medium pacer James Faulkner thrashed whole batting line up of Pakistan by taking 5 wickets just for 27 helped out to his team’s win by 21 runs in ICC T20 World Cup 2016.
Pakistan Vs Australia big playoff for getting ticket of playing semi final stage in tournament held in Mohali where winning skipper Steve Smith won the toss elected to bat first and set big total of 193/4 in reply, Green shirts again failed to introduce big ton in front of bowlers.
whole team stopped their journey on 172/8 in 20 overs lost by 21 runs as their 3rd defeat in 4 matches so, they out from semi final hunt and Kangaroos also qualified for next knock out encounter. Khalid Latif rescued important 46 runs growing run rate but Faulkner despite hopes in 4 overs bowling by taking career best 5 wickets haul for 27 runs.
Australian also looked for doing something special before T20 group battle against Pakistan on Friday, Skipper Steve Smith emerged his captaincy skills by choosing bat first as toss remuneration.
Opener Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch give reasonable starts but did not produce their partnership too long in front of aggressive Wahab Riaz, left hander goes on 21 (16), David Warner seeking for thrill but dismissed on 9 (6), next wicket took by Imad Wasim in shape of Finch 15 (16) at the time of shaking 57/3.
Kangaroos campaign holder Smith shared classic 4th wicket partnership along with vibratory Glenn Maxwell struck half century 61 not out, all-rounder done little good job 30 for 18, most experienced Shane Watson thrilled with massive 7 boundaries concluded 3 big sixes 44 not out just faced 21 deliveries gave big target of 194 runs to Pakistan.
Pakistani bowlers failed to stop Australian batting line up after getting suspicious 3 wickets, fast bowler Wahab Riaz looked impressive 2 for 35, Imad Wasim 2 for 31, younger Mohammad Amir stay with no wicket along with Afridi.
Kangaroos also feel comfortable after giving huge target to weak Pakistani batting order it’s produced right by green shirts, opener Sharjeel Khan introduced some boundaries in first 3 overs but Ahmed Shehzad did not face pace of Hazlewood bowled on 1 (6).
Then, Khalid Latif took batting command but on 30 dangerous Sharjeel dismissed by Faulkner, Umar Akmal got remarkable 32, Captain Shahid Khan Afridi 14 (7), all rounder Shoaib Malik not out 40 of 20 concluded 4 boundaries in last overs, Imad Wasim 0 (1), Sarfraz Ahmed 2 (3), Wahab Riaz 0 (1) and team total reached on 172/8 by losing that important contest 21 runs.
Last day made big show off by Australian left- armer James Faulkner who bowled very well in his 3rd T20 game of world game got 5 wickets just for 27 become 6 cricketer who achieved that distance and first Kangaroos international player in T20 format of cricket declared man of the match by making late entry in bowling against Pakistan.