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Pakistan captain Shahid Afrid on his future

"First of all, I want to congratulate Australia. Honestly, we were not good enough. The last four overs, we gave 40 runs. When I go back home, in the first 4-5 days I will make the decision[on the retirement]. I will announce it in my country. Whatever is better for the country, I will go with that.

"I will see my form. There is pressure, media pressure. As a player, I am fit. As a captain, I am not fit. I have enjoyed my captaincy. The team management, selection committee, and Shahryar Khan have helped me out. I want to thank people from Calcutta. I thank people who came and supported us from Pakistan and Kashmir. Thanks to the BCCI."

Australia captain Steven Smith

It all came together. We have not played to potential in the [first] two games. Today was quite a clinical performance. Yeah, I thought Warner was hitting well. He needed to face more balls. Finchy looked good for a start. Zampa has bowled beautifully. He reads the batsmen well, and is really smart, which is great for Australia. Tomorrow will be about resting, we will be back in two days.

Man of the Match, James Faulkner

"I was lucky there at the end. More importantly, we are back on track. We have played well all summer back home. We showed what we can do with the bat. Looking forward to the next game against India, who are a tough opponent at home. We should be up for the challenge."

Australia win by 21 runs and they have registered a victory by eliminating Pakistan out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016.

Pakistan out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 after their defeat to Australia in Group 2 fixture.

Over 20 : Pakistan 172 for 8: Shoaib Malik 40 (20), Mohammad Sami 4 (2)

And that is it. Shahid Afridi has his head in his hands. Pakistan are out of the ICC World t20. Australia live to see another day and the match between the Aussies and India will decide who will progress into the next round.

WICKET!!! Wahab Riaz c Hazlewood b Faulkner 0

WICKET!!! Sarfraz Ahmed c Khawaja b Faulkner 2

Over 19: Pakistan 164 for 6: Shoaib Malik 25 (14), Sarfraz Ahmed 0 (0)

Shoaib Malik is back on strike and that is one meaty blow for SIX!! before a brilliant shot for FOUR!! But this is a little too late for the heroics with 30 required from the last over.

Over 18: Pakistan 150 for 6: Shoaib Malik 25 (14), Khalid Latif 0 (0)

Only five of the over but it is all but curtains for Pakistan. Two wickets from the over by Faulkner and it looks a very tall order unless Shoaib Malik can pull something out of his magic hat.

WICKET!!! Imad Wasim c Coulter-Nile b Faulkner 0

WICKET!!!! Latif b Faulkner 46

Over 17: Pakistan 145 for 4: Shoaib Malik 21 (11), Khalid Latif 45 (39)

Another 10 from this over. But it still may not be enough gor Pakistan who need 49 from the last 18 balls. Shoaib Malik is having a blinder.

Over 16: Pakistan 135 for 4: Shoaib Malik 13 (7), Khalid Latif 43 (37)

A SIX!! and four singles from the over marked an end to another productive over for Pakistan. However, they have to step it up in the last four to get near the Australian total, which still looms large.

Over 15: Pakistan 125 for 4: Shoaib Malik 5 (3), Khalid Latif 41 (34)

Hazlewood replaces Coulter-Nile in the bowling attack. Latif gets a double after he he places to deep cover. FOUR...!!! This time Latif finds the gap through extra cover for a boundary. It is followed by a single.

Malik cuts it to deep backward points and gets a double. Well bowled by Hazlewood results in a single off the fourth ball. Latif ends the over with a single.

Over 14: Pakistan 114 for 4: Shoaib Malik 2 (2), Khalid Latif 33 (30)

Zampa replaced Maxwell. SIX...!!! Afridi goes big and walks down the ground to smash it straight over the bowlers head for a massive six. Zampa looks Afridi walking down the ground and bowls a quicker delivery, which beats Afridi, resulting in an easy stumping.

Shoaib Malik is the new man in the middle and is on strike. Gets off the mark with a single towards midwicket. It is followed by two more single, followed by one more single from Latif to end the over.

WICKET...!!! Shahid Afridi 14 (7) st Nevill b Zampa

Over 13: Pakistan 104 for 3: Shahid Afridi 8 (5), Khalid Latif 31 (28)

Coulter-Nile replaces Zampa with the ball. FOUR...!!! Latif picks up the length delivery and slogs it over the midwicket fielder for a boundary. A slow straight drive results a single.

A dot ball and a top edge hook shot from Afridi results in the ball landing in no man's land, resulting in a single on the on-side. That brings Pakistan's 100. FOUR...!!! Latif smashes it over midwicket once again and gets a boundary, followed by a dot ball to end the over.

Over 12: Pakistan 94 for 3: Shahid Afridi 7 (3), Khalid Latif 22 (24)

Maxwell continues with the ball. Latif looks for a reverse sweep and fails to do it, resulting in no run. It is followed by two more dot balls. Make it four dot balls now. Latif gets a single off the fifth ball. Afridi on strike and SIX...!!! he smashes the last ball behind long on and gets a maximum.

Over 11: Pakistan 87 for 3: Shahid Afridi 1 (2), Khalid Latif 21 (19)

Adam Zampa comes back into the attack. FOUR...!!! Akmal's catch is dropped by the fielder at deep midwicket. The replay showed the ball bounced in front of Maxwell and takes a deflection and goes to the boundary. It is followed by a couple.

WICKET...!!! Zampa gets a break through as Umar Akmal's bowled, which breaks the partnership. Shahid Afridi walks in the middle and gets off the mark with a single off the second ball. Latif ends the over with a single.

WICKET...!!! Umar Akmal 32 (20) b Adam Zampa

Over 10: Pakistan 73 for 2: Umar Akmal 26 (17), Khalid Latif 20 (18)

Six singles taken from the six balls. 115 required from 60 balls for Pakistan.

Over 9: Pakistan 73 for 2: Umar Akmal 23 (14), Khalid Latif 17 (15)

Faulkner is back in the attack, replacing Shane Watson. Latif gives him the strike on the first ball and that is a brilliant stop by Khawaja to deny Akmal a boundary. Only coming off the second ball. Latif has made up for the missed opportunity by Akmal. That is a brilliant hit for SIX!!.. A bye of the next ball is followed by another dot. Good over for Pakistan. 11 off it.

Over 8: Pakistan 62 for 2: Umar Akmal 20 (11), Khalid Latif 10 (12)

Adam Zampa is into the attack after taking over from a hapless Shane Watson who was taken to the cleaners in the last over. He starts off very well with only two singles in the first two balls. A dot in the third is followed by another two in the next two balls, ending with a dot. A good over for Australia this. Only four coming of it.

Over 7: Pakistan 58 for 2: Umar Akmal 18 (7), Khalid Latif 8 (10)

Umar Akmal has come to the party. A huge SIX!! in the second ball and he follows that up with a couple in the third ball. Two back to back FOUR!!s ends a brilliant over for Pakistan with 16 coming off it. Akmal has to keep this going if he has to have any chance of chasing down Australia's humongous total on the board

Over 6: Pakistan 41 for 2: Umar Akmal 1 (1), Khalid Latif 8 (10)

Brilliant start to the over as Sharjeel hits pulls Faulkner for a brilliant FOUR!! into the vacant square leg boundary. But a dot in the next ball mounts the pressure as Sharjeel tries to pull it into midwicket but is only able to drag the ball on to his leg stump. A big ask now for Pakistan.

Umar Akmal comes to the crease and takes a single from the first ball. Latif defends the next two balls. Only five of the over.

WICKET!! Sharjeel Khan b Faulkner 30

Over 5: Pakistan 36 for 1: Sharjeel Khan 26 (16), Khalid Latif 8 (8)

Latif has managed to keep Sharjeelout of strike this over and vindicated his decision with a crisp shot to the boundary for FOUR!! However, a couple aside it was an underwhelming over, with only six runs coming off it. Four dots in an over would not cut it for Pakistan with more than 150 runs still to get.

Over 4: Pakistan 30 for 1: Sharjeel Khan 26 (16), Khalid Latif 2 (2)

Nine runs from the over. Sharjeel is going at some good pace now and has give Counter-Nile much to think about. A brilliant boundary aside, the over comprised of two couples and a single.

Over 3: Pakistan 21 for 1: Sharjeel Khan 13 (9), Khalid Latif 1 (1)

Hazlewood continues his second over. After a dot ball, Shehzad takes a single. FOUR..!!! Sharjeel places it on the on-side and gets a boundary, followed by a single. It is followed by a single.

WICKET...!!! Shehzad's time in the middle is brought to an end. Khalid Latif is the new man and gets off the mark with a single to square leg.

WICKET...!!! Ahmed Shehzad c Coulter-Nile b Hazlewood 1 (6)

Over 2: Pakistan 14 for 0: Sharjeel Khan 13 (9), Ahmed Shehzad 0 (3)

Nathan Coutler-Nile joins Hazlewood to lead Australia's bowling attack. Starts with a dot ball, followed by a FOUR...!!! Sharjeel cut behind point for a boundary. FOUR...!!! This time he cuts through backward point and the ball races to the boundary.

FOUR...!!! Sharjeel smashes it down the ground, above the bowlers head for a boundary. A dot ball to end the over.

Over 1: Pakistan 2 for 0: Sharjeel Khan 1 (3), Ahmed Shehzad 0 (3)

Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad open Pakistan's innings. Josh Hazlewood will start Australia's attack. Pakistan open their account with a wide, followed by a single from Sharjeel. Two dot balls followed by a swing and miss to end the over.

We are back for the run chase. Pakistan need 194 runs to win the match and also have hope to seal a place in the semi-final.

Australia 193 for 4 after 20 overs. Pakistan need 194 runs to keep their semi-final hope alive.

Over 20: Australia 193 for 4: Steven Smith 61 (43), Shane Watson 44 (21)

Amir to bowl the last ball. Starts with a wide and Australia run for a run too, followed by two dot balls. A leg bye allows Smith to get off the strike. FOUR...!!! Straight up in the air and it goes behind the keeper for a boundary. SIX...!!! Watson smashes it into the stands over cow corner. He finishes the innings with a leg bye.

Over 19: Australia 179 for 4: Steven Smith 61 (40), Shane Watson 34 (18)

Riaz to bowl his last over. Smith starts the over with a single, followed by a dot ball. FOUR...!!! Watson goes over extra cover and no fielder results in a boundary, followed by a double. A single is followed by a FOUR...!!! Smith shows his wicket and moves away from the stumps. Riaz bowls on outside off stump and smashes it on the leg side for a boundary off the last ball.

Over 18: Australia 166 for 4: Steven Smith 56 (38), Shane Watson 27 (14)

Sami to bowl his last over. Smith takes a double off the first ball and that brings his 50. It is followed by a single. SIX...!!! Watson smashes it over extra cover for a six. He is in fine form, followed by a single.

FOUR...!!! Beautiful placement from Smith in between short fine leg and backward point and gets four runs. Ends the over with a single.

Over 17: Australia 152 for 4: Steven Smith 48 (34), Shane Watson 20 (12)

Amir is back into the attack. Smith takes a single off the first ball. Watson's mistimed shot results in a single towards deep midwicket. FOUR...!!! Smith cuts it through point and fielder at extra cover boundary. A misfield results in four runs, followed by a single.

SIX...!!! Watson smashes it over deep midwicket and into the stands. FOUR...!!! This time on the off side and the ball races to deep backward point boundary.

Over 16: Australia 135 for 4: Steven Smith 42 (31), Shane Watson 9 (9)

Riaz is brought back into the attack. Watson gets off the strike with a quick single, followed by a dot ball. It is one more single down the leg side and umpire calls it a leg bye.

FOUR...!!! Watson pulls it between square leg and fine leg for his first boundary. It is followed by a single. Ends the over with a single leg bye.

Over 15: Australia 127 for 4: Steven Smith 42 (28), Shane Watson 2 (6)

Afridi to bowl his last over. Watson starts the over with two dot balls, followed by a single. Smith then takes a single, followed by one more dot ball from Watson. Ends the over with a single.

Over 14: Australia 124 for 4: Steven Smith 41 (27), Shane Watson 1 (1)

Imad Wasim to bowl his last over. FOUR...!!! Smith uses the full face of the bat and cuts it through cover boundary off the first ball. It is followed by a couple and a single. WICKET...!!! Maxwell looks for another six, but less pace in the delivery results in a simple catch to long on.

Shane Watson replaces Maxwell and is on strike. Gets off the mark with a single. FOUR...!!! Smith ends the over with a boundary through point.

WICKET...!!! Glenn Maxwell 30 (18) c Ahmed Shehzad b Imad Wasim

Over 13: Australia 112 for 3: Steven Smith 30 (23), Glenn Maxwell 30 (17)

Mohammad Sami replaces skipper Afridi. Starts with a wide on the leg side. FOUR...!!! Outside edge and no slips in place for Smith. The ball races to the boundary in no time. That brings Australia's 100. It is followed by a single. A dot ball is followed by one more wide, this time on the off side.

FOUR...!!! Pull shot and Maxwell picks up beautifully to deep midwicket boundary. SIX...!!! Ends the over with a lofted shot and the ball clears the rope over long off.

Over 12: Australia 95 for 3: Steven Smith 25 (21), Glenn Maxwell 20 (13)

Imad Wasim continues his third over. There was a chance of a lbw as Pakistan players appeal, which is turned down by the umpire. Maxwell wanted a single, but sent back half way through. A direct hit would have been out. It is followed by five singles.

Over 11: Australia 90 for 3: Steven Smith 22 (17), Glenn Maxwell 18 (11)

Afridi to continue his third over. Smith takes a single off the first ball. FOUR...!!! Reverse sweep from Maxwell and it goes above the keeper's head and runs down to the boundary. Down the ground and one bounce to long on for a single. Smith takes one more single on the leg side. Maxwell plays it through midwicket and gets a double. FOUR...!!! Maxwell sweeps it though square leg boundary to end the over.

Over 10: Australia 77 for 3: Steven Smith 20 (15), Glenn Maxwell 7 (7)

Imad Wasim continues his second over and Smith is on strike. A dot ball is followed by a couple after placing it on the leg side. He then gets off the strike and takes a single. Maxwell just nudges it on leg side and a quick running between the wickets helps him gets a double. Plays it in the same place, but gets only a single. Smith ends the over with a single to long on.

Over 9: Australia 70 for 3: Steven Smith 16 (11), Glenn Maxwell 4 (5)

Afridi to continue his second over. Maxwell starts with a dot ball and then takes a single. One more single from Smith to long off, followed by one more single from Maxwell. Smith finds the gap through the cover and a brilliant piece of fielding saves two runs for Pakistan. Smith ends the over with a singe to fine leg.


Over 8: Australia 64 for 3: Steven Smith 12 (8), Glenn Maxwell 2 (2)

Imad Wasim is inroduced into the attack. Finch is on strike and misses the first ball. WICKET...!!! Finch fails to make contact with the ball, but this time the ball hits the stumps and that is the end of Finch in the middle.

Glenn Maxwell replaces Finch and he gets off the mark with a single. FOUR...!!! On the pads and Smith sweeps it to fine leg boundary, followed by a single. Maxwell ends the over with an easy single.

WICKET...!!! Aaron Finch 15 (16) b Imad Wasim

Over 7: Australia 57 for 2: Aaron Finch 15 (14), Steven Smith 7 (6)

Shahid Afrid introduces himself. Three singles off the first three balls, One more single from Smith, followed by a dot ball from Finch. Finishes the over with one more single.

END OF POWERPLAY...!!! Australia 52 for 2 after 6 overs

Over 6: Australia 52 for 2: Aaron Finch 12 (10), Steven Smith 5 (4)

Riaz to continue his second over and Warner is on strike. WICKET...!!! A quicker delivery from Riaz and it hits the middle stump. It was at 148.2kmph. Steven Smith replaces Warner in the middle and gets off the mark straight away with a single.

Finch takes one more single, followed by a dot ball from Smith. He played that shot very nicely after using the crease nicely. Poo fielding allows Smith to run four runs. FOUR...!!! Hits Smith's pad and the ball races to the boundary. That brings Australia's 50.

WICKET...!!! David Warner 9 (6) b Wahab Riaz

Over 5: Australia 42 for 1: Aaron Finch 11 (9), David Warner 9 (5)

Sami replaces Amir in the bowling attack. FOUR...!!! Finch's square cut beats the fielder at point as the ball races to the boundary quickly. It is followed by a single. FOUR...!!! Warner uses the width and cuts it on the offside through point for a boundary. A dot ball, followed by a quick single to mid off to end the over.

Over 4: Australia 32 for 1: Aaron Finch 6 (6), David Warner 4 (2)

Wahab Riaz replaces Sami in the fourth over. First bowling change for Pakistan and Finch is on strike. Starts the over with a single. SIX...!!! Khawaja uses the pace of the ball and punishes Riaz. He bowls short of the length and Khawaja smacks it on the leg side for the first boundary.

A slower delivery from Riaz and that hits Khawaja's pads. The umpire rejects it as it was going down the leg side. WICKET...!!! Yorker from Riaz and Khawaja looks to move away from the wicket to smash it though extra cover. Misses the ball and it hits the middle and leg stump.

David Warner replaces Khawaja in the middle and starts with a dot ball. FOUR...!!! Plays the cut shot and beats the fielder at backward point. The ball raises to the boundary in no time as Warner gets off the mark.

WICKET...!!! Usman Khawaja 21 (16) b Riaz

Over 3: Australia 21 for 0: Aaron Finch 5 (5), Usman Khawaja 15 (13)

Amir to continue his second over and Finch starts with a single off the first ball. A dot ball is followed by one more single from Khawaja. Finch works it into the gap through extra cover and a chase for Umar Akmal forces Finch to settle for 3 runs. A dot ball from Khawaja ends the over.

Over 2: Australia 16 for 0: Aaron Finch 1 (2), Usman Khawaja 14 (10)

Mohammad Sami will join Amir in leading Pakistan's bowling attack. FOUR...!!! Starts with a wide down the leg side and fine leg is up in the ring. Khawaja goes on his back foot and pulls it for a boundary.

A dot ball is followed by a wide on the off side. One more dot ball and a wrist shot from Khawaja flicks it on the leg side for a single. Finch takes a quick single and gets off the mark. Sami's final ball of the over results in FOUR...!!! Khawaja smashes through the offside and a misfield from Malik at covers results in a boundary.

Over 1: Australia 5 for 0: Aaron Finch 0 (1), Usman Khawaja 5 (5)

Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja open Australia's innings. Mohammad Amir has been thrown the new ball and he will open Pakistan's bowling attack. Khawaja is on strike and decides to leave the first ball, followed by swing and a miss of second and third delivery.

FOUR...!!! Khawaja just gets a thick leading edge as he looks to work it towards mid-on. But the ball races towards the extra cover boundary. Finch is on strike A dot ball to end the over.

Here we go...!!!

After national anthems of both nations, Pakistan form a huddle as they are fielding first. Aaron Finch is back in the side and he along with Usman Khawaja are walking to the middle.

Players from both sides will walk to the ground for the national anthem, after which the match will start. We are 13 minutes away from the start of the match between Australia and Pakistan.


Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazelwood

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Rashid Latif, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi (c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami

Australia captain Steven Smith

Big couple of games coming up. We have two changes. Finch in for Mitch Marsh. Hazlewood for Hastings.

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi

I think batting first is good idea, but does not matter. Today's match is more important for us. The boys know the importance of this game. Mohammad Irfan is resting. Wahab is back. I haven't taken any decision [on the retirement]. I will do it in front of my nation.

TOSS...!!! Australia win the toss and Steven Smith has elected to bat first

Shahid Afrid and Steven Smith walk to the middle for the toss.

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Pitch report

There is a bit of grass on the pitch. The ball will come nicely to the bat and with even bass. Unlikely to any swing for the bowlers. Wasim Akram reckons it is best to bat first and suggests it will be even for both sides since it is not a day-and-night match.

The team news will be out after the toss.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik

"If you compare 2009 team with this team, I would say skill wise this team is much better, but the 2009 team was more professional. Coming back to groups within the team, in the 2009 team, six of us were not talking [to each other] during the World Cup, but still we won that World Cup.

"When you lose, a lot of people obviously start talking, 'this should have happened or that should not have not happened.' But in 2009, it was so obvious, six of us were not talking [to each other].

"Yes, other teams have improved. They have very strong leagues in their countries and the best thing PCB did was we have PSL. It will take a bit of time to get cricketers from that league, but it is obviously a great sign for Pakistan cricket."

Australia captain Steven Smith on possibility of changing Shane Watson's batting position

"It's not too late. I think it could change. I think it depends on the kind of wickets, what we think at the time is going to be best against certain attacks and it might change in this game, it might change against India as well, so guys are pretty flexible. Everyone, Davey has played quite well in the middle, but we know how destructive he is at the top as well. You've got Aaron Finch as well who is sitting in the wings and he's very destructive at the top.

"Having said that, the two starts we've had have been good. Hasn't been in the first game, it wasn't the openers' fault that we lost that match. It was our middle order. And our middle order again didn't do the job to polish off the performance the other night. We've got a few options, it's just about summing up what we think is best for that certain day, those conditions and against that opposition."

"I think Watto can [adapt], I think he's got a bit of extra power. I've seen him bat in one-day cricket at No. 5 and No. 6, he's batted in the middle order in IPL over here as well, and he's done quite well. He certainly can. Usman, I think, is suited to the top of the order. He plays just good cricket shots and scores at a pretty good rate without taking many risks."

After beating Bangladesh in their first match, Pakistan have lost to India and New Zealand in their next two Super 10 fixtures. The clash against Australia will be Pakistan's last Group 2 match.

A defeat to Steven Smith's side today will end Pakistan's chance of making it to the semi-final. Should they beat Australia, then Shahid Afrid and his men should hope for Australia to defeat India in the final match. With this possible situation, Pakistan, Australia and India will have four points each and the team with the better net run rate will qualify to semi-final along with New Zealand from Group 2.

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