Pakistan made qualifies for semi-final in the world Twenty20 world cup with 32-run lead victory against Australia on Tuesday. based on their net run-rate.
Australia won the toss and choose to field first, Pakistan was seem uneasy to confront Australian bowlers lost both of the openers in first 5 overs, later Nasir Jamshed with Kamran Akmal’s partnership scored adding more runs in a tough fielding and bowling attack, Jamshed made 54, Pakistan lost overall 6 wickets scored 149-6.
Australian start wasn’t good either as expected, since the given target wasn’t a big one for Australian Team but Muhammad Hafeez ( Pakistan team Captain ) took early 2 essential wickets which reduced the Run Rate, later spinner attack carried on by other Pakistani Bowlers, made it very difficult for Australia to reach for the boundaries, Australia ended up 117-7 in 20 overs, Both teams ended the Super Eights on four points each, which knocked South Africa out of the tournament.
Australia advanced to the semi-finals, despite the defeat, due to their having the best net run-rate in the group. on the other hand India won by 1-run from South Africa later on Tuesday, but while India and South Africa was playing ( net run-rate ) based, Pakistan made it’s place in Semi-Finals and sent India back home along South Africa out of the tournament now.
I personally watched entire match, Pakistanis back in homeland and all around the world were watching closely by placing Big Screens and projectors mounted in various cities of Pakistan, everyone not only enjoyed and celebrated on winning but qualifying which came as no surprise to India while they were chasing the dream to reach semi-final, “I have must add, Pakistanis are really Mad about Cricket, the sensation is always magical” 2nd October was more like Pakistan’s Cricket day, Double excitement first on winning from Australia and second when Pakistan Qualify for the Semi-final appeared in between India and South Africa’s match.
Now Semi final is going to be Pakistan vs Sri Lanka and Australia vs West Indies, qualifier from both semi finals will play the final later on Sunday..
By Farhan Imaan F.Abro
INCPak , 2012.