A nail-biting combat Pakistan Vs Australia

Victory Smile: Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz

Vs Australia

Australia looted a nail-biting combat against Pakistan after a dramatic fightback by Pakistani bowlers, who almost chop Australian line-up and dragged the thrilling contest on the final ball of the match, but Australia ultimately secure the contest by two wickets and ensured their place in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy. As a result, India crashed out of the tournament. Australia will take on England in the first semifinal, while Pakistan will play New Zealand in the second semifinal.

The defending champions, having won the toss and restricted Pakistan to 205-6 off 50 overs, were on the way for an easy victory as they were 140-2 on the board, seven wickets in hand and almost 19 overs left. But as the Pakistani bowlers came alive, wickets tumbled and Australia entered the final over needing five runs to win a match transformed into a thriller after being tedious to watch for so long. Tail-enders Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz picked off singles against superb bowling from Umar Gul and some inspired fielding to reach 206-8 in the best match so far of the tournament.

Man-of-the-match Michael Hussey top scored with 64 and Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson took two wickets each for the Australians, who face England Friday in the first semi-final. Read More



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