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World Cup quarterfinal:Pakistan win toss opt to bat against Australia, live streaming

ADELAIDE: Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in World Cup quarterfinal at Adelaide Oval on Friday.

Live Update:

Australia beat Pakistan by six wickets.

Pakistan fight back as they picked up two quick wickets.

Australia lost Finch: Sohail Khan strikes for Pakistan.

Pakistan were all out on 213 runs: Hazlewood picked up four wickets, Haris Sohail scored 41 runs for the Green-Shirts.

Pakistan 200 up on loss of 9 wickets.

Pakistan lost 9th wicket on 195.

Pakistan 188 for 8: Irresponsible batting by the Green-Shirts.

Pakistan are six down on 158 runs.

Umar Akmal Out : Pakistan in big trouble.

Haris Sohail caught behind, Pakistan are 199 4 in 28.2 overs.

100 up for Pakistan: Hariss Sohail is still out their on the crease.

Misbah out  after scoring 34.

After 20 overs Pakistan are 83/2.

Misbah and Sohail stable Pakistan innings after early blows.

Hazlewood picked up his first Pakistan loss Shehzad with 24 runs on the score board in 5 overs.

Mitchel Starc strikes for Australia, inform Sarfraz gone for 10

Australia XI: Clarke, Finch, Warner, Smith, Maxwell, Watson, Faulkner, Haddin, Johnson, Starc, Hazlewood

Pakistan XI: Misbah, Sarfraz, Shahzad, Haris, Maqsood, Akmal, Afridi, Riaz, Sohail, Ali, Adil

Pakistan are all set for the big match despite the odds are against them in the absence of magician Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez, giant fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and left arm quick Junaid Khan.

On the face of it, the ‘which Pakistan’ reference might appear unfair and unjustified. After all, Misbah-ul-Haq’s men have strung together four wins on the bounce after beginning the tournament with successive losses to India and the West Indies.

Australia is a team with seemingly no chinks, but if anyone can unearth and then hammer away at those chinks, it has to be Misbah’s side.

Sarfraz Ahmed came in after Nasir Jamshed’s poor run, for the penultimate league game against South Africa, a match Pakistan had to win to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal place. Sarfraz made 49, Pakistan won the rain-interrupted fixture by 29 runs. In the next game against Ireland, a virtual pre-quarterfinal, Sarfraz made a hundred.

Sarfraz and Ahmed Shehzad hold the key to Pakistan’s fortunes as much as Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan do with the ball.

Michael Clarke’s team are past masters at doing the front-running, and with Mitchell Starc in such stunning form, the team fancy itself to make early inroads every single time. Sarfraz and Shehzad will have to recalibrate their approach to the new ball if they are to set the platform from which Misbah, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood can dictate terms.

Pakistan has played twice before in Adelaide in this World Cup, and has been in the South Australian capital for nearly 10 days now. Even though it is up against the host nation, it will not be short of support from either its travelling fans or from the expats who have now made Australia their home.

Australia has by and large been a pace-oriented attack, Xavier Doherty’s left-arm spin summoned only for the clash against Sri Lanka in the belief that the SCG surface might assist the spinners.

The biggest gains in the last few days have been Clarke’s occupation of the crease, and Shane Watson rediscovering the runs on the SCG belter against Sri Lanka. At 5 or 6, Watson provides great muscle to the batting; at 3, Steven Smith provides steel and stability. It’s an awe-inspiring line-up with Brad Haddin at No. 8. For all its bowling wealth, Pakistan will rest a little uneasy.

Wahab has been the enforcer with Rahat and Sohail playing able foils; Shahid Afridi hasn’t hit wicket-taking mode but has been his usual pressure-building self, allowing the quicks to feed off his parsimony. If Misbah can work his combination around to bring back Yasir Shah, the legspinner, it will make the attack more menacing but might end up weakening the batting. A tricky call, that.

Timing: Match will began at 8:30 Am (PST)

Teams (from):

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke (capt), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Xavier Doherty.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Ehsan Adil, Younis Khan, Yasir Shah, Nasir Jamshed.

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