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As it happened: Faulkner bowls Australia to victory

Australia's James Faulkner took 5 for 27 in his four overs to enable Australia win over Pakistan by 21 runs in the World T20 championship match in Mohali on Friday.

For Pakistan, Sharjeel Khan (30), Khalid Latif (46), Umar Akmal (32) and Shoaib Malik (40 not out) played good knocks.

With this defeat, Pakistan are virtually out of the World T20 championships.

India and Australia are scheduled to meet on Sunday. This match will be a virtual quarterfinal as the winner will qualify for the semifinals along with New Zealand.

Pakistan needs 30 runs to win from the final over.

Pakistan still needs 44 runs in two overs

It is two in two for Faulkner. Wasim is out for 0. Pak 147 for 6

Faulkner strikes at crucial juncture by removing Khalid Latif for 46. Pak 147 for 5

Three overs to go, Pakistan needs 49 to win. Malik and Latif are still at the crease.

Pakistan needs 59 more to win in 24 balls. Good bowling from Zampa (2 for 32)

At the end of 15 overs, Pakistan 125 for 4. 69 to win in 30 balls.

At the end of 14 overs, Pakistan 114 for 4. Six overs to go, 80 to win.

Zampa once again strikes by removing dangerous Shahid Afridi for 14. Pak. 110 for 4.

Pakistan needs 100 to win in 48 balls.

Pakistan needs their captain Shahid Afridi to play a blinder of a knock.

Adam Zampa removes dangerous looking Umar Akmal for 32. Pakistan 85 for 3. Still require 109 to win.

Faulkner removes dangerous Sharjeel Khan for 30. Pakistan 40 for 2.

The chase is on from Pakistan perspective. It is 30 for 1 in four overs.

Chasing a target of 194, Pakistan were 21 for 1 in three overs. Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan is going great guns.

It is time for the Pakistani chase.

In the crucial encounter, Australia has set a huge target of 194 for Pakistan at the World T20 championship match in Mohali on Friday.

Despite two telling blows from Wahab Riaz early in the innings, Australia resurrected through brilliant knocks from Smith (61 off 43 balls), Maxwell (30 off 18 balls) and Watson (44 off 21 balls).

Smith and Watson added 74 runs in just 6.2 overs.

Wahab Riaz took 2 for 35. The Australian batsmen were particularly severe on Mohammad Sami (0 for 53).

Four more overs to go, Australia 135 for 4 with Smith and Watson still at the crease. Maxwell is out for a well-made 30 off just 18 balls.

After telling blows from Wahab Riaz and Imad Wasim, Australia resurrected their innings through a good partnership from Steve Smith and Glen Maxwell.

The Pakistan media quoted Shahid Afridi saying "I haven't taken any decision (when asked on retirement)." >Read more

A report from PTI says that security has been tightened further in the city after the Indian cricket team’s arrival to join Australia and Pakistan for the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 matches being played in Mohali. >Read more

Australian captain Steve Smith has won the toss and opted to bat first in the World T20 crucial encounter against Pakistan in Mohali on Friday.

Australia Team

Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Glen Maxwell, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Hazlewood

Pakistan Team

Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Rashid Latif, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami

Shahid Afridi and his men were glued to Wednesday night’s live action from Bengaluru with the hope that Bangladesh would upset India and give some strength to Pakistan’s complex quest for a berth in the semifinals. It was not to be.

Nevertheless, Pakistan has not given up its optimism. It is keen to record a win in its last group match against Australia at the PCA Stadium here on Friday before leaving things to destiny.

Afridi, a Pakistani legend in the limited-over cricket, has announced that he might hang up his bat after the Australia match. Of course, his team will be eager to give its flamboyant captain a befitting farewell. Afridi’s journey beyond Friday, in case Pakistan makes it to the knockout stage, will be even more fulfilling for the dashing entertainer and his side. >Read more >

Why today’s Pakistan vs Australia is crucial to India

The Group 2 in the World T20 Championship is witnessing a three-way stand-off now, with >Pakistan, Australia and India having equal chances of qualifying for the second semifinal slot from the group.

The fates of the other two in the group have been decided. New Zealand has won three matches and has already qualified for the semifinals.

Bangladesh, which has lost three matches, has been eliminated.

Pakistan has lost both the matches it played — >against India and >New Zealand . However, it has a net run rate (+0.254) superior to India (-0.546), which has won two of its three matches.

Australia has >defeated Bangladesh and lost to >group leaders New Zealand.

If Australia beats Pakistan on Friday, then it will be a virtual quarterfinal match between India and Australia.

If Pakistan beats Australia, it will be a contest between India and Australia where the net run-rate will become a crucial factor.

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