Twitter reacts to brutal spell

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Cricket World Cup: After being on the receiving end of a Mitchell Starc sledge, Pakistan's Wahab Riaz has given the Aussies a taste of their own medicine, firing up at Shane Watson.

Shane Watson ducks out the way of a bouncer from Wahab Riaz. Source: News Corp Australia

PAKISTAN wasted one of the most brutal spells of bowling seen at a World Cup as Australia progressed to a World Cup semifinal against India with a six-wicket win at Adelaide Oval on Friday.

Wahab Riaz did everything he could to help his side defend a meager score of 213 with six overs of pure magic in the middle of Australia's innings.

The speedster removed David Warner and Michael Clarke but saved his best for Shane Watson, who managed to survive but looked horribly uncomfortable in the face of a short-pitched barrage.

Wahab tormented Watson and should have had him caught at fine leg when he presented a simple chance to Rahat Ali.

"It was just awesome," said Damien Fleming, of the spell.

Shane Warne added: "That's one of the best fast bowling spells I've seen in a long, long time."

Wahab pushed the speedgun past 148km/h while taking 2/24 in six overs but Watson survived and started to flourish against the rest of the Pakistan attack.

He finished 64 not out and with the help of Steve Smith (65) and Glenn Maxwell (44 not out) did enough to guide Australia home.

Maxwell was also dropped of Wahab, whose spell generated a great reaction on Twitter.

8.55pm — SMITH DEPARTS FOR 65

Steve Smith played a crucial innings before being trapped LBW. Source: News Corp Australia

STEVE Smith kept the game in Australia's hands but couldn't finish the job as he was trapped LBW by Ehsan Adil for 65.

The Aussie No. 3's composed innings came to an end with Australia still requiring 66 runs for victory at 4/148.

Glenn Maxwell has joined Shane Watson (42 not out) at the crease.

7.40pm — PAKISTAN HAS A CHANCE

It wasn't Michael Clarke's night in Adelaide. Source: Getty Images

A WELL-executed plan to target Michael Clarke with a short delivery has worked to perfection for Pakistan.

Wahab Riaz dug in a short ball which Clarke (8) popped up to Sohaib Maqsood at short leg to leave Australia in a spot of bother at 3/59 from 11 overs.

Riaz (2/11) bounced Shane Watson with his next delivery and clapped aggressively when Watson ducked out of the way.

7.30pm — WARNER FINDS THE FIELDER

David Warner was the second Aussie batsman to fall inside the first 10 overs. Source: Getty Images

A FRUSTRATING David Warner innings came to an end when the Aussie opener sent a catch down to third man off Wahab Riaz.

Warner scored 24 from 23 balls but continually found the fielder as he struggled to click into gear.

Australia is 2/52 from nine overs. Steve Smith has played beautifully to move to 22 not out.

Cricket World Cup: Australia need 214 against Pakistan to reach a world cup semi final with India.

7pm — FINCH FAILS AGAIN

Aaron Finch's last five scores are 14, 4, 24, 20 and 2. Source: Getty Images

AARON Finch's form remains a major worry after the opener was removed LBW by Sohail Khan early in the Australian innings.

Finch hasn't made a score since his tournament-opening ton against England and made his dismissal worse by challenging a decision that was clearly out.

David Warner has looked good on his way to 13 not out. Australia is 1/15 after three overs, chasing 214 to win.

6pm — STARC RIPS INTO WAHAB

Cricket World Cup: Mitchell Starc has engaged in a sledge battle with Pakistan's Wahab Riaz in their quarter-final clash at the Adelaide Oval.

TEMPERS flared late in the Pakistani innings in Australia's World Cup quarterfinal in Adelaide today after Mitchell Starc sledged Wahab Riaz.

Frustrated by Wahab continually missing the ball, Starc was keen to offer a helping hand.

"It's the little white thing," he said. "Try and hit it."

Wahab wasn't happy with the advice and walked down the pitch asking "What? What? What?"

South African umpire Marais Erasmus quickly tried to defuse the situation by telling the players to calm down.

Starc would have the last laugh, removing Wahab for 16 as Australia bowled Pakistan out for 213 in the 50th over.

Starc took 2/40 to regain his position at the top of the World Cup wicket-taking list but it was recalled paceman Josh Hazlewood who stole the show with figures of 4/35 from his 10 overs.

5pm — AFRIDI GOES DOWN SWINGING

Shahid Afridi was as entertaining as ever. Source: AP

AARON Finch took his third catch on the midwicket boundary to remove Shahid Afridi for a quickfire 23.

The Pakistani master blaster scored four boundaries in the 15 balls he faced — including his world record 351st six in a one-dayer.

But he didn't get all of a Josh Hazlewood delivery to leave Pakistan 6/158 from 34 overs.

MOST SIXES IN ODI

351 — Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

270 — Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

230 — Chris Gayle (West Indies)

195 — Sachin Tendulkar (India)

190 — Sourav Ganguly (India)

4.35pm — MAXWELL CHANGES THE GAME

Glenn Maxwell celebrates a wicket with Michael Clarke. Source: AFP

GLENN Maxwell has provided a match-changing spell in the middle period of this game, adding the wicket of Umar Akmal to put Pakistan in trouble at 5/124.

Akmal (20 from 25 balls) sent a rank long hop straight to Aaron Finch on the legside boundary to give the Aussie offspinner his second wicket.

4.25pm — MISBAH, SOHAIL FALL IN QUICK SUCCESSION

Misbah-ul-Haq fell for 34. Source: News Corp Australia

AUSTRALIA has regained control of today's World Cup quarterfinal, removing Misbah-ul-Haq (34) and Haris Sohail (41) to leave Pakistan 4/112.

Glenn Maxwell made the first breakthrough, dismissing Misbah to end a 73-run partnership with Sohail.

Misbah had already hit Maxwell for one six over the legside fence but didn't quite connect while attempting to repeat the dose and was caught on the fence by Aaron Finch.

Three overs later Mitchell Johnson took his first wicket for the match, following a bouncer with a full-pitched delivery which Sohail edged to Brad Haddin.

3.45pm — BAIL GATE

The bail lights up as the ball clips the stump. Source: Supplied

But it settles back into place as Misbah-ul-Haq survives. Source: Supplied

TECHNOLOGY may have cost Australia a wicket at Adelaide Oval, in an incident already branded "bail gate."

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq survived a Josh Hazlewood delivery grazing his leg-stump, with the heavier-than-usual bails lighting up but not dislodged by the impact.

Replays showed the ball deflecting off his thigh pad and coming back onto the stumps.

The bail shifted slightly and flashed but came back and rested.

Australia flirted with the idea of referring the not out decision for lbw but thought better of it.

The light-up bails have been a tremendous innovation for both live and television audiences in Twenty20 and one-day cricket, but it might have cost Australia and Hazlewood the chance to really get on top of Pakistan.

A zing bail is slightly heavier than a standard wooden bail, but lighter than the heavy bails used in windy matches.

The visitors were reeling at 2-24 at the time but have played steadily since to reach 2/65 from 16 overs. Misbah and Haris Sohail are both 21 not out.

- News Corp's Ben Horne

Cricket World Cup: Pakistan have escaped another early wicket after a ball from Josh Hazlewood hit Misbah ul-Haq's leg stump but the bail was not dislodged.

2.55pm — HAZLEWOOD REMOVES SHEHZAD

Josh Hazlewood is off to a fine start. Source: AP

BOTH Pakistani openers are back in the sheds after Josh Hazlewood dismissed Ahmed Shehzad for five.

Shehzad played a loose shot to a wide ball and sent a thick edge to Michael Clarke at second slip to leave Pakistan 2/24.

2.50pm — STARC ENDS BRIGHT PAKISTAN START

Mitchell Starc is continuing his stellar World Cup. Source: News Corp Australia

MITCHELL Starc struck in the fifth over to end a a solid opening stand by Pakistan in today's quarterfinal.

After pulling Starc to the square leg boundary, Sarfraz Ahmed (10) was drawn forward and sent a nick to Shane Watson at slip.

It was a sensational catch by Watson as the ball continued to swerve away from him until the moment it hit his hands.

Pakistan is 1/24 after five overs.

2pm — AUSSIES TO BOWL FIRST

Michael Clarke lost the toss. Source: AFP

PAKISTAN captain Misbah ul-Haq has won the toss and elected to bat first, meaning incoming paceman Josh Hazlewood will have a huge responsibility to make early inroads.

"I'm not that bothered," said Australian skipper Michael Clarke on losing the toss.

"It looks like a beautiful wicket. Josh Hazlewood comes in for Pat Cummins.

"I think all the fast bowlers will (get a lot out of the wicket). They've left a lot of grass on it so hopefully it will swing with the new ball."

- News Corp's Ben Horne

1.30pm — CUMMINS OUT, HAZLEWOOD IN

Hazlewood has been named to play his third game of this World Cup. Source: Getty Images

AUSTRALIA has opted for the extra bounce and accuracy of Josh Hazlewood on what looks like a flat Adelaide Oval deck for its quarterfinal against Pakistan today.

Pat Cummins makes way after taking three wickets in the Aussies' final pool game against Scotland and five wickets overall in his two World Cup outings.

The move was predicted by cricket great Matthew Hayden in his exclusive column for news.com.au.

"I think Hazlewood is a good new ball bowling option for Michael Clarke, bowling a powerful and dependable line and length, and with Watson back in the side who can strengthen our death bowling options, Josh could possibly get as many as seven overs out right up front," Hayden said.

"Pat Cummins is also there and has wicket-taking ability but I feel the side already has those options in Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc. His time will come."

Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke (capt), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

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


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