Colombo: Australia reached the World Twenty20 semifinals despite a 32-run loss to Pakistan in the Super Eights on Tuesday.
Pakistan scored 149 for 6 off its 20 overs but Australia gave up chasing the win after Shane Watson and David Warner were dismissed for 8 each. Instead, Australia went after the 112 runs it needed to seal a place in the last four, and finally got there when Mike Hussey hit a boundary off fast bowler Umar Gul with the first ball of the last over.
Australia ended up on 117 for 7, suffering its first loss in the tournament, and Pakistan's semi-finals fate depended on the last Super Eights match, and whether India could convincingly beat already-eliminated South Africa to overtake Pakistan.
Australia faltered chasing 150 against Pakistan but they've qualified for the semi-finals on the basis of superior run-rate.
Earlier, Nasir Jamshed hit 55 off 46 balls to steer Pakistan to 149 for 6. The left-hander smashed four boundaries and two sixes after Pakistan, who were sent in to bat on a slow pitch at the Premadasa stadium, had lost the openers by the sixth over. Jamshed put on 79 off 55 balls for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal, who made 32 before both batsmen were dismissed in the space of three deliveries.
Abdul Razzaq marked his return to the side in place of Yasir Arafat to make 22 from 17 balls. Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 3 for 20 for Australia.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was leg-before to Starc in the second over, before Imran Nazir was snapped up at mid-off when he mis-hit a drive off Shane Watson. Jamshed reached his half-century with a boundary off Brad Hogg and celebrated the landmark by lofting the next ball for a six to bring up 100 of the innings. He was caught in the deep trying to hit spinner Xavier Doherty out of the ground in the 15th over. Two balls later, Kamran Akmal was dismissed in Starc's next over.