Sydney: Defending a paltry 213 to make it to the World Cup semi-final was always going to be difficult to defend. However, Pakistani players’ butterfingers made it all the more difficult for Misbah-Ul-Haq in the quarter-final against Australia here yesterday.
All that Wahab Riaz wanted was a little support from his teammates as he bend his back with fiery spell. Shane Watson, who went on to score an unbeaten 64, was given a life when batting on four and Australia’s score reading 83-3.
There was everything going for Rahat Ali after getting himself in a great position to pouch Watson’s hook shot. However, to everyone’s shock, Rahat dropped a sitter. Watson remained unbeaten on 64. “It was a crucial moment.
We would have had Watson and a wicket to put more pressure on Australia,” Wahab said about the dropped catch. There was more disappointment for Wahab when he returned for his second spell. Sohail Khan failed to judge Glenn Maxwell’s miscued shot at third man. Maxwell, who got a reprieve on five, went on to score an unbeaten 44 in his team’s six-wicket win.