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James Gheerbrant and Mark Mitchener

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  1. Goodbye

    So, we now know the identity of three of the four semi-finalists. Australia join India and South Africa in the last four - they were made to work hard by Pakistan but ultimately their superior batting and fielding won the day.

    We still haven't had a truly close quarter-final, but that was certainly more thrilling than the first two. You can now read the match report from today's game on our website.

    Join us tonight/tomorrow morning at 00:30 GMT, when co-hosts New Zealand take on West Indies for the final spot in the semis. See you then!

  2. Player reaction

    Pakistan bowler Wahab Riaz on Rahat Ali's dropped catch: "It was a crucial moment. We would have had Watson and a wicket to put more pressure on Australia.

    "We watched how the Australia guys play and had a chat before the game and put plans in place. I knew Watson was not so good with short balls so I knew I had to attack. The plans were successful at times but unfortunately we could not win the game.

    On pace bowler Mohammad Irfan, who missed the defeat through injury: "He is one of our great fast bowlers who leads the attack so not having him in this game was crucial. You cant do anything about it though and the other guys performed well. It is a game of nerves and unfortunately we were not able to win it."

  3. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    What will India have learned from this game ahead of the semi-finals?

    "Australia will be favourites, but when you bat against them, you've got to protect those wickets early on. Australia have not had to face teams with wickets in hand for the last 10 overs. But India will have noticed how Clarke got out. Third man and long leg will be on red alert for Warner, and you can always get Maxwell early. India are fielding much better than Pakistan can, and they'll have to take the chances that come their way."

  4. Captain's view

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I am extremely happy. It was a close game in the end our bowlers did a great job and we were strong in the field. Credit to Pakistan, and Riaz in particular, for the way they bowled. It was the fastest spell I've seen in a long time. You are under pressure the whole time and the way Watson hung in was fantastic. Smith was great today as well."

    On India (Australia's opponents in the last four): "They are in good form and playing well. Dhoni is leading them well. We will aim to be at our best. Our top four needs to bat better than we did today but hopefully we will be on it."

    Michael Clarke
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    Scotty Reynolds: It goes to show how important to Australia it was to beat the rain and win against Scotland. SA would have beaten Aus tonight.

    Ilyas Najib: Misbah and Afridi, thank you for all the wonderful memories, the tuk tuks and boom booms will be missed.

    Aashish: Amazing how fine margins dictate the outcome of a cricket game, Pakistan's Herschelle Gibbs moment proving crucial.

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    Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara: It was a joy to watch Wahab Riaz bowling today. His stats will never reveal how great a spell of fast bowling that was from the Pakistani.

    Wahab Riaz
  7. Captain's view

    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq: "It is disappointing. We wanted to win and progress but Australia deserve it. They bowled well and when it came to batting they did that well too. At one stage 270 or 280 was on but we kept losing wickets."

    On Wahab Riaz: "He bowled his heart out and was a different kind of bowler throughout this tournament. I have never seen a bowler bowling like that and if that catch had been taken who knows what could have happened?

    On Pakistan's World Cup overall: "Losing the first two games and the way we came back and won four in a row was good. Overall the team did well in this tournament."

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    Former Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath: Well played @CricketAus in winning their quarter-final over Pakistan. It was a lot tougher then the score suggests. Bring on the semi-final!!

  9. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We've got three semi-finalists who are three of the best teams in the tournament - if everything goes with the book, New Zealand will join them, as they're close to the top of their game. It's reassuring that we're getting the best teams there, and I hope we get some finishes in the 49th or the 50th over, not the 33rd or 34th. It's been an exciting tournament so far, but that would top it off."

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  10. Post update

    More from coach Darren Lehmann on TMS, on Australia's team selection: "We felt Josh Hazlewood would offer more control with the new ball, Pat Cummins was unlucky as he got wickets against Scotland so we'll have to see what we go with in Sydney. Quarter-finals are always tough and Pakistan have some quality players, but our bowling and fielding was exceptional and that was what won us the game. We'll fly to Sydney, probably have a day off and then get back into training."

  11. Post update

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann on TMS: "An exciting game, they threw everything at us and that spell from Wahab Riaz was one of the best I've seen for a while. Credit to Watto for getting through it, he got a bit fortunate with the dropped catch, but the Smith-Watson partnership was probably the most crucial one in the game. Steve's had an excellent summer, he settled the team down and did the job."

    Steve Smith and Shane Watson
  12. Review of the match

    So, a handsome margin of victory for Australia, even if the manner of the win wasn't always so comfortable. But in truth, Pakistan only very briefly threatened to defend that modest target.

    A superb spell of hostile fast bowling from Wahab Riaz put Australia under pressure, but the dropped catch from Rahat Ali at 83-3 really was crucial. Had he taken it, Australia would have been really under the pump; but he missed it, and from then on, Australia's path to victory was a smooth one.

    Of course, it was with the ball that Australia really won this game. Mitchell Starc was reliably superb with his pace and late swing, and Josh Hazlewood showed his value with four wickets in the third seamer role. Their battery of quicks will be key to their prospects in what looks a mouthwatering semi-final against an in-form India.

  13. Man of the match

    More from Josh Hazlewood on TMS: "We bowled well as a group, Starcy's been outstanding all tournament. We were pretty happy, the wicket was good and we tried to keep attacking and taking wickets. I was a bit nervous at different stages, but our fielding has been outstanding this tournament. Shane Watson's been outstanding, it was great for him to get through that hostile spell."

  14. Man of the match

    Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood, who took 4-35: "I've been bowling well all week so it was good to put it into a game. I was happy to get a game. The wicket was quite good so to keep them to 213 was ideal and the batsmen did well."

    Josh Hazlewood
  15. Semi-final line-up

    So, the semi-final line-up now looks like this:

    • Tuesday 24 March: New Zealand or West Indies v South Africa, Auckland (01:00 GMT)
    • Thursday 26 March Australia v India, Sydney (03:30 GMT)
  16. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Australia are the first team to reach the semi-finals seven times in World Cups. New Zealand may join them tomorrow with seven semi-final appearances."

  17. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You can't argue with that - 16.1 is an awful lot of overs to have left. It looks an absolute cakewalk, and in many ways it was, apart from that spell when Wahab Riaz had the Force with him - that was exceptional fast bowling but he didn't have enough support from the other bowlers or the fielders. It was terrific theatre, but the form book has triumphed again, with just a few hiccups along the way. If only Rahat Ali had held that catch."

    Shane Watson
  18. Final scorecard

    Australia 216-4 from 33.5 overs won by six wickets

    Batsmen: Watson 64, Maxwell 44

    Fall of wickets: 15-1 (Finch 2), 49-2 (Warner 24), 59-3 (Clarke 8), 148-4 (Smith 65)

    Bowling figures: Sohail Khan 7.5-0-57-1, Ehsan Adil 5-0-31-1, Rahat Ali 6-0-37-0, Riaz 9-0-54-2, Afridi 4-0-30-0, Haris Sohail 2-0-7-0

    Pakistan 213 all out: Haris Sohail 41, Hazlewood 4-35, Starc 2-40, Maxwell 2-43

    Pakistan won toss

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  19. Champagne moment


    Australia finish the job in style. Glenn Maxwell backs away and wallops one into the stands at backward point, then Watson hits the winning runs through the covers.

    So Australia have survived a stern examination here, and they go through to the semi-finals to face India.

    Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell
  20. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rajan Gola: Maybe it was a tactical move for Pakistan players to drop catches to avoid looking at the eclipse.

    Rakesh Pradhan: Fielding never was Pakistan's strong point. Can't think of a world class Pakistan fielder.

  21. Six

    Aus 203-4 (target 214)

    Australia are cantering to the finish line now. Shane Watson is now feeling confident enough to take on his nemesis Riaz, and he gets a pull shot right out of the screws, it flies over midwicket for a big six. And then the burly all-rounder piles on the pain, flicking Riaz down to fine leg for four. He has a few words for the bowler too. Riaz responds with a sharp short ball, but Watson can afford to smile as he dips out of the way.

  22. Six

    Aus 193-4

    Maxwell is firing Australia to victory here. He gets a wide one from Ehsan and flays it over the covers for four, then next ball he swivels onto the back foot and bludgeons a pull over the rope at fine leg. That's Australia's first six of the innings.

    Glenn Maxwell
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    Sunday Times cricket correspondent Simon Wilde: Before Australia get too pleased with themselves, they should know that India, New Zealand and South Africa can field.

  24. 50 for Watson

    Aus 183-4

    Shane Watson brings up his half century with a single to midwicket.

    This has been a gutsy knock from Watto. He got a life early on but since then he's batted well, riding the early storm and looking more fluent as the innings has worn on. Can he see Australia through to the close?

    Shane Watson
  25. Aus 182-4 (Watson 49, Maxwell 25)

    Three overs left for Wahab. 18 balls to change the course of this match. Pakistan need a moment of inspiration from their premier fast bowler.

    But it's Australia who are in charge at the moment, and Glenn Maxwell pockets his third boundary with a clip through midwicket. And then an extraordinary shot - Maxwell backs away to leg, the bowler follows him, but somehow he still manages to squeeze a cut-shot through point, eyes closed and falling over. It's not going Pakistan's way at the moment.

    Maxwell moves on to 25 via more orthodox means with a push into the covers for two. Just 32 more needed.

  26. Latest scorecard

    Australia 169-4 from 30 overs (target 214)

    Batsmen: Watson 48, Maxwell 14

    Fall of wickets: 15-1 (Finch 2), 49-2 (Warner 24), 59-3 (Clarke 8), 148-4 (Smith 65)

    Bowling figures: Sohail Khan 7-0-44-1, Ehsan Adil 4-0-20-1, Rahat Ali 6-0-37-0, Riaz 7-0-31-2, Afridi 4-0-30-0, Haris Sohail 2-0-7-0

    Pakistan 213 all out: Haris Sohail 41, Hazlewood 4-35, Starc 2-40, Maxwell 2-43

    Pakistan won toss

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  27. Aus 169-4

    The adrenalin is coursing through Glenn Maxwell's veins at the moment - he goes hard at the first ball of Ehsan's over and gets nothing but fresh air. He continues to trust his attacking instincts though, and gets four with a pull through midwicket.

    Watson looks the more comfortable of the duo, and he collects four with a silky smooth push through the covers. Pakistan need another wicket, and pronto.

    Glenn Maxwell
  28. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Riaz has been exceptional. It needs quite a lot of skill to get those bouncers in the right spot and get them into the body rather than ballooning over or wide. Watson, a vastly experienced player who isn't known for having troubles against the short ball, has struggled.

    "He's got Clarke and Warner out, and would have got Watson and Maxwell out if the fielding had been up to standard. Whoever they come across later in the competition - Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Trent Boult - the short ball is worth a go!"

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  29. Drinks break

    Aus 160-4 (Watson 44, Maxwell 9)

    Maxwell gets off strike with a push into the covers - he can stand at the non-striker's end and reflect on his good fortune. That really was an awful shot in the circumstances - a complete rush of blood to the head. The rest of the over yields a couple more singles, and it's time for drinks.

  30. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was an amazing drop. Sohail's not a great mover, he was never favourite to get that. Poor old Wahab, he should have had two more wickets."

    Sohail Khan
  31. Dropped catch

    Aus 156-4

    Can you believe it? I don't think Wahab Riaz can. He returns to the attack, and with his second ball he induces Glenn Maxwell to play a dreadful unorthodox swipe that flies up in the air to third man, but Sohail Khan can't take the catch running round. Another chance goes down - is that Pakistan's last chance?

    Glenn Maxwell
  32. Aus 153-4 (target 214)

    Afridi's spin is dispensed with, but it's not Riaz, but Rahat who returns to the attack. There's a huge appeal as Maxwell plays at one and the ball goes through to the keeper with a noise, but the umpire correctly rules it was bat on ground. Maxwell plays out five dots, then capitalises on a slightly overpitched final ball with a sweetly-timed drive down the ground. 61 needed now.

  33. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia had a slightly stuttering start to the tournament as they had that win over England, then a rain-out and a week off, so they didn't quite have that early momentum."

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  34. Aus 149-4

    Glenn Maxwell is the new man. He's away first ball with a prod down to third man. Surely Misbah has got to bring back Riaz now? The replays, by the way, show that the wicket ball was just clipping leg stump.

  35. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "No reviews left after Aaron Finch took it early in the contest. Steve Smith might have asked for a look at that one, but he's got to go, and the game is very much still alive. A couple of overs from Riaz might be the order of the day now."

    Steve Smith
  36. WICKET

    Smith lbw b Ehsan 65 (Aus 148-4)

    Lifeline for Pakistan! They've prised the limpet-like Steven Smith from the crease, and it's the returning Ehsan Adil who does the damage. A full ball, maybe a hint of nip back and it hits Smith in front. The appeal is half-hearted at best, but up goes the umpire's finger, and Australia are out of reviews, so Smith has to go!

    Ehsan Adil
  37. Aus 146-3 (Smith 64, Watson 41)

    Thanks Mitch. What a magnificent spell of bowling that was from Wahab Riaz, but at the moment it looks very much like it will all be in vain. Steve Smith, who has exuded assurance today, skips down the track and lofts the innocuous Afridi for a one-bounce four to cow corner. Australia on Easy Street right now.

  38. Aus 139-3

    More left-arm tweak from Haris at the City End, but Watson is drilling him down the ground with ease. Four singles from the over.

    And he may not get his full 25 overs in this innings, but it's time to hand you back to James Gheerbrant for the conclusion of this match.

  39. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no more sting in the bowling without Wahab Riaz. No-one else looks like getting a wicket. He's got four overs left and Pakistan need to get him back on. Australia are doing it as they please at the moment."

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  40. Aus 135-3 (target 214)

    And now it's spin from both ends with Shahid Afridi returning at the Cathedral End, but having weathered that Wahab Riaz-shaped storm, the Aussie pair are finding easy pickings against the other bowlers. Nine from the over, with ones, twos and even a three. Smith up to 55, "Watto" has 39.

    Shane Watson
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    Fenners: Bored of eclipse now. Back to the cricket.

  42. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was compelling. It was as good a spell as I've seen for a long time. Wahab hardly bowled a loose delivery, but you can't help but feel that that dropped catch was a pivotal moment."

  43. Aus 126-3 (Smith 53*, Watson 32*)

    A change of attack as left-arm spinner Haris Sohail is on as Pakistan's sixth bowler, and Australia plunder three singles from a rapid over.

  44. Sensational Smith

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Steve Smith has turned his game around in spectacular fashion since last September.

    "In ODIs to 30 September, 2014 he averaged 20.73 from 38 matches (477 runs and no hundreds or fifties).

    "But since 1 October, 2014 he has averaged 69.08 in 18 matches (898 runs with three centuries and six fifties, including 52* today."

    Steve Smith
  45. Aus 123-3 (target 214)

    Watson moves to 30 with a single - Australia's target is down to 91 from 28 overs (168 balls).

  46. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: The longer this goes on, the more Rahat Ali will be experiencing the Herschelle Gibbs feeling. #headingley99.

  47. Aus 122-3

    One senses that after briefly putting Australia into eclipse, Pakistan's chances of winning are waning a little as Sohail Khan is proving expensive - Watson blasting a four through mid-wicket while the bowler is charged with a couple of wides, making it seven for the innings. Sohail doesn't pose the threat that Riaz did, and Watson happily pulls him for another four.

  48. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Smith has been brilliant all summer. His technique is perfect for Australian wickets. His head is in such a good position. Your feet don't actually need to be that close to the ball as long as your head goes across."

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  49. Smith 50

    Aus 112-3

    Riaz's reign of fire has finished after six overs, but Pakistan keep left-arm seam at the City End, turning back to Rahat Ali - and it's time for Steve Smith to take the applause of the Adelaide Oval crowd as another elegant four through the covers brings up his sixth ODI fifty - and his third of the tournament.

    Steve Smith
  50. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Pete Naylor: Cor. There's some serious drama going on here. Properly good cricket...

    Shane Watson
  51. Latest scorecard

    Australia 105-3 from 20 overs (target 214)

    Batsmen: Smith 48, Watson 20

    Fall of wickets: 15-1 (Finch 2), 49-2 (Warner 24), 59-3 (Clarke 8)

    Bowling figures: Sohail Khan 6-0-33-1, Adil 2-0-8-0, Rahat Ali 4-0-27-0, Riaz 6-0-24-2, Afridi 2-0-14-0

    Pakistan 213 all out: Haris Sohail 41, Hazlewood 4-35, Starc 2-40, Maxwell 2-43

    Pakistan won toss

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  52. Aus 106-3 (Smith 48*, Watson 19*)

    Thanks to those of you who are staying with this game during the eclipse. (Don't forget you can always follow the live text and listen to TMS on your smartphone via the BBC Sport app, and sign up for live wicket alerts).

    Smith pushes Sohail for a single to move within two of his half-century, while Watson threads a four through the covers. A couple more off his legs, a single takes him to 20, and this partnership is worth 49.

  53. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a lot of interaction between the batsmen at a time like this. You've got to buddy up, your partner is your only friend out there. You can feel it in the changing room as well, guys are chewing their fingernails."

    Kevin Pietersen
  54. Remember Riaz?

    Wahab Riaz took five wickets on his Test debut against England at The Oval in 2010, including the scalps of Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen. Later in a turbulent tour, blighted by the spot-fixing scandal, he was involved in an angry fracas with Trott in the nets at Lord's. Inconsistency has limited him to eight Tests, but he has remained an effective, if occasionally expensive, bowler in one-day cricket with 75 wickets at an average of 30.29 before today.

  55. Aus 98-3 (target 214)

    Watson helps himself to a two. For now, he's holding off and winning this battle. Having bowled six overs of raw pace, how long can he keep going?

    Meanwhile, I wonder whether it would take a "Total Eclipse of the ECB" for KP to return to the England side. Bonnie Tyler could come in as coach - England would be encouraged to "turn around" their form, but every now and then they'd fall apart.

    Watch full coverage of the UK solar eclipse with our colleagues from BBC News - and please don't look at the sun directly.

  56. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    England batsman James Taylor: Serious spell this from Wahab!! Some might say that will be a costly drop though.

  57. Aus 96-3

    It's Riaz time again - as the fiery left-arm paceman (who, lest we forget, had a reported dust-up with Jonathan Trott in the nets at Lord's in 2010 when they supposedly threw pads at each other) begins his sixth over, and resumes his short-pitched assault on Shane Watson, though a couple of his bouncers are called wide.

    Shane Watson
  58. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mo: Is this the beginning of an eclipse for the Australia innings?

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  59. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was the right decision to bring the seamer back on, but there's a huge difference between a man bowling 150 kph and a man bowling 135 kph. Look at the way Watson played that from right in front of his nose."

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  60. Aus 93-3 (Smith 46*, Watson 11*)

    It's as though the pressure has eased as Sohail Khan replaces Afridi at the other end, and it's more like the Shane Watson we know as he pulls Sohail for four to move into double figures.

  61. Starc wins bowling vote

    You've chosen Mitchell Starc as the best bowler of the World Cup so far with a whopping 33.8% of the vote.

    Wahab Riaz, currently ruffling Australia's feathers with his fiery pace, was fourth with 8.2% behind Mohammad Shami (12.5) and Daniel Vettori (9.6). Thanks to everyone who voted - read the terms and conditions here.

  62. Aus 88-3 (target 214)

    Smith fends off a single, now there's a silly point as well as a short leg for the under-fire Watson. He forces another off his body - safely this time. Riaz comes down the wicket to exchange a word or two. Finally he manages to ease the pressure with a two through square leg. Riaz has 2-19 from five overs, but that doesn't begin to tell the tale of this spell.

    Wahab Riaz
  63. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Zigzag: That drop right there, is why Pakistan won't win the World Cup. Far too inconsistent in the field.

    Ilyas Najib: Seeing that catch dropped is heartbreaking, a whole nation has been left deflated.

  64. Aus 84-3

    Smith plays the ball back to Riaz, who throws it staight back at the stumps (where it hits), even though Watson had made no attempt to leave his crease. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena comes to have a word with Riaz along the lines of "there's no need for that, old son".

  65. Post update

    Peter Walsh

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You could feel the Pakistani people standing ready to applaud. But they couldn't applaud, because the ball bounced straight out of Rahat's hands."

  66. Dropped catch

    Aus 84-3

    Watson pulls Riaz, it goes high in the air over long leg and is dropped by Rahat Ali! Huge chance - and he shelled it. Watson picks up a single. What a game.

    Rahat Ali
  67. Aus 83-3 (Smith 44*, Watson 4*)

    The helmeted short leg stays in place for Afridi's second over, but ventures in a little closer. The nervy Watson is proceeding in singles, but Smith picks up his fifth boundary with a wristy on-drive. A couple of twos take the youngster (can I still call him that? Despite his youthful looks, he'll be 26 in June) to 44.

  68. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne: Pakistan quick bowlers are on fire here in Adelaide! Game on, I still feel Australia will win though, but it's nice to see Pakistan fire. Agree?

  69. Aus 74-3 (target 214)

    Watson, back on the crease fends another one off safely - then another short ball flies off the splice over slip and safely down to short third man. Get the fly slip in, Misbah!

  70. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson is not a player who usually takes a backward step against seam bowling, but he's playing these balls from well within the crease."

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  71. Ouch!

    Aus 73-3

    Riaz to charge in again, Misbah has handed the helmet to an underling who is standing well back at short leg, a couple of pitches' width away. Smith works a single, allowing Riaz to test Watson with the short ball again - and hits him on the glove as he tries to withdraw the bat. Gripping stuff.

    Shane Watson
  72. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is brilliant for World Cup cricket. Wahab is a competitor, he's the kind of person who lifts your team. Steve Smith is playing with total calmness though."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon.

  73. Post update

    Stand by - as the players take drinks, Kevin Pietersen is back on TMS...

  74. ICC statement on no-ball row

    In yesterday's quarter-final between India and Bangladesh, there was a moment of controversy when Indian opener Rohit Sharma was caught on 90 but given a reprieve when Rubel Hossain's full toss was ruled to be a no-ball. Rohit went on to make 137 to propel India to a match-winning total of 302. Following the game, the International Cricket Council's Bangladeshi president Mustafa Kamal criticised the umpires' integrity and threatened to quit.

    In response, chief executive David Richardson said in a statement: "The ICC has noted Mr Mustafa Kamal's comments, which are very unfortunate but made in his personal capacity. As an ICC president, he should have been more considerate in his criticism of ICC match officials, whose integrity cannot be questioned.

    "The no-ball decision was a 50-50 call. The spirit of the game dictates that the umpire's decision is final and must be respected. Any suggestion that the match officials had 'an agenda' or did anything other than perform to the best of their ability are baseless and are refuted in the strongest possible terms."

    Rohit Sharma
  75. Aus 72-3 (Smith 35*, Watson 2*)

    Time for spin - Shahid Afridi, playing his last ODI today if Pakistan are knocked out, is on to bowl his array of fast leg breaks. After a single from Smith, a fielding helmet is summoned, and with the other fielders seemingly reluctant, it's 40-year-old captain Misbah-ul-Haq crouching down under the lid at short leg. Leading by example. And after all that delay, Australia effortlessly plunder some ones and twos - 142 more needed from 36 overs, and time for drinks - and some news from the ICC...

  76. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The pitch is not doing much but Wahab Riaz is bowling with real hostility. It's easy to get the ball flying up above head height, but to get the ball whizzing through at neck and shoulder height takes real skill."

  77. Aus 67-3 (target 214)

    Riaz has wickets in each of his first two overs (and he's up for 16 for the tournament, two behind Mitchell Starc's 18), can he snaffle a third? A Smith single brings Watson back on strike and you guessed it, Riaz tries another bouncer which the tall right-hander ducks as it whizzes past his elbow.

    Another short ball is evaded, this time down the leg side, and Riaz may be testing the umpire's patience here with this short-pitched attack. The last ball whistles past his helmet grille as he gets his gloves out of the way and Watson has survived a very fierce over.

    Wahab Riaz
  78. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Steve Smith looks pretty calm still. Poor old Misbah, he's 40 years old and he chased that pretty well, but he was never going to get there."

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  79. Aus 65-3 (Smith 29*, Watson 1*)

    Poor old Watson, playing at his fourth World Cup, has been shunted up and down the batting order for Australia in recent times but will now have to hold off a hostile spell here. He's off the mark with a single, but Smith still looks in excellent touch, carving a four through the covers which beats veteran skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to the boundary.

  80. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kishin Mahtani: Australia the new chokers. Game on Pakistan... India must be relishing to meet Pakistan again so they can thrash them one more time.

    Jay: The Aussies are rattled! The look on Watson's face after the bouncer said it all. Absolutely loving this.

  81. Aus 59-3 (target 214)

    More short stuff from the fiery Riaz, who pings in a bouncer at new batsman Shane Watson, before coming down the wicket and clapping (clapping himself, it seems) - no doubt hoping to get the Pakistan fans going. He certainly doesn't think Pakistan are out of this.

    Wahab Riaz
  82. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Wahab Riaz has bowled a lot of short balls and they're getting wickets. It was at the body, and Michael Clarke didn't quite know how to react. We've seen it before from Clarke."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon.

  83. WICKET

    Clarke c Maqsood b Riaz 8 (Aus 59-3)

    Three down - Clarke fends off a short ball from Wahab Riaz and pops an easy catch to the man placed for that shot at short mid-wicket. Don't touch that dial - this game is not done yet!


    Pakistan players celebrate
  84. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rana W U Rehman: Being a Pakistan fan is a journey through Hell and sometime back to Heaven. A Miracle today?

    Gurjeet Johal: Just checking in with the score. Not enough runs on the board but you never know, stranger things have happened.

  85. Latest scorecard

    Australia 56-2 from 10 overs (target 214)

    Batsmen: Smith 22, Clarke 7

    Fall of wickets: 15-1 (Finch 2), 49-2 (Warner 24)

    Bowling figures: Sohail Khan 4-0-20-1, Adil 2-0-8-0, Rahat Ali 3-0-20-0, Riaz 1-0-8-1

    Pakistan 213 all out: Haris Sohail 41, Hazlewood 4-35, Starc 2-40, Maxwell 2-43

    Pakistan won toss

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  86. Aus 56-2 (target 214)

    So, Australia have skipper and anointed future skipper together at the crease. Rahat Ali has a leg gully in place for Clarke, for the last over of the fielding restrictions. The Aussies add a brace of twos to the score, and must still fancy their chances from here.

  87. Aus 52-2 (Smith 22*, Clarke 3*)

    Michael Clarke is the new batsman, he's scored 12, 68 and 47 so far at this World Cup (along with a DNB). He opens his account with a two to push Australia past 50 and a single to keep the strike.

  88. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a good catch by Rahat. It went quickly towards him, he ran in towards it and took it around knee height. I reckon as many people have been caught at third man in this tournament as at first slip."

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    Pakistan celebrate
  89. WICKET

    Warner c Rahat b Riaz 24 (Aus 49-2)

    Warner pushes Wahab Riaz's first ball for three, and after being tested with a bouncer which is called wide, Warner uppercuts another short ball and is pouched at third man - Riaz has his man.


    Wahab Riaz
  90. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's always interesting, Wahab Riaz. He'll gallop in and bowl quickly, and he might stir someone up. Things happen when he has the ball in his hand. The battle between him and Warner a good temperamental clash. Both of them are out to smash the other as best they can."

  91. Aus 44-1 (target 214)

    Australia are rattling along at pace here, Pakistan are obliged to have two catchers somewhere in the first 10 overs, and after Smith forces another two, second slip is moved to short mid-wicket, but he picks off another two wide of extra cover - Smith has 21 from 22 balls, and Warner has an almost-identical 21 from 21.

    David Warner
  92. Aus 40-1 (Warner 21*, Smith 17*)

    Sohail to continue from the City End but Smith, with scores of 95 and 72 in his last two knocks, is still in the zone, knocking his third boundary through the covers.

  93. Aus 35-1 (target 214)

    Rahat's left-arm seam presents a different angle of attack, but the runs continue to flow as Smith executes an immaculate cover drive for four right out of the MCC coaching manual, which has former skipper Allan Border purring with approval on TMS. The young right-hander plunders another three through mid-wicket, he looks in excellent form.

  94. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jay: I'd love for someone to ask KP to list some of the concrete things Colin Graves has done for Yorkshire.

  95. Aus 27-1

    With Pakistan attempting to defend a low total, we can expect plenty of bowling changes - and it's time for Rahat Ali to take over at the Cathedral End - also known as the end where the famous old scoreboard still sits (despite the redevelopment of the rest of the ground). Warner shows a taste for the unorthodox by slapping Rahat's first ball for four over extra cover with a horizontal bat.

    David Warner
  96. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Steve Smith is so good at working the ball off his pads through that midwicket region. The perfect line to bowl to him is at a second off stump - you can't bowl at the stumps because he will work you into the on-side."

  97. Aus 23-1 (target 214)

    Warner gets a new giant axe brought out by the 12th man between overs. But Smith is off the mark with a well-timed wristy flick through square leg for four. A couple of singles mean it's six off the over and with a required run rate only a shade over four, that's just fine for Australia.

  98. Aus 17-1 (Warner 15*, Smith 0*)

    A spring in Pakistan's step as they shuttle round the Adelaide Oval between overs. Ehsan keeps it tight against Warner for most of the over, but the pugnacious left-hander eventually finds the gap between cover and backward point for a scampered two. He ends the over having what appears to be a staring contest with Umar Akmal.

  99. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Khal: Guys it's Misbah's 2015 not Imran's 1992, was different class of players then. Unfortunately Pakistan don't have the mental agility to handle pressure.

  100. Aus 15-1 (target 214)

    Steve Smith, now the golden boy of Australian cricket who won just about every award going at their recent Allan Border Medal ceremony, is in at three. He shows Sohail a straight bat and sees out the over.

  101. Post update

    Allan Border

    Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a poor review. It's obvious that Aaron Finch isn't sure where his stumps are at the moment. He had that fantastic innings against England in the first game but has struggled since then. It was good bowling from Sohail Khan, he stands the seam up nicely."

    Aaron Finch
  102. WICKET

    Finch lbw b Sohail Khan 2 (Aus 15-1)

    There's no inside edge, the ball-tracker shows it cannoning into middle and leg and Finch is back in the hutch. Game on.


    Sohail Khan
  103. Umpire review

    Finch hit in front, umpire Dharmasena raises his finger straight away, and after a chat with his partner, Finch (who had only just got off the mark with a two through the covers) invokes the DRS...

  104. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Pakistan have defended totals of 220 or fewer more often than any other teams in ODIs: a total of 58.

    "Second are Australia with 51 and third New Zealand with 36."

  105. Aus 13-0

    Warner sees off the rest of the over, examining the toe-end of his axe-like bat between deliveries.

    David Warner
  106. Email

    Aaron, Northamptonshire: It shocks me that England have fallen so far behind. With Graves saying Pietersen could be back and others saying he hasn't a chance and now Cook criticising the hierarchy, it shames the game, England need reeled in and chances need to be taken with other players.

    Julian, Surrey: KP made himself unselectable by publishing a book in which he slags off his team-mates. I'd be asking him to publicly retract the whole thing and give the financial proceeds to charity before considering reinstatement if I was Colin Graves.

  107. Aus 13-0 (Warner 13*)

    With the success of left-arm seamers at this World Cup, Pakistan will certainly rue having lost Junaid Khan and the giant Mohammad Irfan to injury. So for now, it's right-arm seam at both ends as Ehsan Adil takes the second over and after a two through mid-wicket, another attacking stroke from Warner flies off an edge past the slips for four. Don't expect this to go 50 overs.

  108. Appeal - not out

    Aus 7-0 (target 214)

    Left-hander Warner pushes the ball past the tumbling - or was that dawdling? - captain Misbah-ul-Haq at extra cover, and that's away for four. A three off his legs brings the chunky Aaron Finch on strike, there's a big appeal for lbw from Sohail but they decide against a review. Looked a bit high, and the ball-tracker says it would have been "umpire's call" for clipping the top of the bails, so the review would have been wasted.

    Sohail Khan
  109. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Snookered 147: Against any team other than Pakistan 213 would be a doddle for Australia. I still expect an Aussie win but it could be tense.

    DrHolmes: C'mon Pakistan show some fight Enough with the one-sided quarter-finals.

  110. Aus 0-0

    Sohail Khan takes the first over for Pakistan, and Aussie hearts are in mouths for the second ball of the innings as Warner gets a thick inside edge and nearly chops onto his stumps...

  111. Post update

    It might be interesting to see - if KP (hypothetically) does start tearing up Division Two, how certain pundits will react. I know at least one popular figure in the media has categorically stated a number of times that "Division Two runs don't count"... yet will he want KP back?

    Anyway, away from the soap opera, we're ready to resume in Adelaide. Aaron Finch and David Warner striding out for Australia.

  112. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We've been away from home so long that we haven't heard much about the General Election. But all the politics around Pietersen is much more interesting. Surrey will start the season in Cardiff on 19 April - but if KP signs for them, will he go out and score second-division runs in abundance? Rightly or wrongly, this will dominate a lot of the cricketing talk in England."

  113. England: the soap opera

    Who needs EastEnders when you've got the England cricket team? Not content with getting knocked out of the World Cup embarrassingly early, England seem determined to stay in the headlines for the wrong reasons. In the last few days alone, we've seen Test captain Alastair Cook criticize the selectors for dropping him as ODI skipper just two months before the start of the World Cup and a seeming lack of communication between the hierarchy at the ECB over Kevin Pietersen's international future.

    As former England skipper Michael Vaughan told TMS: "It is a soap opera. If any producer is willing, make a movie." You can read an offbeat look at England's "soap opera" on the BBC Sport website: does Captain Cook fill the role of Dirty Den or Arthur Fowler?

    England coach Peter Moores (right) with ODI captain Eoin Morgan
  114. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I feel like Donald Rumsfeld on this Pietersen situation - we have 'known unknowns' and 'unknown unknowns'. Clearly there are mixed messages coming out of the ECB: Pietersen has been speaking to Colin Graves, but the chairman of selectors James Whitaker has said several times that 'he is not part of our plans'. It's quite hard to envisage Pietersen playing for England with the current management team in place. But if they have a disastrous time in the Caribbean, that might be the catalyst for significant changes."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon.

  115. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kishin Mahtani: All the quarter-finals have been one sided and boring. Australia to chase this in 30-35 overs.

  116. Clarke not planning ODI retirement

    His back may be knackered and his hamstrings giving him stick, but Aussie skipper Michael Clarke is adamant that he will not be retiring from ODI cricket at the end of this World Cup. Clarke missed Australia's opening World Cup victory over England, but has forced his way back into the side, helping them to victories over Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Scotland, with scores of 68 and 47 against the last two respectively. Speaking before today's game, the 33-year-old had this to say to his doubters...

    "I have played over 200 one-dayers and over 100 Test matches so it hasn't stopped me to date. I don't think it will do after this series either."

    Michael Clarke
  117. Email

    Evan Byrne: Given that KP thinks he should have a face-to-face meeting with Colin Graves about being reinstated (or should that be re-reintegrated?), I would encourage Michael Carberry and Nick Compton to go on national media to say that they would like a face to face with Colin Graves, too. They might like to point out that they would not undermine the captain or try to have the coach sacked...

  118. Reborn in the ECB?

    If you weren't with TMS earlier, guest summariser Kevin Pietersen has been speaking further about his hopes of returning to the England team. He says returning in this summer's Ashes would like being "reborn".

    Pietersen said: "I have had conversations with the chairman [incoming ECB chief Colin Graves] but I think what we need to do is sit down and do it face to face. I don't think me speaking on a telephone is the way forward in making big decisions.

    "I love what Colin Graves has done for Yorkshire. It's an exciting time so to be part of that would be amazing."

    You can read more from KP on the BBC Sport website.

  119. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Haris Hameed: Pakistan scored 212 in 1992 and won. This time they have gone one run better and scored 213. Hoping for another win.

    Muhammad Tausif: Pakistan's 200 = Rest of the world 300.

  120. Post update

    Having checked in with Graeme Swann in Wellington, TMS are now looking back at the 1992 World Cup, when Imran Khan's "cornered tigers" won the final for Pakistan against England. It's arguably all been downhill for England in ODI cricket since then...

  121. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    On New Zealand v West Indies tomorrow:

    "New Zealand have never been an easy team to beat, but the difference between 11 characters who believe in themselves and 11 really down on confidence is the difference between New Zealand and England. I believe Vettori could make the difference for New Zealand as Australia have never done well against him. He's not really tried to spin the ball for the past five years, he's very canny and can bowl absolutely anywhere."

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  122. Post update

    Thanks, James. So, co-hosts Australia to breeze it, or ever-unpredictable Pakistan to pull off a big shock? Let us know what you think.

    While you're taking part in our "best bowler" vote, feel free to text, tweet or email us with your selection - and your reasons why. Any Scots or Somerset fans out there making a case for Josh Davey?