New Delhi: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Friday failed to capitalise on a lucky escape against Australia in their 2015 ICC World Cup quarter-final match in Adelaide. Pacer Josh Hazlewood seemed to have bowled him, when Pakistan was stuttering at 24 for two, but the bail didn't fall despite the delivery hitting the stumps.
The 41-year-old, who is yet to score a ODI hundred in 162 outings, could only managed 34 runs as Pakistan were folded for a below-par 213 runs. Australia, after an early wobble, won the match by six wickets to set-up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with defending champions.
Hazlewood, who was later adjudged Man of the Match for his spell of 4 for 35, was unlucky not to get the prize wicket of Misbah. The Pakistan skipper had only faced one ball, before the third delivery of fifth over, and another wicket would mean mess for the batting side. But the bail didn't come off after the ball kissed the leg stump. It left illuminated for a while after moving a bit in the groove to the dismay of the fielding team and the majority of the crowd at Adelaide Oval.
Earlier, during Ireland's Pool B match with the United Arab Emirates, Ed Joyce received a similar reprieve at a personal score of 16 runs against at the Gabba. The Irish batsman went on to score 37 runs in a winning cause.
With Friday's defeat, Pakistan exit cricket's flagship tournament and the team already started receiving criticism from its fanatic fans back home. Misbah, who is regarded as one of the most consistent batsmen, will probably retire without a hundred in his name. His career best score is an unbeaten 96 against the West Indies in 2013.