Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said on Thursday his unbeaten knock of 64 runs against Pakistan in the World Cup quarter-final is the "most important innings" of his One-Day International career as he was plain "lucky" to survive the hostile spell from Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz.
Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz was fined 50 percent of his match fee while Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was penalised 15 percent of his after their angry clash in Friday`s World Cup quarter-final.
The Yellow brigade overcame Asian giants Pakistan in a pulsating quarter-final clash of the ICC World Cup 2015 at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Although Pakistan scored a paltry 213 runs, Australia were in a spot of bother caused by Wahab Riaz but poor fielding saw the game go in favour of the hosts and register a place in the semi-final against India.
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.
Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin was involved in a controversy on Friday when he knocked off Pakistani Umar Akmal's bails in the 26th over of their innings and appealed for the batsman's dismissal in the cricket World Cup quarter-final here.
Pakistan would have hoped to bowl and field well after a sorry batting performance against Australia their quarter-final against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. Though they ticked off the bowling mark with Wahab Riaz firing in, their fielding let them down as two dropped catches proved costly in the end.
Four-time former champions Australia set up an explosive semifinal clash against title-holders India in the cricket World Cup semifinal after comprehensively beating Pakistan by six wickets in the mega-event's third quarterfinal here on Friday.
Australia captain Michael Clarke will approach Friday`s World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan like a final, saying he expected a "tough challenge" from Misbah-ul-Haq`s men in the make-or-break game.
Pakistan's cricket community of former Test players are in favour of the national team management playing senior batsman Younis Khan in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Adelaide on Friday.