Australia batted and bowled aggressively to beat Pakistan by 21 runs to send the 2009 champions out of the World Twenty20 at Mohali on Friday, earning a virtual quarter-final contest with hosts and title favourites India two days later.
Skipper Steve Smith hit a 43-ball 61 not out with seven boundaries while Shane Watson smashed a quickfire 21-ball 44 with four boundaries and three sixes to set up their team’s solid 193-4 in 20 overs.
That was too tough for Pakistan as they failed to find a big 25-plus run over in their innings with Kahlid Latif top scoring with 41-ball 46 while Umar Akmal (32) and Sharjeel Khan scored 30 but Pakistan were short on the chase.
That left Pakistan out of the race for semi-finals as they managed just two points in four games while Australia will play India in the last Group two match also in Mohali on Sunday.
Latif did give Pakistan some hopes after Sharjeel hit six boundaties in his 19-ball knock but none of the other batsmen could last long.
Shahid Afridi, playing his last international match, hit two sixes in his 7-ball 14 but tried one shot too many to be stumped off leg spinner Adam Zampa.
James Faulknare finished with 5-27.
Smith held the innings together after Australia were struggling at 57-3.
Paceman Wahab Riaz struck twice in successive overs, with wickets of Usman Khawaja (21) and David Warner (nine) while Imad Wasim dismissed Aaron Finch (15 in his first.
Smith added 62 in six overs with Glenn Maxwell who hit a robust 17-ball 30 with three fours and a six before he holed out off Wasim in the 14th over.
Smith found an able ally in Shane Watson ( as the two lifted the tempo in the last ten overs, adding 98 in the last eight and 66 in the last five.
Watson hit Mohammad Amir for 17 runs in the 17th over with two boundaries and a six and another 15 were scored in the next.
Wahab, who missed the last game with a neck injury, finished with 2-35 and Imad Wasim took 2-32. Mohammad Sami went for 53 runs in his four overs.