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#AUSvPAK | Australia post 193 against Pakistan. Here's what it means for the points table and India

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:03 IST

It is often said that a wounded tiger is at its most dangerous. That was quite the case with the Pakistani cricket team in the first innings against Australia at Mohali, in what is a do or die match for the men in green.

Pakistan has had a forgettable tournament so far, losing to India and New Zealand. Yet they still find themselves in contention for a semi-final spot if they beat Australia, and the result of the India vs Australia match goes in their favour.

And they certainly looked like a completely different side to the one that had taken to the field in the losses against New Zealand and India. The bowlers were running in harder, and the fielders were willing to throw themselves about the field to save precious runs. Perhaps the prospect of bowing out of the tournament in the first round itself, in their arch rivals' territory was beginning to dawn on them.

However, Australia aren't world champions for nothing, albeit in the 50 over format. After the fiery pace of Wahab Riaz and the wily spin bowling of Imad Wasim had Australia reeling at 57 - 3, it was the Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith show.

Both batsmen showed remarkable composure to steady the ship, and quietly went about rotating the strike. Blink once, and you'd find five runs added to the scoreboard. Without hitting big shots, the batsmen accelerated Australia's score to 119 when Maxwell fell for 30. Shane Watson, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, walked in next to start from where Maxwell left.

Some industrious play by Smith, coupled with some typical big hitting from Watson propelled Australia's score to 193 . The question now is, can Pakistan chase the score to keep their hopes in the tournament alive? And what does the outcome of this match mean for India?

Let's break things down a little further, here is what the current points table in group 2 looks like -

group 2 points

If Australia beats Pakistan today, it will be a virtual quarterfinal encounter between India and Australia in the next match to decide which team books their place in the semi-final. Pakistan will stand eliminated.

However if Pakistan manage to chase down Australia's target, they put themselves in a very good position to qualify by climbing up to second spot by virtue of a higher net run rate. For India or Australia to qualify, both sides would hope to beat each other by a margin that is big enough to exceed Pakistan's net run rate in the next match.

Clearly, there is still a lot to play for in Group 2 in the ICC World T20.

First published: 25 March 2016, 4:48 IST