Australia win at last
Australia mixed and matched their side and rested their captain but kept their mathematical hopes alive by beating eighth-seed Pakistan comfortably by 107 runs in Bankstown on Monday. They rediscovered some batting and bowling form to wither Pakistan, but the underdogs' approach was more encouraging than the bare numbers suggest.
Where Australia were largely muted -- despite their most complete game in reaching 229 for 6 on a slow outfield and then managing to take a rare early wicket before inducing a total collapse -- Pakistan, and their supporters, were so joyous you could have been forgiven for thinking they were the victors.
Their brave young side played with spirit and their stylishly attacking top-order batsmen caught many an eye. But the home team stuck to their task and easily dismissed them for 122 as their superior experience told.