Friday March 22, 2019
Home India World Cup: Au...

World Cup: Australia beat Pakistan by 6 wickets, set semi-final clash with India

0
//

CAjZHLoUkAAXCBT

By Newsgram Staff Writer

It was an another one-sided encounter in the quarter final of the ICC World Cup with Australian side making it into the semis quite easily.

Australia’s victory keeps them on course for a fifth World Cup victory and sets up a chance to avenge their 2011 quarter-final defeat against India in Sydney on 26th March.

After winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bat and were bundled out for 213. A combination of disciplined bowling from Australia and reckless shots from Pakistani batsmen ensured that the baggy greens were given a modest total to chase.

At one point, Pakistan were cruising at 92-2 before their innings collapsed. Skipper Misbah-ul Haq (34) and Haris Sohail (41) showed some resistance in front of the fiery Aussie pace attack but failed to capitalize on the starts.

Pat Cummins’s replacement Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers for the Aussies with the figures of 4-35.

Chasing the paltry total of 213. Australia also started on a shaky note and were trailing at 59-3 in 10 overs before Steve Smith played a match winning knock of 62. Pakistani bowlers led by pacer Wahab Riaz created a few chances but were let down by the dismal fielding performance from the side from the sub-continent.

Watson’s (4) dropped catch was the turning point of the match and had that opportunity been converted, Australia scorecard would have read 80-4. Watson making most of the lifeline given to him went on to score 64. His partnership with Smith and Watson sealed the game for Australia before Glenn Maxwell’s quick cameo of 44 in 29 ended Pakistan’s World Cup journey.

Australia now play India in the semi-finals at SCG.

 

Next Story

Women of Pakistan Protest Against Workplace Harassment, Child Marriage

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded "the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country"

0
Following this, a National Security Committee was also held to discuss Sharif's
Pakistan Flag, wikimedia commons

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, women took to the streets across Pakistan on Friday to protest against sexual harassment in the workplace, child marriage ‘honour killings, wage inequalities and limited political representation.

Organisers hope that the “aurat march” (women’s march) and “aurat azadi march” (women’s liberation march) will draw attention to the struggle for reproductive, economic, and social justice across in Pakistan, reports the Guardian.

The first “Aurat March” was held last year in Karachi; this time, the rally has been extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana and Hyderabad.

The aim is to reach ordinary women in factories, homes and offices, says Nighat Dad, an “aurat march” organiser in Lahore.

“We want an organic movement by women demanding equal access to justice and ending discrimination of all kinds.”

Speakers at the Lahore march ranged from a woman fighting to reform marriage laws to the women who worked on the landmark Punjab Domestic Workers’ Act — a legislation that outlaws child labour in homes and provides maternity benefits to workers.

Another activist, Leena Ghani, noted that Pakistani women have a history of taking to the streets, famously during military dictator Zia ul-Haq’s martial law in the 1980s.

Krishna Kumari works in her office in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Feb. 12, 2018. VOA

While Pakistan has made major strides towards gender equality, poorer, marginalised women and transgender citizens continue to struggle, Ghani added.

Designer Shehzil Malik created a series of striking posters for the “aurat march” that counter typical representations of Pakistani women as docile and subservient.

Women are also protesting against discriminatory policies in universities, where male and female students are afforded different levels of freedom, the Guardian said.

A Pakistani university recently caused a furore on social media by banning women from wearing skinny jeans and sleeveless shirts.

Also Read- Originality is a Dichotomous Terminology, Says Megastar Amitabh Bachchan

In his message on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to providing women a safe environment so that they could contribute to the country’s development, Dawn news reported.

“We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring women a secure and enabling environment to play their rightful role in our nation’s development.”

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded “the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country”. (IANS)