Matthew Wade (41 not out) and Marcus Stoinis (40 not out) put together a 81-match winning streak from 41 balls in the sixth wicket making damper on the brilliant bowling of leg-spinner Shadab Khan (4 for 26) and Australia reached at the end of ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Australia defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the second semifinal played at Dubai International Stadium. Australia now faces New Zealand in the final, which will feature a new champion. In the first defeat, Pakistan scored 176 out of four and then Australia chased the target in 19 overs losing five wickets. With the exception of Shadab, Shaheen Afridi took one wicket. Shadab’s performance is the best performance of a thrower in the T20 World Cup semi-finals. With this victory, Australia has maintained its ‘unwavering record’ against Pakistan in the ICC’s losing match. This is Pakistan’s first defeat in T20 International cricket since 30 November 2015 in the UAE. Pakistan have already won the last 16 matches in the UAE.
A 177 run target from Pakistan, Australia got off to a good start and Afridi sent captain Aaron Finch to the pavilion without opening an account for the second ball. David Warner (49) and Mitchell Marsh (28) then put up 51 runs in 36 balls for the second wicket. The growing alliance was broken by Shadab by removing Marsh. Marsh hit four fours and six on 22 balls. However, Warner still held one side. But he missed his half-year and only run once and Shadab found him in the hands of wicket keeper Mohammad Rizwan. Warner hit four fours and six in 30 balls. Steve Smith (5) and Glenn Maxwell (7) failed to do much. Australia needed 62 runs in the last 30 balls to play the final against New Zealand and Wade and Stoinis gave Australia a thrilling victory. Stoinis beat four fours and two sixes on 31 balls while Wade beat four fours and six six on 17 balls.
In the past, a year and a half since the opening game of Mohammad Rizwan and back to Fakhar Zaman put Pakistan on a solid level of 176 for four. Rizwan scored 67 runs in 52 balls, which included four fours and six runs. He shared 71 in the first wicket with captain Babar Azam (39 runs off 34 balls) and 72 runs for the second wicket with Fakhar Zaman (55 not out off 32 balls, three fours, four sixes).
Australian athletes, especially Josh Hazlewood, had no control over their balls. He scored 49 runs in four overs. Both his players Adam Zampa (1 out of 22) and Glenn Maxwell (20 runs in three overs) won financially. Mitchell Starc (2 of 38) and Pat Cummins (1 in 30) also took wickets. Babar and Rizwan also made a good start in Pakistan. Babar was in rhythm from the start and took action to get the ball to the limit. Pakistan scored 47 unbeaten in powerplay, which is their highest score in the first six games of the tournament.
Aaron Finch attempted a spin attack in the form of Maxwell in the third straight. Rizwan did not open the account when David Warner threw his hard fish at the border. Rizwan used this and hit six on Hazlewood. But after that, Maxwell and Zampa started forcing, which looked good on the strikers. Babar sweeps the slog under this pressure in the first Zampa leg compression and gives Warner an easy grip for a long time. He hit four of his innings.
As the pressure intensified in Pakistan, Rizwan completed 1000 runs in the T20 Internationals calendar year and hit six per square foot from Zampa. He is the first cricket player in the world to do this. The Starc shooter hit Rizwan’s hat but it did not shake his faith. He also hit six more in Hazlewood in the 14th hour to score more than 100 goals for the team and finish his third round of competition in 41 balls. Rizwan also scored six in this over. Rizwan removed it from Starc but Fakhar was kind. He scored three goals against Starc but Asif Ali (zero) and Shoaib Malik (one) were unable to make a surprise move.