In the second semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Australia reached the final by defeating Pakistan in a thrilling match.
In pursuit of the target of 177 runs, Australia’s first wicket fell on one run only.
After the captain’s dismissal, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh started batting smoky.
However, Australia’s second wicket fell to 52 in the case of Mitchell Marsh who scored 28 off 22 balls.
Australia suffered their third loss in the form of Smith, who was caught by Shadab Khan for 5 off 77 balls.
David Warner continued to score runs but he was caught by Shadab Khan at 89 by the keeper.
Pakistan’s fifth victory came in the form of Glenn Maxwell who scored 7 runs and he was also caught out by Shadab Khan on a total of 96.
However, after that Marcus Stevens and Matthew Wade took Australia to the final without taking the Pakistani bowlers into consideration.
Marcus Stevens played an unbeaten innings of 40 off 31 balls while Matthew Wade, who was at the other end with him, played an innings of 41 off 17 balls and finished the match and became the man of the match.
For Pakistan, Shadab Khan bowled well and took 4 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs.
Earlier in the match played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Australia won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first.
Pakistani openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan gave a brilliant start of 71 runs for the team.
In the tenth over of the innings, Babar Azam was dismissed for 39 off 34 balls and the national team suffered its first loss at 71.
After the departure of the captain, Mohammad Rizwan continued to lead the innings by demonstrating responsible batting.
Mohammad Rizwan Mitchell Starc was caught with a big shot, he played a brilliant innings of 67 runs off 52 balls.
In the closing moments, this time Fakhr Zaman was called and he played a smoky innings of 55 runs off 32 balls with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes.
This time Asif Ali scored no runs while Shoaib Malik was dismissed for one run. Muhammad Hafeez remained unbeaten on one run.
Australia’s Mitchell Starc took two wickets while Adam Zampa and Pat Kumz took one wicket each.
The winner of the semi-final will face New Zealand for the trophy in the final.
On the occasion of the toss, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that we will try to make a big score on the board by batting first.
He also said that we are trying to play good cricket, UAE is our backyard, we know the conditions here very well.
“I think it’s the best wicket and it doesn’t look like it will change later,” said Australia captain Aaron Finch.
The Pakistan team consisted of captains Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhr Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Emad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.
The Australian team consisted of captains Aaron Finch, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stevens, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starr and Josh Hazelwood.
The national team qualified for the semi-finals by defeating all the teams in its group, including event finalists New Zealand and India.
The Australian team, on the other hand, suffered defeat at the hands of England only in the group matches while it beat all the other rivals.