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Australia pull off a heist against Pakistan to make it to the finals of the T20 World Cup

  • Australia breaks Pakistani hearts by knocking them out of the T20 World Cup to make their first T20 WC final since 2010.

  • Matthew Wade 41(17)* and Marcus Stoinis 40(31)* powered Australia to victory after David Warner 49(30) set it up for them.

  • Fifties from Mohammad Rizwan 67(52) and Fakhar Zaman 55(32)* and a four-wicket haul for Shadab Khan were enough in vain.

  • There will be a first-time winner of the T20 WC as Australia will now take on New Zealand in the final.



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Both Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik were fit to play the match after they missed training on the eve of the match owing to flu symptoms.


Both teams haven't made any changes to their playing XI from their previous games.


Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi


Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood


Warner, Wade and Stoinis shine for Australia


After winning the toss and electing to field, Australia was set a target of 177. The pitch was good for batting but the pressure was firmly on Australia. Shaheen Afridi was on fire once again as he dismissed the Australian captain Aaron Finch for a golden duck.


Warner and Mitch Marsh 28(22) then tried to counterattack the Pakistani bowling. Warner took advantage of the matchup with left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, hitting a six and a couple of boundaries. Mitch Marsh used the pace of Haris Rauf to good effect, smashing him for a six and a four. Australia were a respectable 52 for 1 after the powerplay.




Shadab Khan worked his magic with the crucial wickets of Mitch Marsh and Steve Smith 5(6). Warner kept Australia in the game with some timely boundaries. But he too was dismissed by Shadab, caught behind by the keeper. He opted out of the review but replays show that there was daylight between bat and ball. Maxwell too was dismissed by Shadab and Australia was in deep trouble at 96 for 5.



Australia needed 62 of the last 5 overs. Stoinis was the initial enforcer as he hit Haris Rauf for a six and a four. Then the Matthew Wade show began as he took apart Hasan Ali for 15 runs. Needing 22 of the last 2 overs, Shaheen Afridi came into the attack. He could have got Wade but Hasan Ali dropped the catch. Wade then punished Afridi with three sixes in a row to finish the game with an over to spare.


Mohammad Rizwan continued good run; Fakhar Zaman finds form in crucial game


Rizwan and Babar Azam 39(34) once again gave Pakistan a good start. Both batsmen hit some lovely drives and Pakistan scored 47 for no loss in the powerplay.




The introduction of the spinners Adam Zampa and Maxwell stopped the scoring rate a bit. Especially Zampa, who bowled with very good control and lines and lengths. He got his reward by getting the wicket of Babar Azam. Australia continued to apply the pressure as Pakistan was at 92 for 1 after 13 overs.


Rizwan and later Fakhar Zaman upped the scoring rate with some big shots to take Pakistan to 176.


Australia will now take on New Zealand in the final to get their hands on a first T20 World Cup. Pakistan will be slightly disappointed with the result after playing so well in the Super 12 stage.



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