Australia vs Pakistan ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Second Semi Final November 11 Dubai Match Report 2021

Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade scored quickfire cameos as Australia defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in the second semifinal in Dubai on Thursday.

After being asked to bat first by Australia skipper, openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam got Pakistan off to a fantastic start. The pair added 71 runs for the opening wicket before the latter was caught at long on by David Warner off Adam Zampa for 39.

Rizwan was involved in yet another 72 run stand alongside Fakhar Zaman before the former perished to Mitchell Starc for a well made 67.

Asif Ali (0) and Shoaib Malik (1) both fell cheaply in quest of some quick runs.

However Zaman in the end smashed Starc for consecutive sixes in the final over to lift Pakistan to 176/4 in their allotted 20 overs.

Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with figures of 2/38, while Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa claimed a solitary wicket.

Chasing 177, Australia started disastrously by losing skipper Aaron Finch leg before wicket to Shaheen Shah Afridi in the very first over.

The pair of David Warner and Mitchell Marsh stitched together a 51 run stand for the second wicket before the latter top edged a Shadab Khan delivery to Asif Ali at deep square leg.

Shadab dealt Australia a massive blow by sending the dangerous Warner back for 49. The left hander walked off thinking he had edged a delivery but replays showed that there was no nick.

Glenn Maxwell fell cheaply leaving Australia in a spot of bother at 96/5.

Marcus Stoinis (40)* and Matthew Wade (41)* bailed Australia out of trouble with a magnificent unbeaten 81 run stand for the sixth wicket.

With 22 needed off 12 balls, Wade smashed three sixes off Afridi in the penultimate over to take Aussies to a famous win.

Wicket keeper Matthew Wade was declared the Man of the Match.

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