Dubai. Wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade, playing in a stormy manner, took Australia to the final of the T20 World Cup-2021. In the second semi-final played in Dubai, Australia defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets and reached the title match of this global tournament for the second time. Wade hit three consecutive sixes on pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi after getting the lifeline. He shared an unbroken partnership of 81 runs off 40 balls with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis as Australia won after going through a few odd moments.
Australia won with 6 balls to spare
On being invited to bat first, Pakistan made a strong score of 176 runs for 4 wickets in 20 overs. In response, Australia won by scoring 177 for 5 in 19 overs. For Pakistan, opener Mohammad Rizwan scored 67 runs in 52 balls, which included 3 fours and 4 sixes. He shared 71 for 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). Opener David Warner scored 49 runs for Australia, while Wade made 41 not out and Stoinis scored 40 not out.
Will face New Zealand in the final
Australia entered the final of the ICC T20 World Cup where they will face New Zealand. New Zealand defeated England by 5 wickets in the first semi-final played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The special thing is that Australia has reached the final of the T20 World Cup for the second and New Zealand for the first time.
Take advantage of Pakistan’s poor fielding
Australia initially lost wickets at regular intervals. Opener David Warner (49 runs in 30 balls, three fours, three sixes) kept the run pace. After this, Wade (41 not out off 17 balls, two fours, four sixes) and Stoinis (40 not out off 31 balls, two fours, two sixes) presented a beautiful display of their aggression and Shadab Khan (4 for 26) sabotaged his efforts. When Australia needed 21 runs from 10 balls, then Hasan Ali dropped the catch of Wade. Wade then hit a winning six off short fine leg, cow corner and then fine leg in the last three balls of Afridi’s 19th over. He was adjudged man of the match. Australia took full advantage of Pakistan’s poor fielding.
Australia’s wickets kept falling continuously
Earlier, Shaheen Afridi showed his swing in the first over and surprised Aaron Finch and got him out leg before. Warner increased the run rate by hitting Imad Wasim for six consecutive sixes and two fours while Mitchell Marsh (28 off 22 balls) welcomed Haris Rauf with sixes and fours. With this Australia managed to score 52 runs in the powerplay. Marsh, however, gave a waving catch in the air off leg-spinner Shadab’s ball soon after. Warner sent Mohammad Hafeez twice for 6 runs and then hit a six on Shadab but Steve Smith (5) lost his wicket by waving the ball in the air like Marsh.
Warner out for ‘mistake’
Warner also could not complete his half-century. Shadab’s ball took the edge of his bat and caught in Rizwan’s gloves. Although replays showed that the ball had not hit his bat, Warner did not take a review. Shadab took the fourth wicket as Glenn Maxwell (7) whose switch hit went straight into the hands of the fielder. Australia needed 50 runs in the last four overs. Stoinis hit Haris Rauf and Wade raised hopes on Hasan Ali by hitting sixes and fours. After this, Wade’s bat showed amazing and gave the team a great victory.