Ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday 14 November, Wasim Akram supported the former team to lift the coveted trophy at the Dubai International Stadium. The former Pakistani pacer said Australia and its players peaked at the right time.
The Aaron FinchThe main team, who have won four of five Super 12 games, defeated undefeated Paistan by 5 wickets in Wednesday’s second semifinal in Dubai.
Despite losing Captain Finch to a gold duck in the first over, Australia kept their nerve to chase the 177-point target with a spare over. Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis exploded undefeated 41 out of 17 and 40 out of 31 not out racing respectively. David Warner shone again with a flowing 30-ball 49.
In view of the clash at the top, Wasim Akram supported Australia to lift its first T20 World Cup title. “Australia was not the favorite due to his recent performances and T20I form. David Warner was a major part of their team, especially in T20 cricket. He is a very aggressive hitter and is in good shape, he has peaked. at the right time.
“While Steve Smith is struggling so far in this Australian formation, but they are still doing well. Their quick bowling attack looks good too, in the knockouts Maxwell and Stoinis were their fifth bowler and New Zealand will keep an eye on them (challenging them).
“But in general, Australia look very strong, especially after the semi-final win. If you ask me ‘who are the favorites for tomorrow’ ?, I think the Australians have an advantage for Sunday’s final,” said Akram.
The 55-year-old also spoke about the surface of the Dubai International Cricket Ground, the venue for the all-important final. Notably, the team that beat second in the evening matches have won 16 times in their last 17 games. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2021 IPL after beating first on October 15.
“It’s not fair (throw factor and dew affecting the results). They (match officials) have to come up with some ideas. They can’t afford to cover the stadiums but they give both sides a fair chance.
“The draw will have an effect. What you don’t want is what we have seen in this World Cup that you win the draw, 80-90% win the game. These are very good odds for teams that chase and it’s not fair,” he said. Akram added.