Pakistani captain Babar Azam complained by Matthew Wade catch fallen in the penultimate over of the match. He called this the “turning point” after his team lost the 2021 T20 World Cup semi-final to Australia in Dubai on Thursday.
Australia needed 20 out of ten balls when Hasan Ali he missed an opportunity in the middle of the deep wicket and the ball slipped out of his palms. Australia ran for two, and then scored a hat-trick of six to seal the win, leaving Pakistan in shock.
No team has won by beating first in Dubai in this tournament’s night matches. But Babar Azam pointed out that Pakistan got the score they set for themselves after losing the draw. He said:
“I thought we got the score we wanted. We started well with the ball, but then we gave them chances in the back end. And the positives make you pay, and going back becomes difficult “.
“That fallen stop (by Hasan Ali) was the turning point. If we had caught him, the scenario would have changed, as a new hitter would have arrived. As a player, you have to be on your toes and ready to seize such opportunities, ”Babar Azam said during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Fifty from Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman took Pakistan to 176. This was the highest score in the Dubai tournament before Australia reviewed it with an over to spare.
Undefeated Pakistan in the group stage lost two T20 World Cup semi-finals to Australia. In 2010, they endured heartbreak, courtesy of Michael Hussey’s exploits.
Australia will now face their Trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand in the final of the tournament in Dubai on Sunday. Neither team has won the tournament before.
Pakistan’s overall performance satisfies me: Babar Azam
Babar Azam reflected on the impressive Pakistan T20 World Cup campaign. He expressed his satisfaction with it, despite his team failing to overcome the semifinal hurdle.
“The way we have prepared, organized and played as a unit throughout the tournament satisfies me as captain. I hope we continue to learn from our mistakes and keep improving.
“When you play so well all the time, there have been little mistakes that ultimately cost us the game. We will draw a lot of confidence from our show in such a big tournament and carry it on. The players performed the assigned roles very well, ”added Babar Azam before thanking the UAE crowd for their enormous support for the Pakistani side.