World Cup T20: Wade’s assault stuns Pakistan in the semifinals | Cricket News


Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets to seal a spot in Sunday’s final against New Zealand.

Australia saved the best for when it mattered, unleashing a late assault to stun Pakistan in the second semifinal of the T20 World Cup in Dubai and seal a spot in Sunday’s final against New Zealand.

Chasing 177 to win an up and down match, Australia have claimed 68 in their last six overs and it really looked like Pakistan’s match was losing on Thursday.

Matthew Wade looted 41 balls by just 17, hitting three sixes in a row against Shaheen Afridi, to seal a five-wicket win and a spot in Sunday’s final.

With 22 needed for the last two balls, Pakistan were still on track to reach their third T20 World Cup final.

However, out-of-color Hasan Ali dropped Wade who then pitched to Afridi as Australia hit the target with an over to spare.

“It was a great cricket match,” said Australian captain Aaron Finch as his team remained in the running to win the only major global trophy he has missed.

“The way Matthew Wade held his nerve was exceptional, that partnership with Marcus Stoinis [40 not out] that’s crucial. “

Australian Matthew Wade (center left) and Marcus Stoinis celebrate their victory in the semi-final of the Twenty20 Men’s World Cup between Australia and Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on 11 November 2021 [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

Veteran hitter David Warner also played a major role with 49 before being caught behind leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who took four wickets for 26 runs.

“The way we started in the first half, we got the total we had set for ourselves,” Pakistani skipper Babar Azam said after the match. “But we gave them too many chances at the end of the chase. If we had taken that hold [of Wade], it might have made a difference. “

Australia took a hit when Shaheen trapped Finch’s leg before the wicket for zero as the Pakistan-dominated crowd exploded.

The fit Warner continued the attack on one side with support from Mitchell Marsh.

However, spinner Shadab raised the bar in the seventh over to take Marsh out for 28.

The leg-spinner took one wicket in each of his assigned four overs to claim Steve Smith’s scalps, for five, Warner and Glenn Maxwell, for seven while Australia lost half their share for 96.

Warner was sent back to the locker room when he was caught behind after hitting three fours and three sixes in his 30-ball tenure, but replays later showed there was no contact with the batter’s bat.

“Happy to enter”

Stoinis and Wade led the Australians to their second T20 World Cup semi-final and dream of a first title.

“When I went out with Marcus, he was really confident we would get them, even though I was a little unsure,” admitted Wade.

“He found the limits at the beginning and in the end I was happy to intervene.”

Pakistan captain Babar Azam (right) and Mohammad Rizwan punch after playing a shot during the Twenty20 Men’s World Cup semi-final between Australia and Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 11 November 2021 [Indranil Mukherjee/AFP]

Fielded, Pakistan got off to a great start with Rizwan (67) and skipper Azam (39) making a 71-point partnership for the opening wicket.

Fit leg-spinner Adam Zampa finally made a breakthrough after taking out Babar, who was caught long after his 34-ball shot stitched with five fours.

Rizwan kept up the pressure and slammed Zampa for a six to become the first player to accumulate 1,000 points in T20 internationals in a calendar year.

He survived a helmet grille hit by a quick Pat Cummins bouncer as the physical therapist walked in to conduct a concussion test with the smiling hitter.

Fakhar Zaman provided the final charge for the 2009 champions with an unbeaten 55 out of 32 balls.


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