2nd Semi-Final: Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets
Dubai International Stadium will witness the clash of two strong units of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup today. Pakistan is all set to meet Australia today.
Eyeballs of the fans will be glued to their television screen as the Shaheens will battle out with Kangaroos.
Pakistani fans are in big hopes that the jinx of knock-out match defeats against the Aussies will break today. Other than that fans are ready to take revenge for their 2010 T20 World Cup Semi-Final defeat when Mike Hussey broke the hopes as well as hearts of million of Pakistani fans when Saeed Ajmal was smashed all over the park in the last over of the match.
This may be past for many but Pakistani fans still have this memory absolutely fresh and want the current team to avenge that defeat. And rightly so because men in Green are on red hot form after winning all their five matches of the Super12 stage. They started their campaign against their arch-rivals India and since then they have not looked back.
Pakistan (Probable 11): Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Australia (Probable 11): David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first in the 2nd Semi-Final.
Pakistan (Playing 11): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Australia (Playing 11): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
After one over, Pakistan are 6 runs without any loss of wickets.
Two overs done, Pakistan have scored 11 without loss.
21 without loss after three overs.
Four overs done, 29 without loss.
38 runs without loss.
Good powerplay for Pakistan as Pakistan are 47 runs without loss.
Babar Azam has become the fastest batsman to reach 2500 runs in T20is beating Virat Kohli’s record.
Halfway through the first inning, Pakistan lost Babar Azam on the last ball of 10th over. Pakistan are 71/1.
Mohammad Rizwan has become the run machine as he breaks yet another record. Wicketkeeper-batsman has become the only batsman in T20i history to achieve the milestone of scoring 1000 runs in a calendar year.
After 13 overs Pakistan are 92/1.
50 up for Mohammad Rizwan. He achieved this milestone in 41 balls.
After 14 overs Pakistan are 106/1.
15 overs completed, Pakistan going nicely as they have scored 117/1.
After 17 overs, Pakistan are 143/1.
158/2 after 18 overs.
After 19 overs, Pakistan is 161 for the loss of three wickets.
End of Pakistan’s innings. Pakistan have posted a total of 176 with the help of Fakhar Zaman’s half-century in the 20th over. Australia needs 177 runs to qualify for SemiFinals. Can the Pakistan bowling attack stop Aussies?
First wicket for Pakistan in the first over as Shaheen Shah traps Aaron Finch LBW. Austalia are 1/1 after just three balls of the second inning.
Over one done, Pakistan with a dream start as Australia are 1/1.
Australia are 6/1 after two overs.
Three overs done, 13/1.
David Warner starts to charge as Australia ends fourth over with 30 runs for the loss of one wicket.
Five overs completed, Australia are 44/1.
Powerplay done, Australia are 52/1.
Wicket for Pakistan as Shadab takes the wicket of Marsh.
Afer 8 overs, Australia are 70/2.
Another wicket for Pakistan as Shadab strikes again.
Australia are 80/3 after nine overs.
David Warner achieves the milestone of 2500 runs in T20 internationals.
10 overs done, Australia are 89/3.
Big wicket for Pakistan as David Warner departs on 49 runs.
Australia are 92/4 after 11 overs.
Just three runs of Imad Wasim’s over. Australia are 95/4.
What a catch by Haris Rauf of Shadab Khan’s bowling to dismiss Maxwell. Big wicket for Pakistan. Australia are 96/5.
13 overs done, Australia are 113/5.
Australia are 109/5 after 14 overs.
After 15 overs, Australia are 115/5.
Australia are 127/5 after 16 overs.
After 17 overs, Australia are 140/5.
Australia are 155/5 after 18 overs.
Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets.