The much anticipated Semi-Finals match between Pakistan and Australia is all set to be played today. Fans are eagerly waiting for the contest to begin. Let’s have a look at the factfile before the contest begins.
Factfile on Thursday’s T20 World Cup semi-final between Australia and Pakistan in Dubai (1400GMT):
Top scorer at 2021 T20 World Cup: Babar Azam – 264
Top wicket taker at 2021 T20 World Cup: Haris Rauf – 8
Path to semi-final
bt India by 10 wickets
bt New Zealand by 5 wickets
bt Afghanistan by 5 wickets
bt Namibia by 45 runs
bt Scotland by 72 runs
Top scorer at 2021 T20 World Cup: David Warner – 187
Top wicket taker at 2021 T20 World Cup: Adam Zampa – 11
Path to semi-final
bt South Africa by 5 wickets
bt Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
lost to England by 8 wickets
bt Bangladesh by 8 wickets
bt West Indies by 8 wickets
Australia wins: 9
Pakistan wins: 13 (includes one win on super over after tie)
No result: 1
First T20 International meeting
Johannesburg, September 18, 2007
— Captain Shoaib Malik (52) and Misbah-ul Haq (66) put on a century partnership as Pakistan stunned Australia by six wickets in the first Twenty20 meeting between the two sides at the inaugural World Cup.
The pair put on 119 off 78 balls for the unbroken fifth wicket to help their team recover from 46-4 and surpass Australia’s 164-7 with five balls to spare at the Wanderers.
It was Australia’s first appearance at the historic venue since South Africa successfully chased their formidable 434 with one ball to spare in a one-day international in March, 2006.
Pakistan’s success was set up by left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir who claimed 3-31.
The Australian innings was marked by just one six from Michael Hussey, who top-scored with 37 off 25 balls.
Hussey and Brad Hodge put on 63 in 40 balls for the fifth wicket to boost the total after Australia were struggling at 92-4 in the 12th.
Last T20 International meeting
Perth, November 8, 2019
— Australia routed Pakistan by 10 wickets with 49 balls to spare to clinch the series 2-0.
After restricting the visitors to 106 for eight, openers Aaron Finch (52) and David Warner (48) put Pakistan to the sword.
Australia won the second match in Canberra by seven wickets with the first game in Sydney abandoned due to rain.
“I’m very disappointed, but we lost to a very good team. We’ve learnt a lot and we want to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again,” said skipper Babar Azam who will lead his team again in Dubai on Thursday.
“Finch and Warner were just in a different class.”
Factfile may not be of any use today as both the teams will play on the ground and not on the paper. But factfile for the fans is always a topic to talk about.