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T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan vs Australia Semi-Final Highlights: Matthew Wade fires AUS to the finals

Pakistan vs Australia (PAK vs AUS), T20 World Cup 2021 Semi-Final Highlights: Australia will now face New Zealand in the final on Sunday.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 12, 2021 1:05:26 am
Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi, right, reacts as Australia's Matthew Wade, left, and Marcus Stoinis celebrate their win during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup semi-final match between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai, UAE, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan vs Australia Semi-Final Match Highlights:  Australia defeated Pakistan by five wickets to enter the final of the ICC T20 World Cup on Thursday. Sent into bat, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman smashed quick fifties as Pakistan posted a challenging 176 for four.

Opening the innings, Rizwan scored 67 off 52 balls during which he hit three boundaries and four sixes, while Zaman remained unbeaten on 55 off 32 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. Together with skipper Babar Azam (39), Rizwan shared 71 runs for the opening stand before stitching 72 runs with Zaman. For Australia, Mitchell Starc picked up two wickets for 38 runs.

Chasing, David Warner made 49, while Matthew Wade smashed a 17-ball unbeaten 41 and Marcus Stoinis was not out on 40 off 31 deliveries as Australia overhauled the target with an over to spare. Shadab Khan was the best bowler for Pakistan with figures of 4/26.

Australia will now face New Zealand in the final on Sunday.

Brief scores:

Pakistan: 176/4 wickets in 20 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 67, Fakhar Zaman 55 not out; Mitchell Starc 2/38).

Australia: 177/5 in 19 overs (David Warner 49, Matthew Wade 41 not out, Marcus Stoinis 40 not out; Shadab Khan 4/26).

Match EndedICC World Twenty20, 2021 - 2nd Semi-Final

Pakistan

176/4 (20.0)
vs

Australia

177/5 (19.0)
Match Ended ( Day - 2nd Semi-Final )
Australia beat Pakistan by 5 wickets

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T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan vs Australia Semi-Final Highlights: Australia defeat Pakistan to advance to the final on Sunday

00:05 (IST)12 Nov 2021
Shoaib, the considerate 💖😇

If there was a Nobel Prize for thoughtfulness, Shoaib Malik would get one. The clips of him walking over to Hasan Ali and patting his back should be shown to junior cricketers and should be archived by ICC forever. After conceding 15 runs in the 18th over, Hasan had let the advantage slip. His day went from bad to worst-ever when, while fielding on the fence, he dropped the eventual match-winner Mathew Wade in the next over. Those praying for a Pakistan win threw up their hands. The sight of an entire stadium holding their heads was eerie. Had he been a Star-Trek fan, Hasan would have said, "Beam me up, Scotty". Malik felt his mate's pain. He held up play to have a word with the man in a daze. He seemed to be telling him to relax. Malik made the crowd realise that Hasan needed sympathy. Suddenly, the mood changed, there were claps all-round. But Wade ensured Pakistan fans would have their heads in their hands again.

23:46 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Just dropped the World Cup 🙇🏻‍♂️🕳️

The five dreaded words - mythical or not - the last time Australia whisked away a World Cup semifinal. On Friday in a full-house with a partisan Pakistan crowd, it was the unfortunate Hasan Ali who got caught up in a headrush and then didn't catch the dipping parabola that could've stubbed Matthew Wade who was on a six-hitting spree. Wade had miscued to the left of deep midwicket where Hasan over-ran it for some reason and couldn't adjust in time. Momentum uncurbed; he would spread his arms wide with a sigh the moment it spilled out of his palms before collecting it to throw it back. Malik came over for a consolation tap but he was looking grim at a distance at nothing in particular. The ramp shots would follow, increasing his agony. And it all ended in a jiffy. Chris Jordan last night; Tonight Hasan. Both can get on a zoom call and sigh about life and other devilish twist-turning things.

23:35 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Wood, Willow, Wins 🪵🏏💪🏽

No one had even properly hit, forget clobbered, Shaheen Afridi recently. Until the moustachioed Matthew Wade came up with two mind-bogglingly sweet lap shots and a regular heave-ho off Afridi to win the game. 
Three years ago, he was out of the team, and was falling out of love with the game and realised the need for another life skill. He decided to take up carpentry. “I worked for about nine or 10 months which was cool. I was doing two main sessions a week with the team and the rest of the time I would go do a 5am session with my boss before work.” Unlike public perception, he was actually relieved that Tim Paine became the wicketkeeper. “The night a game before I would be stressed about keeping – for 10 years I did that,” Wade said. “I was like 'oh I have got to keep tomorrow, I hope I don’t f*** it up” The carpentry worked, his love for game returned, and here he is chiseling a famous triumph in a world-cup semi-final.

23:33 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Final Frontier:
23:31 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Aaron Finch says

Never thought it was in the bag. It was a great game of cricket. The way Wade held his nerve at the end was amazing. That partnership with Stoinis was crucial. I got my feet in a tangle and opening batsmen do get a few good balls now and then in T20 cricket. We were sloppy today in the field, a couple of tough ones. We need the support of all 17 players to get across the line. We have played some really good cricket in the back end. Teams chasing have been successful. There is no dew, the lights take effect. I was hoping I'd lose the toss, bat first and put up a good score on the board.

23:29 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Babar Azam says

I thought we scored as many runs as we had planned in the first innings. I think we give such teams a chance in the back end, it is going to be costly. The turning point was that dropped catch. Had we taken it, the scenario could have been different. The way we gelled and played the entire tournament, I am satisfied as a captain. Hopefully we'll learn from this for the next tournament. When you play so well throughout, there were small mistakes that cost us the match in the end. We gve players roles and they executed it really well. The way the crowds supported us, we enjoyed a lot as a team. We always enjoy playing here.

23:29 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Matthew Wade | Player of the Match: 

Absolutely (preempted the scoops). I was talking to Stoinis at the other end and tried to work out what they're doing. I got a little more pace on than expected, I probably could have used it a little bit earlier, but yeah.. glad to get a couple at the end. There wasn't a lot of chat before I went in as we lost quick wickets. But when I got out there, Me and Marcus had batted together in the first game and got some momentum today as well. I was a bit unsure but Marcus showed me the way out. There was one short side and I was confident that if I had to target that then I could pull it off, but it got down to two-a-ball and you had to hit everything in your arc. I got a boundary away early on and then stalled for 5-6 balls, but Marcus got the boundary away and got us to a total where I was confident in the last two overs. It hasn't sunk in but probably when I sit down tonight it might sink in. I was out of the two team for 2-3 years, just came back 20 games ago and happy to have repaid the faith.

23:26 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Last 17 night T20 matches in Dubai

Batting 1st won: 1 (IPL final)
Batting 2nd won: 16 (9/9 in T20 WC 2021)

23:24 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Most runs scored in last 5 overs in a successful run chase (T20 WC)

75 Aus vs Pak Gros Islet 2010
62 Aus vs Pak Dubai 2021 *
60 SL vs Ind Gros Islet 2010
60 Pak vs SA Colombo 2012
60 NZ vs Eng Abu Dhabi 2021

23:12 (IST)11 Nov 2021
AUSTRALIA REACH THE 2021 FINALS

Australia beat Pakistan by 5 wickets to set up T20 World Cup final with New Zealand. What an end to the game! We are running out of words to describe that end but to put it briefly the Magnificent Matthew Wade survived the drop catch and then smashes Shaheen Afridi for three back-to-back sixes to finish it off with an over to spare! PHEW! 

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23:09 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Drop catch

Hasan Ali is the culprit! Wade survives Australia need 18 runs in 9 balls. And to make matters worse he hits the next one for a SIX! Hasan Ali is feeling the heat! AUS 165/5 in 18.4 ovs | Australia need 12 runs in 8 balls

23:03 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Boundary off the last ball

Matthew Wade has raced to 21 from 13 courtesy of a six and a boundary from Hasan Ali's over. AUS 155/5 in 18 ovs |
Australia need 22 runs in 12 balls. This could be an interesting finish. Don't rule Australia out yet

23:00 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Expensive Over!

Stoinis hits Haris Rauf for 13 in the 17th over. Just what the doctor ordered for the Kangaroos. Since the last T20 World Cup, Australia have only scored 50 off the last four overs of the innings on three occasions.50 partnership at a vital moment for Australia!

22:58 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Double bounce SIX; no double take on wicket 🪐🪐🌪️

What just happened there? Did David Warner get an edge or not? He had no hesitation to walk off once the umpire raised his finger but the Snickometer didn’t snitch at all. Quiet as a mouse. In a potentially game-turning moment, Warner, after a wonderful 30-ball 49, went for a furious cover-drive off the legspinner Shadab Khan. The ball rustled past the bat and there was a sound and up went the Pakistanis. The wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, fresh from an important fifty after spending some time at the hospital for a lung infection, and Khan, who bowled as wonderfully as his leg spinning counterpart Adam Zampa had earlier done, had no doubts. Warner first practiced that shot again as he waited for the umpire’s decision and off he went, sighing, moaning, groaning, and looking up at the skies. As the big screen showed the snick-silence, the Australian coach Justin Longer had a look of bewilderment. 
Until then, it was some knock though and the highlight was a monstrous six off a ball that bounced twice from Mohammad Hafeez. Warner didn’t blink but rushed down the track and lunged to absolutely tonk it to midwicket stands. AB de Villiers had been once out in a Test match, off one such delivery from Mohammad Ashraful. He had lingered on after miscuing a catch, had a word with the umpires too, and in the dressing room Graeme Smith threw a fit at the decision. It was the correct decision of course by Steve Bucknor. Law 24, section 6 states that the umpire shall call a no-ball only if it bounces more than twice before reaching the popping crease. Later, de Villiers would say: "I was aware of the rule but I was hoping for someone to call it a no-ball or whatever," he said. "It is the first time in my career that I have been dismissed in such a fashion.” Warner had plundered it for a six only to get out in a quirky fashion.

22:55 (IST)11 Nov 2021
ALMOST THERE...?🤔

Pakistan look to be closing in on T20 World Cup final berth. Or can Australia turn this around? AUS: 115/5, needing 62 from 30 balls.

22:45 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Shadab Khan finishes his spell

4-0-26-4 = The best-ever figures in a T20 World Cup semi-final. Simply sensational from Shadab Khan. AUS: 103/5 after 13 ovs

22:33 (IST)11 Nov 2021
THATS OUT!! Caught!!

Haris Rauf with a terrific catch and Maxwell is gone for 7. What a moment in the game and slowly but surely Pakistan are tightening the grip on this match. Matthew Wade, left handed bat, comes to the crease. AUS: 96/5 

22:27 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Warner is gone for 49 🔥

It was the googly from Shadab. Shadab has bowled 52 googlies in this tournament. Six of them have been wickets, four of them left-handers. But wait a min! Ultra Edge shows a flat line.... Why didn't Warner review that? 

22:16 (IST)11 Nov 2021
Steve Smith is gone ☝️

He attempts a big slog against Shadab which brings his downfall. Smith out caught in the deep. He is out for 5. Australia lose their second wicket. AUS: 80/3 after 9 ovs

22:09 (IST)11 Nov 2021
What on earth was that!

A double-bouncer for six. What just happened?!? The ball bounced twice and David Warner hit for a six but Umpire Kettleborough gave it a no-ball. AUS: 70/2 after 8 ovs

Pakistan Squad: Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz, Haider Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sarfaraz Ahmed

Australia Squad: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Inglis

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