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T20 World Cup 2021 Highlights: Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis stun Pakistan

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Australia defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in a thrilling match to set up a final against New Zealand. In the second semi-final in Dubai, Pakistan set Australia a target of 177 in 20 overs. In reaction, Australia lost their captain for a golden duck in the first over when Shaheen Afridi trapped him LBW. Then David Warner and Mitchell Marsh restored it, sewing together a half-worth century’s of history. The euphoria was short-lived, though, as Shadab Khan dismissed Marsh for 28 runs, leaving Australia on 57/2 after 7 overs. Then, as Shadab’s twin stroke shocked Australia, Steve Smith fell easily on five. Warner, on the other hand, continued on his happy way, smashing 49 before being dismissed by Shadab Khan.

After 12 overs, Australia had reached 95/4. Shadab Khan added a fourth for Australia to reach 127/5 in 16 overs. Marcus Stoinis, their star player, was the centre of attention. He and Wade put up 81 runs for the sixth wicket in just 6.3 overs to help their team over the finish line. Wade hit 41* off 17 balls, while Stoinis hit 40 not out. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan got Pakistan off to a flying start in Dubai earlier in the first innings. They shattered many boundaries, particularly Azam’s, to propel the team to 38/0 in just 5 overs. Rizwan soon found his rhythm, and the tandem moved PAK past 50 in just 7 overs.

They eventually put up 71 for the first wicket before Babar Azam was bowled on the final delivery of the 10th over by Adam Zampa. Mohammad Rizwan and Fakahar Zaman kept the pressure on, rebuilding rapidly to get Pakistan to 117/1 after 15 overs. Rizwan then scored his third half-century of the campaign. Aaron Finch needs a large and a big toss to win. The coin has landed in his favour, and Australia will bowl first against Babar Azam’s Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021 semi-finals. There are no changes on any side, and there are no shocks.

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