Australia to meet New Zealand in WC T20I final on Sunday
Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman amassed a huge score of 176 for Pakistan with their scintillating batting in the second semi-final against Australia. Shadab Khan alone took 4 wickets with the ball. But the heroic batting performance of David Warner-Marcus Stoinis-Matthew Wade has ruined their achievement.
Australia reached the final by defeating Pakistan by 5 wickets in the second semi-final. New Zealand had already earned tickets to the final after beating England in the first semi-final. This time Australia joined them in the title match. Captain Aaron Finch's team snatched the victory with six balls remaining.
This is the second time that Australia has reached the final of the T20I World Cup. And their opponent New Zealand has reached the final for the first time. As a result, the T20I World Cup will get a new champion in the final on Sunday, November 14.
David Warner started the chase with the bat. He played a destructive innings. However, he did not get fifty. The star opener returned to the dressing room with regret of one run.
Warner played 30 balls and scored 49 runs in a cricket innings. He smashed his excellent innings with three boundaries and three sixes. And 28 runs came from Mitchell Marsh's bat. Aussi laid the foundation for victory. The two almost brought the match out. Sometimes Pakistan returns to the game. However, they fell behind again after missing the catch.
Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade took the opportunity to do the rest. Australia reached the port of victory in an unbeaten partnership between the two with the final ticket. Stoinis scored 40* playing 31 balls with two boundaries and two sixes. Matthew Wade, the man of the match, played an incredible 17-ball innings. He had two boundaries and four sixes in his unbeaten 41 * innings.
Australia lost 5 wickets at the end of 19 overs and reached the target of 177 runs. Shadab Khan took 4 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs for Pakistan. Shahin Shah Afridi took the wicket of Captain Aaron Finch for 0 at the very outset of the match.
At the beginning, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman showed their flashes with the bat. Both snatched a formidable half-century. Based on their batting prowess, Pakistan set a 176-run target for victory over Australia in the second semi-final of the T20I World Cup.
Pakistan got off to a great start by batting first when they were sent by Australia who won the toss. Mohammad Rizwan and Captain Babar Azam put Pakistan on 71 in the opening pair.
Babar Azam returned to the dressing room with 39 runs. He had five boundaries in his 34-ball innings. Opener Rizwan continued his batting frenzy by keeping one end of the crease closed even after Babur's return.
This time Rizwan formed a partnership with Fakhar Zaman. In the second wicket, the two reached 143 runs. Mohammad Rizwan played an innings of 67 off 52 balls with 3 boundaries and 4 sixes.
Fakhar Zaman also got to see 50 with extraordinary batting strength. He played an unbeaten innings of 55 * off 32 balls with three boundaries and four sixes. Pakistan lost 4 wickets at the end of 20 overs and made a total of 176 runs.
Mitchell Starc took two wickets for Australia. Adam Jampa and Pat Cummins took one wicket each.
Before that, the toss helped the Australians. That's why Captain Aaron Finch elected to field after winning the toss.
The final match will be played at Dubai International stadium at 8 PM(BST) on Sunday.