ICC World Twenty20, 2021
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 11 November 2021
RR: 9.32 | Australia beat Pakistan by 5 wickets
Right then, 5 in 5 for Australia in World Cup knockouts against Pakistan and that also stops the winning streak of the Men in Green in the UAE. We are done with this match and have only one left to go in this edition of the T20 World Cup. The grand finale is going to be a blockbuster clash as it will reignite the trans-Tasman rivalry. New Zealand versus Australia on Sunday, 14th November 2021. Whoever wins, we sure will have a brand new champion, just like in 2019 in the ODI format! The action will begin at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!
Aaron Finch, the winning skipper of Australia, says that at no stage they felt that the game was in their bag. Praises Wade for the way he played along with Stoinis. Admits that they were a bit sloppy with their fielding in this match but this win shows the depth of their team. Further adds that it was a nice toss to win but confesses that he hoped to lose it and bat first on what was a great wicket to bat on.
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, says that they scored as many runs as they had planned and feels they also bowled well in the first half but the chances they gave away cost them. States the turning point was the dropped catch (Wade's drop in the 19th over) and had that been taken, it could have been different but he is proud of how the boys fared in this tournament and hopes to learn from this loss. Also says they have played well throughout and that will help them in future. Ends by saying that they have got very good support and they enjoy playing here in front of their supporters.
Matthew Wade is the Player of the Match! He says that a couple of ramp shots were pre-meditated and he is glad to get a couple of sixes like that. Adds that Stoinis was quite confident about them getting over the line and helped him. Says that he was confident of targeting the shorter boundary against Afridi. Credits Stoinis for the way he batted and says that he got them to a situation where they were a few blows away from getting over the line. Confesses that the feeling has still not sunk in.
The winning juggernaut of Pakistan has been halted by Australia. They were invincible in this tournament and it is going to be a hard defeat to swallow. Their batting gave them a fine platform and the way they bowled, it was their game till the start of the partnership between Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade. Shadab Khan's bowling effort where he hunted down Warner, Smith, Marsh and Maxwell, went in vain and he is unfortunate to end on the losing side.
Before Matthew Wade went bonkers in the 19th over, he was dropped by Hasan Ali and that probably was the moment that cost Pakistan the match. There is a famous catchphrase - 'To be the man, you gotta beat the man!' Wade was the man this evening and he took out Pakistan's best man in Shaheen Afridi to earn a stunning win for Australia.
After the Drinks break, Shadab Khan immediately removed the dangerous Warner, caught behind. Although the UltraEdge didn't detect any edge. David not opting to review the decision was a massive moment of this chase as Australia lost Glenn Maxwell soon after that. There were quite a few reckless shot selections from the Aussies and they found themselves in a precarious situation. With 62 needed off 30 balls and 5 Aussie wickets left, the ball was in Pakistan's court, just like it was in England's court in the first semi-final. If it was Daryl Mitchell last evening for New Zealand, it was Matthew Wade for Australia - two unlikely heroes for their teams.
The chase started with Shaheen Afridi hurling fireballs at the Aussies. His first over was extraordinary where he took out Aaron Finch for a golden duck and nearly hunted down Mitchell Marsh as well. After the first two overs though, things eased out for Australia and Marsh formed a quickfire 51-run stand with David Warner. The Powerplay went well for them and despite losing Marsh and Steven Smith after that, the Aussies were in control at the halfway mark, needing 88 to win with David Warner looking in ominous form.
Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!!! Matthew Wade turned back the clock and donned the cape of Michael Hussey and gave Shaheen Afridi the treatment that Mr Cricket handed to Saeed Ajmal in the semi-final of the 2010 T20 World Cup. What a compelling run chase, it was a bit like last evening and the chasing team once again won with one over to spare. The Aussie dugout is pumped up, emotions flooding out there, what a game, what a win - AUSTRALIA ARE IN THE FINAL!
A big conference. Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan and Babar Azam are in discussion with Shaheen Afridi. Does the pacer have another trick up his sleeve?
Review time! This seems like a review taken in hope by Pakistan. A review is taken for LBW. No bat on it. Pitching way outside leg. The review is lost.
Who will bowl the 19th over? 22 needed from 2 overs now. The Aussies are right back in it. Here comes Shaheen Afridi to bowl the most important over of Pakistan's campaign.
The required rate has reached 12.5 now and Australia need a big over here. Remember, the semi-final between England and New Zealand saw the game turn on its head in the 17th over too. The Aussies need something similar here. Haris Rauf is back on.
Hasan Ali (2-0-17-0) is back on. He has not had the best of tournaments and could be targeted by the Aussies.
Shadab Khan is done with his spell. Shaheen Afridi (2-0-8-1) is brought back on. His two overs will be extremely crucial here.
Change. Haris Rauf (1-0-14-0) is back on.
Matthew Wade walks out to bat! This is the last recognized pair, only the all-rounders left after this. A lot relies on these two.
Imad Wasim is back! So as soon as Warner gets out, Babar turns to the left-arm spinner.
Marcus Stoinis is the new man in now.
DRINKS! Now then, despite the three wickets, Australia have their noses in front slightly. 88 is what they need in 60 balls and by the time Warner is in, you have to say, Australia are the favourites. Maxwell, on the other hand, has to avoid what Marsh and Smith did. He just needs to give the strike over to Warner and hang in there with him. Can he do so? Pakistan know they need wickets, especially Warner's. Where will it come from? A thriller is loading here at the Dubai International Stadium.
Hasan Ali comes back! Just the one over for Hafeez then.
Glenn Maxwell walks out to bat now! We have seen the last two wickets being gifted away. What approach will Glenn take? He is generally an attacking player but he can take some time to get set here.
Change! Mohammad Hafeez comes on now. Spin from both ends then.
Steven Smith walks out to bat now. The situation is quite tailor-made for him at the moment. He just needs to hang in there and build a stand with Warner.
Change! Time for some leg spin as Shadab Khan comes on.
Change. Hasan Ali comes on now.
Will Afridi get one more over here? Nope, here comes Haris Rauf.
Who will bowl from the other end? Imad Wasim it is.
Review time! Boy, plenty of drama in the first over itself. It is a combined review for LBW and run out. Player review for the first. Umpire review for the second. It is not a run out as Marsh is inside the crease. Now, over to the LBW appeal. No bat on that. UMPIRE'S CALL ON IMPACT!
Mitchell Marsh walks out to bat.