Australia the undefeated champions reached the finals of the T20 world cup by defeating Pakistan fifth time in a row in ICC champions world cup matches. Ending the journey of Pakistan who won all the knockout matches of Super 12 in the T20 world cup.
Australia will be seeing England in the finals of the T20 world cup 2021. Men in green played equally well but to their luck men in yellow shattered their dreams to the finale. Australia geared up in the last five overs of the match and won it brilliantly. Mark Stoinis's powerful and thoughtful hitting brought back Australia into action and Mathew Wade took the advantage of taking Australia to the finals.
Being the top performer in the tournament, Pakistan could not make it through the finals, their consistent wins, commitments, and hard work showed how well they practiced as a team and their backbreaking efforts to reach this stage were mesmerizing. Australia wins the toss and chose to field as the dew was playing the major role in the second innings. Both the teams continued with their same eleven players each with no changes at all.
Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam kickstart the match with a wonderful beginning with the first wicket of captain Babar Azam at 39 runs from 34 deliveries in the 10th over. Babar was now the fastest batsman to score 2500 in the T20 format in 62 matches beating Virat Kohli scoring in 68 matches.Rizwan comes up with the half-century which was the third in the league, tenth in 2021 in total to 100 and becomes the first batsman to score the fastest 1000 run mark in T20 in the running year.
Fakhar Zaman (55 off 32 balls) unbeaten and Mohammed Rizwan (67 off 52 balls) reached a mid-century each continuing their offensive batting till 15 overs for 117 runs.
Mitchell Starc picked maximum wickets for his team by taking 2 wickets in four overs. While Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins were the other two bowlers who managed to one wicket each. Pakistan raises the total of 177 runs for Australia.
Men in the yellow start were not all fascinating as men in the green start as the dismissal of skipper Aron Finch on the very first ball dismayed the fans. But David Warner and Mitchell Marsh's consistent hitting lessened up the pressure build-up upon the Australians. But soon Marsh's dismissal on 28 left Australia at 57 for 2 wickets in 7 overs. Warner's dismissal was in haywire as he didn’t take the review and left the field without being given out as there was a sound of the ball hitting the bat.
Steve Smith was also soon sent to the dressing room by Shadab at 5 runs. Australians were now at 95 runs at 4 wickets after 12 overs. Glen Maxwell was also sent to the pavilion end by Shadab Khan bagging his fourth wicket. The last hope for Australia was now Mark Stoinis and Wade. They together took the score to 81 runs in just 6.3 overs unbeaten till the end to breach the goal of winning. Stoinis smashed 40 runs in 31 balls and Wade's stunning shots took him to 41 runs in 17 balls. Mathew Wade's hard-hitting shots made Australia reach the finals. Shadab Khan didn’t let Australians breathe and kept them on their toes throughout the match by scalping four wickets for 26 runs.
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