Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade ride Australia to beat Pakistan by 5 wickets and reach the T20 World Cup finals.
Australia was in trouble at 96-5 when Stoinis (40 runs) and Wade (41 runs) came to batting. The duo put on an 81 run partnership to finish off the match by chasing 177 runs target.
Australia will now meet New Zealand in the T20 World Cup 2021 final clash on Sunday in Dubai. After winning the Semis, Australia captain Aaron Finch said –
It was a great game of cricket. The way Matthew Wade held his nerve was outstanding, that partnership with Marcus Stoinis was crucial,
When I got out there with Marcus, he was really confident we’d get them, even though I was a little unsure,
He found the boundaries early on, and I was happy to chip in at the end.
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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam stated –
The way we started in the first half, we got the total we targeted,
But we gave them too much of a chance at the end of the chase. If we had taken that catch, it might have made the difference.
2021 T20 World Cup Semi-Final Match Info
Venue : Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Toss : Australia won the toss and elected to field.
Umpires : Chris Gaffaney (NZ), Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Referee : Jeff Crowe (NZ)
Result : Australia beat Pakistan by 5 wickets
Player of the Match : Matthew Wade (Australia)
Other Highlights : Babar lead the tournament’s batting chart (303 runs), Rizwan became the first player to aggregate 1,000 runs in T20 internationals in a calendar year.
Pakistan Team : Batting – Mohammad Rizwan top scored with 67 runs while Fakhar Zaman scored 55 runs and Babar Azam scored 39 runs for Pakistan to post 176 runs in 20 overs. Bowling – Shadab Khan took 4 wickets while Shaheen Afridi took 1 wicket.
Australia Team : Batting – David Warner scored 49 runs, Marcus Stoinis scored 40 runs and Matthew Wade scored 41 runs and reached the target of 177 runs in 19 overs. Bowling – Mitchell Starc took 2 wickets while Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa took 1 wicket each.