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T20 World Cup: Australia beat Pakistan by 5 wickets: Enter Finals with New Zealand

Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade heroics help Australia edge past Pakistan to reach their 2nd final

Australia rode on outstanding batting performances from Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis and David Warner to beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in the 2nd semifinal in Dubai.

Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade heroics help Australia edge past Pakistan to reach their 2nd final

Australia (177/5) beat Pakistan (176/4) by 5 wickets in the 2nd semifinal

David Warner (49), Matthew Wade (41*), Marcus Stoinis (40) starred in the chase for Australia

Australia will face first-time finalists New Zealand in Dubai on Sunday (Nov. 14)

Pakistan’s phenomenal run in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 finally came to an end on Thursday as they went down by 5 wickets against a spirited Australian team in the second semifinal in Dubai.

Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis played the knocks of their lives to help the Aussies gun down 177 in 19 overs to end Pakistan’s 5-match winning run and hand the Men in Green their first defeat in a T20I in the United Arab Emirates after 16 games.

Wade and Stoinis’s unbroken 81-run partnership for the sixth wicket stunned Pakistan as Australia reached the final of the T20 World Cup for the second time after 2010. The T20 World Cup will see a maiden winner on Sunday when Australia take on first-time finalists New Zealand in Dubai.

Wade, who was dropped on 21 by Hassan Ali off Shaheen Afridi’s bowling in the penultimate over, made Pakistan pay the ultimate price by smashing three sixes off the next three balls to finish the match in style for the Aussies.

Wade remained unbeaten on 41 off 7 balls with 4 sixes and 2 fours while Stoinis was not out on 40 off 31 balls after David Warner laid the foundation for the chase with his 30-ball 49 at the top of the order.

For Pakistan, Shadab Khan produced the best bowling performance in the T20 World Cup semifinal history with 4 wickets for 26 runs while Afridi took 1 for 35.

Earlier, Pakistan rode on superb batting performances from Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman and Babar to post a competitive 176 for 4 on the board in 20 overs.

Pakistan got off to a strong start with Rizwan (67) and Babar (39) forging a 71-run partnership for the opening wicket before the wicketkeeper-batsman added another 72 with Fakhar for the second wicket.

Rizwan became the first-ever batsman to amass 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year during his 11th T20I half-century while Fakhar provided the late flourish with his unbeaten 55 off 32 balls.


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