Australia beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in a heart-wrenching match. The second semi-final also followed almost the script of the first semi-final. For the once troubled Australia, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade made an unbeaten partnership to chase down the target of 177 runs just an over ago.

Chasing 177 runs, Australia had lost 4 wickets for 89 runs in 10 overs. After this the Pakistani spinners cracked down. After some time, the wicket of Glenn Maxwell also fell and after that it seemed that Pakistan were in possession of the match. But in the 19th over, Matthew Wade was caught and with 3 consecutive sixes, Wade gave Australia a historic victory. Australia won by scoring 177 for five in 19 overs and entered the final.

Australia will face their neighbors New Zealand in the final on November 14, who also beat England by five wickets with one over remaining in the first semi-final. This is the second time Australia has reached the final. Earlier in the year 2010, Australia had reached the final after defeating Pakistan in the semi-finals.

Player of the match, Wade hit two fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 41 off 17 balls. Wade put on a match-winning 81-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Marcus Stoinis. Stoinis hit two fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 40 off 31 balls. Pakistan captain Babar Azam also admitted after the match that dropping Hasan Ali’s catch was the turning point of the match. Azam said that if that catch had been caught, a new batsman would have come forward and the outcome of the match could have been different.

Australia’s opener David Warner hit three fours and three sixes in his 30-ball 49. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan’s ball, on which Warner was caught by the wicketkeeper, if he had taken DRS later on, he might have been saved but he walked towards the pavilion as soon as the umpire raised the finger. Took one wicket each in all four overs. Shadab took four wickets for 26 runs in four overs. Afridi got one wicket for 35 runs.

Earlier, Pakistan scored a challenging 176 for four with the help of brilliant half-centuries from opener Mohammad Rizwan (67) and Fakhar Zaman (55 not out), but Australia achieved the target in 19 overs.

Rizwan and captain Babar Azam added 71 runs in 10 overs in the opening partnership. Azam became the victim of leg-spinner Adam Zampa after scoring 39 runs in 34 balls with the help of five fours. Rizwan then shared a 72-run partnership with Zaman for the second wicket. Rizwan made 67 runs in 52 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes and was caught by Steven Smith off Mitchell Starc. Rizwan scored his 11th T20I half-century.

Zaman completed his half-century in 31 balls by hitting two consecutive sixes off Starc’s balls in the last over. Asif Ali was dismissed without opening the account while Shoaib Malik was bowled by Starc after scoring a run. Asif’s wicket was taken by Pat Cummins. Zaman returned unbeaten on 55 off 32 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. Mohammad Hafeez remained unbeaten on one run. For Australia, Starc took two wickets for 38 runs while Cummins and Zampa took one wicket each.

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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