The first semi-final England vs New Zealand and the second semi-final Pakistan vs Australia proceeded almost the same way. For once it seemed that the second match was not a video recording of the first.

In the first semi-final, New Zealand defeated England to make it to the final for the first time and in the second semi-final Australia defeated Pakistan and made it to the final for the second time. Some similarities were seen in both the matches.

won the toss and bowled

The captain who won the toss bowled first. In the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first against England. Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan.

The team batting first made a score of more than 150

After struggling initially, Moeen Ali powered England to a challenging 166 for four against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup on the back of a flamboyant last-minute knock. Jos Buttler, who was in excellent form, could only score 29 runs in 24 balls but Moeen (51 not out off 37 balls, three fours, two sixes) and David Malan (41 runs in 30 balls, four fours, one six) took the third. Played an important role in the middle order adding 63 runs for the wicket.

At the same time, in the second semi-final, Pakistan scored a challenging score of 176 for four in 20 overs in the second semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup against Australia with the help of their opener Mohammad Rizwan (67) and Fakhar Zaman (55 not out). Was.

The team batting later lost the wicket in the first over.

In the first semi-final, when New Zealand came out to chase the score, opener Martin Guptill had given his catch to Rashid on the ball of Woakes in the process of flicking.

The same thing happened in the other semi-finals. Captain and opener Aaron Finch had no answer for the ball coming inside Shaheen Afridi. He left the pavilion without opening the account.

In the last 4 overs, 50 or more runs were needed to win.

In the first semi-final of England vs New Zealand, Jimmy Neesham and Darrell Mitchell were at the crease and 57 runs were needed in 4 overs to win. After this Chris Jordan’s 23-run over turned the match in favor of New Zealand.

Something similar was seen in the match of Australia vs Pakistan. Australia needed 50 runs in the last 4 overs to win. However, Hasan Ali’s next over in which the team scored 15 runs proved to be quite decisive.

Neesham and Wade get life

The New Zealand all-rounder hit an aerial shot off Chris Jordan. This shot was caught by Jonny Bairstow and then handed the ball to Livengiston but in the meantime he had put his foot on the boundary. Many questions were also raised on the technique of taking this catch. Had Johnny not run backwards, he might have taken this catch. Technically this would be called a catch drop.

On the other hand, dropping the catch of Matthew Wade yesterday was very expensive for Hasan Ali and the entire Pakistan team. Hassan could not stop his body at the right time to take the catch of Wade and went on the run. After this, Wade hit 3 consecutive sixes to win the match for Australia.

The bowler who bowled the first over in the second innings scored the last over of the match.

The story changed in the first and last overs of the match. Even though the bowler was the same. Where England bowler Chris Woakes took a wicket in the first over but in the 19th over, he had won New Zealand by conceding 18 runs.

At the same time, Shaheen Afridi also took 22 runs in the 19th over after dismissing Finch in the first over, due to which the match went to Australia.

Both the teams won by 5 wickets and the match ended in exactly 19 overs.

Against England, Darrell Mitchell ensured that the match did not go till the last over and Chris Woakes hit 2 sixes and 1 four in the over to take New Zealand to the final of the T20 World Cup for the first time. New Zealand won this match by 5 wickets.

At the same time, Matthew Wade did the same thing against Pakistan. This match also did not go till the last over. Matthew Wade made 22 runs needed for victory in the 19th over. Australia won this match by 5 wickets.

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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