Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Semifinal: Pakistan, who are yet to lose a match in the tournament, who are just two steps away from their second title, will take on Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Babar Azam-led Pakistan team is the only team in the tournament to have won all its five matches. On the other hand, Australia who is looking for its first title. Till now the team has faced defeat in only one match in this mega event.
Pakistan has gone to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup five times. They reached the semi-finals in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. On the other hand, Australia will play T20 World Cup 2007, 2010, 2012 and its fourth semi-final of this season. Pakistan is looking a strong team in the tournament. At the same time, his batsmen are in excellent form. Openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are giving them a great start. However, Fakhar Zaman has not contributed much with the bat and his form could be a matter of concern for Pakistan.
Their bowlers have also performed well and have bowled according to the occasion. Fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf have taken wickets in the beginning, troubling the batsmen. But Hasan Ali’s performance has been normal for the time being. Spinners Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan have also performed well.
Meanwhile, the arrival of David Warner in form is a good sign for Australia, as he was not in form before. But the two half-centuries scored by him in the tournament are definitely going to give relief to Australia. Also, his opening partner and captain Finch can become a problem for Pakistan’s bowlers.
Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell seem to be fit for Australia with both bat and ball while Steve Smith believes in scoring runs. Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade can make quick runs in the last over. In the bowling department, pacers Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have done well with the new ball, while Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh have put the brakes on the opposition’s run rate in the middle overs.
Both the teams are as follows-
Probable playing XI for Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Adam Zampa.
Probable playing XI for Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shoaib Malik.