Best Against The Best | Pakistan vs Australia Preview:
Pakistan and Australia will lock horns in the all important 2nd Semi Final of the ICC World T20 2021. Pakistan finished at the top spot of their group, while Australia finished second in their group. Both Teams will meet in the 2nd Semi Final today at Dubai. Both teams are supremely talented and the 2nd Semi Final promises to be a good one. The winner of this Semi Final will meet New Zealand in the final.
Speaking of Head to Head record, Pakistan is marginally ahead of Australia. Both teams have faced each other 23 times in this format of the game. Pakistan emerged victorious 13 times while Australia won 9 games (1 game was NR). The last time these two sides played T20I at Dubai, Pakistan got the win by 33 runs. Pakistan have a score to settle as the last time when these two teams played a Semi Final, the hearts of millions of Pakistanis were broken when Michael Hussey delivered carnage to steal the game away from Pakistan in 2010 World T20.
Speaking of top performers, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are the top 2 run getters for Pakistan in this event. It will be important for Australia to get anyone or both of the Pakistani openers out as soon as possible. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood, both are in fine form and they would have to play a key role in getting the Pakistani openers out quickly. Then of course, the leading wicket taker of Australia in this tournament, Adam Zampa will also have to deliver magic in the crunch Semi Final. With 187 runs in the tournament, David Warner will be the key batsman for Australia. His match up with Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi would be a treat to watch. Moreover, Imad Wasim has also been in fine form with the new ball and he will also have a big role to limit David Warner’s charge today.Both teams are well balanced, let it be the new ball attack or consistent openers, both sides are equally threatening.
Both teams have an equal head to head record in World T20 matches. Both sides have won 3-3 games. Toss will play a very important role, as it has throughout the tournament. Pakistan preferred chasing in the initial 3 games of the tournament, but afterwards they also succeeded defending a total twice. Pakistan would be riding high on confidence due to their unbeaten run, but Australians are always confident in mega events in their own right. As far as team news is concerned, Pakistan had a problem with Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Rizwan suffering from flu. But sources have cleared out that they both are fit to play so its likely that they both will play. Australia are also expected to play the same lineup that they played in their final group match.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), M Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, M Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, M Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Adam Zampa