Pakistan vs Australia semi final preview: Who is going to beat the odds and come out on top?

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 was anticipated to be ruled by Asian teams. However, as the tournament progressed, there appears to be only one Asian team left in the semi-finals. Pakistan has a remarkable record of winning every single match in the knockout stage. Whereas, Australia is known to be one of the strongest teams in the World Cup. 

The details of the match are as follows-

Date: 11th November 2021

Time: 7:30 pm IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Pitch report:

The conditions are going to be excellent for cricket as the weather starts to cool a bit. The pitch is expected to be flat for batting and very good to score on. 

Pakistan is possibly one of the most impressive teams so far in the Super 12. Everything seems to be going smoothly for them. Their batsman Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are in sparkling form. Azam has matched the record for the most number of fifty-plus scores in a single edition of A T20 World Cup and Shoaib Malik has just hit the fastest T20 international fifty. Rizwan now holds the world record of most T20 runs as he went past Chris Gayle’s record of 1665 runs during his match against Scotland. 

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The batting lineup of Pakistan is phenomenal with their NRR being at a booming +1.583. Their highest-ranked bowler Haris Rauf was ranked at number 12 in the wickets table of the tournament. Additionally, the trio of Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf have picked up regular wickets, while Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan have supported them well. 

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Australia has faced a lot of problems at the beginning of the T20 World Cup. The fact that they have reached so far is a big achievement in itself. David Warner’s form is a welcome sign for Australia. Mitchell Marsh is the game-changer for them with both bat as well as the ball along with Glenn Maxwell. 

The biggest advantage that Australia has is its bowling attack. They boast a wicket score of 11 with Adam Zampa being in his best form. Starc, Cummins, Hazelwood, and Zampa are going to test the Pakistani batsmen for sure. The biggest challenge for the Aussies is going to be to score runs. They have an NRR of +1.216, which is comparatively lower than that of Pakistan. Finch and Warner are strong contestants however, the rest of the batting lineup is a bit sketchy. This could be where Australia could fall back just a bit. 

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Head-to-head count: 

  • Total – 24
  • Pakistan – 13
  • Australia – 9

Injury Update : There are no injured players in either of the teams as of now. 

Pakistan hasn’t lost a match in this tournament so far and wants to continue its winning streak whereas Australia has exceeded expectations so far in the tournament but was utterly outclassed on the one occasion when they came up against genuinely world-class opposition in England.

With both the teams equally deserving to win, who do you think will come out on top?

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