- Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets to reach Sunday’s final against New Zealand in Dubai.
- Both Australia and New Zealand will be competing for their first T20 World Cup.
- Pakistan won all of their five group matches to top Group 2.
- Australia won four out of their five matches to qualify for the semi-final.
Wade ‘outstanding’: Captain Finch
Skipper Finch hailed the innings by Wade, calling it “outstanding”.
“It was a great game of cricket. The way Matthew Wade held his nerve was outstanding, that partnership with Marcus Stoinis was crucial,” he said.
Losing Pakistan captain Azam said the dropped catch of Wade in the 19th over was the turning point of the match.
Wade declared man of the match
Matthew Wade’s flurry of boundaries and sixes towards the end have earned him the man of the match award.
“I’m just happy to contribute. I was out of the team for a while, just happy I got an opportunity again,” he said in his post-match comments.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 11, 2021
The Aussies are through! Australia 177/5 (19 overs)
It’s all over!
Three straight sixes by Wade and Australia win by five wickets and one over to spare to reach the T20 cricket World Cup final.
They will face New Zealand in the Final on Sunday in Dubai.
Wow, Australia, Wow! What a knock from Matthew Wade!! This was Pakistan's game to win, but Australia were not to be denied. All to play for in trans-Tasman final, we are guaranteed a first-time champion. #AUSvsPAK #T20WorldCup
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 11, 2021
Dropped! Australia 159/5 (18.3 overs)
Ali drops Wade. Australia now need 18 to win.
Australia 155/5 (18 overs)
Twenty-two runs of the last over. Afridi to bowl the 19th.
SIX! Australia 149/5 (17.3 overs)
Matthew Wade hits Ali for massive six, who is bowling his last over. This game is going down to the wire.
Australia 140-5 (17 overs)
Stonis keeping Australia in the match. Thirteen runs off that over.
Australia 127/5 (16 overs)
Twelve runs of that over from Ali as Australia try to swing the game away from Pakistan.
Australia 115-5 (15 overs) Target 177
Afridi bowls a decent over with only six runs off the over.
With five overs to go, Australia require 62 runs to win #T20WorldCup
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 11, 2021
Australia 103-5 (13 overs)
Fourteenth over starts with Rauf to bowl his second over.
WICKET! Australia 96-5 (12.2 overs)
Maxwell goes trying to reverse sweep Shadab as Rauf takes a brilliant catch. Australia in real trouble now!
Marcus Stonis walks in as Shadab bowls out his last over.
Australia 95/4 (12 overs) Target 177
Run rate required is now 10.25.
WICKET! Australia 89/4 (10.1 overs)
Warner out and a third for Shadab Khan! A massive wicket for Pakistan as they tighten the screws on Australia.
Shadab has turned the game on its head!!!
— Syed Ali Zia Jaffery (@syedalizia1992) November 11, 2021
Australia 89/3 (10 overs)
Another 10 overs remaining. Australia run-rate 8.90. Required run rate 8.79.
Australia 77-3 (8.3 overs)
Shadab gets his second of the game as Zaman takes a good catch near the boundary. Steve Smith is out for 5.
Glenn Maxwell is the new man in.
WICKET! Australia 52-2 (6.2 overs)
Dangerman Marsh caught by Ali off spinner Shadab Khan after putting a quickfire 28 on board.
Australia 49-1 (5 overs)
A successful over as the Aussies score 14 runs of the fifth over. Australia now in a commanding place after that early wicket of Finch.
Australia 29-1 (4 overs) Target: 177
A big fourth over for Australia. Seventeen runs from 6 balls. Haris Rauf starts his first over.
Pakistani all-rounder and left-arm spinner Imad Wasim will start the second over.
WICKET! Australia 1-2 (0.3 overs)
Skipper Finch gets caught leg before wicket by Afridi, with only two balls played in the innings. Mitchell Marsh is the new batsman in.
Australia come out to bat
Openers Warner and Aaron Finch start. Shaheen Afridi to open the bowling.
Pakistan 176/4 (20 overs)
Pakistan complete their innings with two massive sixes from Zaman in the last over who scores 55 runs of 32 balls.
Australia 177 from 120 balls. Run rate required 8.85.
WICKET! Pakistan 162-4
Malik goes for only one 1 run as Starc shatters his wicket. Muhammad Hafeez is the new man in.
Very poor planning to send Malik over Hafeez with the fast bowlers bowling
— Osama. (@ashaqeens) November 11, 2021
WICKET! Pakistan 158/3
Pat Cummins gets the important wicket of Muhammad Asif.
Pakistan 158/2 (18 overs)
Pakistan score 15 runs with one six in the over.
WICKET! Pakistan 143/2
Rizwan is gone for 67! Caught at mid-off by Steve Smith off Mitchell Starc. Mohammed Asif is the new batsman in.
World's best all format keeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan becomes the first and only batsman to score more than 1K T20I runs in calendar year. Rizwan holds the world record for most T20 & T20I runs in a calendar year. Pakistan cricketers dealing in world records. #Cricket
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) November 11, 2021
Good over from Zampa
Only five coming of the over. Zampa completes his four overs with 22 runs given and one wicket.
Pakistan 122/1 (16 overs).
Pakistan 106/1 (14 overs)
Another good over for Pakistan with 14 runs coming of it and Rizwan completing his 11th T20i 50.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 11, 2021
Pakistan 90-1 (12 overs)
Pakistan have good over with 14 runs of Zampa, including one massive six by Rizwan!
WICKET! Pakistan 71/1
Captain Azam caught by David Warner of Zampa as Australia breath a sigh of relief.
Fakhar Zaman is the new batsman in.
Excellent length from Zampa throughout. If you want to get after him you have to smash him out of the park – he won’t bowl a bad delivery.
— People’s Commissar (@faisal_parla) November 11, 2021
Eight overs, 62 for 0
A good over for Pakistan with 11 runs.
Pakistan reach 50 runs with no loss
Seven overs are completed as Pakistan cross the half-century mark with both openers at the crease.
Six overs completed, Pakistan 47/0
Pakistan end a very good powerplay Pakistan with openers captain Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan drove their team to 47-0. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa comes in to bowl.
The South Asian team is 11 for no loss after two overs.
Australia win the toss
The Australian side has chosen to field against Pakistan in the second T20 semi-final.
Australia – David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan – Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf