Australia has made it to the final of the T20 World Cup 2021. Australia defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the second semi-final played in Dubai. This is the second time that the Australian team has reached the final of the T20 World Cup. The heroes of Australia’s explosive victory were Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis.
Wade and Stoinis shared a 40-ball 81-run partnership for the sixth wicket. And this partnership snatched victory from the jaws of Pakistan. Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade hit three sixes in three consecutive balls from Shaheen Shah Afridi in the 19th over to take his team to the final.
What did Aaron Finch Say After Beating Pakistan?
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After the match, Australian captain Aaron Finch praised these two batsmen fiercely. Finch said,
‘Didn’t think that the match would come in our bag. It was a great competition. The way Matthew Wade kept his patience till the end was terrific. Matthew Wade’s partnership with Marcus Stoinis was essential. I was confused while batting. And nowadays, in T20 cricket, opener batters have to face good balls.
We were very lax in fielding today. Drop some catches, although they were also tricky. But what we did today. What it shows is that all 15 players will have to contribute to achieving the target’.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 11, 2021
Let us tell you that in most of the T20 World Cup matches being played in UAE, the toss has decided the result of the match. Usually, all the captains have decided to field first after winning the toss. Chasing in UAE has been easy as due is seen in the second innings. Due to which bowlers have to face trouble in gripping the ball. In such a situation, Finch also wanted to win the toss. On toss and dew, Finch said,
We played good cricket in the end. And the chasing team has been successful too. There was no due factor in the match. Yes, the light made an impact. And the wicket was fast. I thought I would lose the toss and have to bat first. Runs have to be scored on the board and then defended. But this did not happen. We chased an excellent score in the end.
Let us inform you that after winning the toss, Finch elected to bowl first. Batting, Pakistan put 176 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. Mohammad Rizwan played an innings of 67 runs in 52 balls. During this, he hit three fours and four sixes. At the same time, Fakhar Zaman scored 55 runs in 32 balls. Fakhar also hit three fours and four sixes in his innings.
In reply, Australia won the match by losing five wickets. The team had to score 20 runs in the last 12 balls. And Matthew Wade completed the work by hitting three sixes. Now on November 14, Australia will face New Zealand in the final of the T20 World Cup.