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Australia beat Pakistan to reach T20 World Cup final


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DUBAI:– Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade stood unbeaten as Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets in the in the second semi-final of T20 World Cup 2021 Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Thursday.

Chasing 177 for victory, Australia were in trouble at 96-5 when Stoinis (40) and Wade, who hit three successive sixes in his 41, put on 81 to finish off the match with one over to spare in Dubai.

David Warner made 49 before being caught behind off leg-spinner Shadab Khan who took four wickets. The final is on Sunday in Dubai.

Earlier, after being sent to bat in the second semifinal by Australia, Pakistan have put 176 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs.

Mohammad Rizwan top-scored for Pakistan with his impressive 67 runs. He added 71 runs with skipper Babar Azam (39) the first wicket and 72 runs for the second wicket with Fakhar Zaman (55*).

Babar and Rizwan have been in top form right from their first match of the tournament where Pakistan thrashed arch-rivals India by 10 wickets.

Babar has also surpassed England s Jos Buttler to become the leading run-scorer in the ongoing tournament. Meanwhile, Rizwan became the first batter to score 1000 runs in T20Is in a calendar year.

After Rizwan was sent back to the pavilion in the 18th over, Zaman also scored fifty and gave the finishing touch in Pakistan s innings.

For Australia Mitchell Starc was the best bowler with his two wickets. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa picked one wicket each. Australia need 177 runs to win now but it will depend on how their batters will go in the chase. Earlier, both the teams made no changes in their playing XI.

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