Australia defeat Pakistan by five wickets to race into the final of the ICC T20 World Cup! Wade and Stoinis provide the Australian fireworks that win the game!
For the second night in a row, another team of tournament favourites – Pakistan this time – paid the price for conservative batting in the first innings and were consumed by the curse of trying to defend a total.
Sent into bat, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman smashed quick fifties, as Pakistan ultimately posted 176 for four.
Rizwan scored 67 off 52 balls, including three boundaries and four sixes. Zaman remained unbeaten on 55 off 32. The number three’s innings also featured three fours and four maximums.
Together with skipper Babar Azam (39), Rizwan shared 71 runs for the opening stand, before putting on 72 runs with Zaman. With the ball, Mitchell Starc picked up 2 for 38 for Australia.
In reply, the Aussies lost Aaron Finch early to a LBW decision off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh made 49 and 28 respectively, before being dismissed by leg-spinner, Shadab Khan.
Pakistan looked in much more control with their bowling than England did in Abu Dhabi. At the start of the 16th over, Australia needed 62 off the last five, with five wickets in hand.
Step forward Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis. In these players, Australia had two batters who had barely had a chance in the competition. However, on Thursday evening, their incredible displays of power hitting blunted the best bowling attack in the tournament!
Stoinis finished unbeaten on 40, from 31 balls. Wade racked up 41 not out, from just 17 balls at an unbelievable strike rate of 241.17!
Australia now play New Zealand in the final on Sunday the 14th of November, at the Dubai International Stadium.