Match Preview

Australia will face Pakistan in the 2nd Semi-final of  ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 11 November at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. While Aaron Finch’s team is only two wins away from winning the T20 World Cup, Pakistan will try to build on their Super 12 success. The Men in Green will go into the semi-final as clear favourites, as they are the only team in the tournament to go undefeated, having won all five games in Group 2. Meanwhile, Australia, which advanced to the top four, has only lost one match so far.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 31 – 32° C


Total matches                                      51

Matches won batting first                   23

Matches won bowling first                 28

Average 1st Inns scores                    140

Average 2nd Inns scores                   128

Highest total recorded                        225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                         87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                          166/4 (19 Ov) by NAM vs NED

Lowest score defended                       129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Mohammad Rizwan – Due to his offensive stroke play and wicket-keeping skills, Rizwan became a fixture of Pakistan’s limited-overs side, bringing significant balance to the squad’s composition. His gritty yet remarkable skills will be beneficial for the upcoming match.

Matches – 160

Runs – 3705

Average – 39.00

2) Matthew Wade – As he went from Test wicketkeeper to specialist middle-order batsman, the left-handed batsman’s career has been a journey of reinvention. Wade is recognised for his toughness and dedication, which can be seen in his past performances.

Matches – 154

Runs – 2976

Average – 26.33

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Aaron finch – He’s a hard-hitting top-of-the-order batter who’s known for his ability to close out games. He started off as a middle-order batsman, but he was frequently used as a floater, batting up the order for the team.

Matches – 329

Runs – 9975

Average – 34.27

2) David Warner – The left-handed batter remains a bowlers’ nightmare, and his newfound ability to bat long and deep into an innings is possibly his most valuable quality. Without a doubt, he will be a key player for Australia in the upcoming match.

Matches – 311

Runs – 10026

Average – 37.26

3) Babar Azam – He is a top-order batter with fluid batting ability and has shown flashes of remarkable stroke-making skill. He played phenomenal innings against India in the last match. He is capable of leading his team to victory in this tournament.

Matches – 201

Runs – 7319

Average – 46.49

4) Shoaib Malik – A nearly two-decade-long career that began as an off-spinner and will most likely end as one of Pakistan’s most dependable batsmen in the shorter formats of the game. The man from Sialkot is a spectator’s delight thanks to a watertight defence and some attractive horizontal bat shots and lofted drives.

Matches – 448

Runs – 11132

Average – 36.73

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mitchell Starc – Starc ripped through batting line-ups at a rapid rate, hurting batsmen with a mix of chin music and searing toe-crushing yorkers. He has established himself as the offensive leader of Australia in all formats.

Matches – 109

Wickets – 195

Economy – 10.26

 2) Josh Hazlewood – He has suffocated countless batters with his steady precision, and he has also tried to adjust his arsenal to the format. He’ll be eager to make an impact and demonstrate his bowling variety.

Matches – 62

Wickets – 75

Economy – 7.46

 3) Shaheen Afridi – There is no dispute about Shaheen Afridi’s frighteningly limitless potential. Afridi, like his famous namesake, is blessed with a tall gangly frame and the ability to bowl really fast. He can also strike the ball hard with his good batting skills.

Matches – 101

Wickets – 136

Economy – 7.77

4) Haris Rauf – He is fiery with his T20 skills and has bowled phenomenal spells in the warm-up matches. He is full of great potential and is in excellent form to play this match.

Matches – 90

Wickets – 123

Economy – 8.34

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Marcus Stoinis – Stoinis is one of the few cricketers who can bat anywhere in the order, bowl important overs at both the start and finish of a T20 inning and field with authority.

Matches – 168

Runs – 3547

Average – 31.95

Wickets – 80

Economy – 8.93

 2) Mohammad Hafeez – Hafeez’s best quality can be described by a lean onto the front foot combined with a high elbow giving route to a peaceful cover drive. When Hafeez is at work, a tuck or a clip off the pads looks just as good. As do the flat darts, which are difficult to score in the limited-overs.

Matches – 344

Runs – 7398

Average – 26.04

Wickets – 191

Economy – 6.40

Predicted Playing 11

Pakistan – Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Australia – David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood


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