Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade's unbeaten knocks of 40 and 41 respectively helped Australia defeat Pakistan by five wickets to enter the final of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.
Australia will now lock horns against New Zealand in the summit clash on Sunday at the same venue.
Chasing 177, Australia got off to the worst start possible as skipper Aaron Finch (0) was sent back to the pavilion by Shaheen Shah Afridi on just the third ball of the innings. However, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh did not let the momentum drop and the score read 52/1 after the end of the sixth over.
Pakistan stormed right back into the match as Shadab Khan dismissed Marsh (28), and this brought Steve Smith to the middle. In his next over, Shadab dismissed Smith (5). At the halfway mark, Australia was at 89/3, still needing 88 runs to win from 60 balls.
Shadab continued to be the match-winner for Pakistan and he got the biggest wicket possible as he sent the set batter Warner (49) back in the hut in the 11th over. Reverse and switch hits are the go-to shot for Glenn Maxwell, but this proved his downfall in this match, and Shadab bagged his fourth wicket, to reduce Australia to 96/5 in the 13th over.
In the last five overs, Australia needed 62 runs to win. Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis kept on registering boundaries and in the last two overs, Aaron Finch's side needed 22 to win. In the second last over, Hasan Ali dropped a simple catch of Wade, and it came to bite Pakistan, as Australia registered a win by five wickets. Wade scored 41 off just 17 balls.
Earlier, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman played knocks of 67 and 55 as Pakistan scored 176/4.
Meanwhile, Twitter users in India said they will now support New Zealand in the finals. "Australia winning is so boring man. So boring and so done. I'm behind NZ for the finals.. they truly deserve a trophy," a Twitter user said. "Whole India will cheer for New Zealand now !! Enough Done for Australia," said another user.
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(With ANI inputs)
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