Pakistan to face Australia on the Second Semi-Final of the T20 World Cup 2021 at 8 pm Bangladeshi time Tonight.
Australia was beset by doubts about their form heading into the World Cup. The batting order seemed off; there were far too many anchors and openers in the middle order. Josh Phillipe's omission looked to exacerbate the issue of too few power hitters, while Australia's fast bowling arsenal didn't seem to be tailored for the UAE.
However, since the competition began, Finch and David Warner have ensured that the bottom order has had nothing to do, while Mitchell Marsh looks to have found form that contradicts historical data. Mitchell Starc and co have shown that they aren't one-trick ponies, while the spinners, particularly Adam Zampa, have been among the tournament's standouts.
Babar Azam's team has gone back in time, as if it were the Mickey Arthur era all over again, in search of the recipe that has made them unbeatable in the UAE for the previous half-decade. A 10-wicket thrashing of India put the rest of the competition on notice, and a blazing group stage saw them become the only team to reach the semi-finals with a perfect record.
The surface for the semi-final has been used three times before, and the evidence suggests it should be suitable for batting.
Australia Probable XI
1 David Warner 2 Aaron Finch (capt) 3 Mitchell Marsh 4 Steve Smith 5 Glenn Maxwell 6 Marcus Stoinis 7 Matthew Wade (wk) 8 Pat Cummins 9 Mitchell Starc 10 Adam Zampa 11 Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan Probable XI
1 Babar Azam (capt) 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 3 Fakhar Zaman 4 Mohammad Hafeez/Haider Ali 5 Shoaib Malik 6 Asif Ali 7 Shadab Khan 8 Imad Wasim 9 Hasan Ali/Mohammad Nawaz 10 Haris Rauf 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi.