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Pakistan vs Australia – Shaheens vs Kangaroos. Who can win the 2nd Semi Final of T20 World Cup 2021.

Pakistan has been the most outstanding team at the tournament as far, having won all five of their Super 12 matches, including a historic maiden World Cup victory over key rivals India. Pakistan won convincingly against New Zealand followed by winning from Afghanistan. 

Australia grabbed a thrashing victory in their final group game, edging out South Africa on net-run-rate and qualifying alongside England for the final four. England and New Zealand is playing Semi Final 1 while Pakistan will face Australia in the 2nd Semi Final of the T20 World Cup 2021

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PAKISTAN vs AUSTRALIA in T20 World Cup Semifinal:

Australia will rely on their top-order batting, anchored by the explosive David Warner, and Adam Zampa’s leg-spin arsenal to beat a red-hot Pakistan in the T20 World Cup’s second semi-final on Thursday. With four wins and a superior run rate than South Africa, Australia reached their first semi-final of the tournament since 2012. However, they will face an unbeaten Pakistan, who advanced to the last four with five Super 12 victories, including their first ever in the event against rivals India.

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Australia’s Strength:

Australia has won five World Cups in 50-over cricket, including three in a row, but has yet to win a T20 World Cup in six attempts.

Warner has led the effort, scoring 89 not out in Australia’s triumph over the West Indies and a blistering 65 against Sri Lanka, which silenced his detractors. For the competition, he presently has 187 runs.

Glenn Maxwell, an all-rounder, said the Australian batsmen will not be afraid to go for the runs in order to unsettle Pakistan’s attack, which is led by left-arm fast Shaheen Shah Afridi.

With 11 wickets, Zampa is the tournament’s joint second-highest wicket-taker, but the 29-year-old has stayed under the radar.

“I don’t think anyone has underestimated him,” Finch said of Zampa, who had the greatest return of the tournament with 5-19 against Bangladesh in Dubai.

“I’ve seen teams go the other way and try to hold wickets back so they can go at the finish,” Maxwell explained.

“However, for us, it’s probably starting with freedom and trying to make the most of the powerplay to put the opposition on the back foot.”

“He’s someone who thrives on competition and a good battle.”

Zampa is the tournament’s equal second-highest wicket-taker with 11 wickets, but the 29-year-old has remained relatively unknown.

“I don’t think anyone underestimated him,” Finch said of Zampa, who had the best return of the tournament against Bangladesh in Dubai, with 5-19.

“Competition and a good fight are two things that he enjoys.”

“We’ll attempt to maintain the level of consistency we’ve shown so far in the competition and hope to play good cricket in the semi-finals,” Babar, who has four half-centuries in five innings, said.

When asked how he felt about facing Australia, Babar said: “In T20 cricket, no team can be taken lightly. On that day, you must play excellent cricket.”

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Pakistan’s Strength:

In the penultimate over of their Super 12 match, Pakistan’s Asif Ali smashed four sixes off Afghanistan bowler Karim Janat to get his team the requisite 25 runs.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, both veteran batsmen who smashed an 18-ball 54 in their side’s last pool win over Scotland, provide experience to the batting order.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, both veteran batsmen who smashed an 18-ball 54 in their side’s last pool win over Scotland, provide experience to the batting order.

With Afridi in threatening form with the new ball, the 2009 champions appear to have covered all bases.

Former Pakistan sprinter Shoaib Akhtar, however, urged the team against being complacent in their knockout match.

“Forget the Super 12 now,” Akhtar said on Twitter, “just use the energy and go into the semis with a reinvigorated concentration.”

Teams Pakistan vs Australia:

Both teams are expected to play with the listed players

Pakistan likely XI:

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 likely XI:

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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