Dubai, Nov 11: Pakistan and Australia will face off in the second semi-final in Dubai on Thursday to play for a place in Sunday’s showpiece against New Zealand.
But if Australia are to get there they will have to find a way past the form team of the tournament in Babar Azam’s Pakistan.
The Group 2 winners dismantled India in their opening match of the tournament to set the tone for an outstanding campaign, following that up with another comfortable win over their potential final opponents New Zealand.
And Pakistan, inspired by their skipper’s four half-centuries in the Super 12 stage, cruised through as Group 2 winners with further wins over Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland. They are now looking to achieve what no team ever has: win the the Men’s T20 World Cup without suffering a single defeat.
“Yeah, Pakistan have played brilliant cricket,” Thursday’s opposing captain Aaron Finch said told the world’s media. “I think the way that they’ve gone in the powerplay with the bat and ball has been really crucial to their success
“But it’s interesting how the narrative can change really quick. About 10 days ago our team was too old and now we’re an experienced team. That’s just how it all gets portrayed. From day one I’ve had a real lot of confidence in the way that we’ve gone about this with the squad that we’ve got.
The match: Pakistan v Australia, Semi-final 2
Time: 6:00pm local time, Thursday 11 November
Venue: Dubai International Stadium