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T20 WC: Australia stumbles, Finch departs on this ball

Shaheen Afridi, once again choked the opponents taking the first wicket on the third ball of the innings, relieving his team of the pressure.

Dubai: Shaheen Afridi, once again choked the opponents taking the first wicket on the third ball of the innings, relieving his team of the pressure. 

Aaron Finch, the Australian skipper, returned to the dressing room without a single run, unable to play the single attacking ball of Afridi.

Afridi had shown his tactics in the game against India when he took 3 significant Indian wickets, conceding mere 31 runs.

Pakistan, starting steady, has been able to put a challenging total of 176 runs on the board against Australia in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup. 

Australia is to chase the highest total in Dubai of this tournament to win this T20 WC semi-final first time ever after 2012.

Pakistan lost its opening wicket of Babar Azam after a steady start making 71 after 9.6 overs.

Mohammad Rizwan, another star opener for Pakistan, garnered 67 runs in 52 deliveries before retiring to the dressing room, hitting four sixes and three fours. 

In the last overs of the innings, Pakistan failed to play without pressure leading to losing 3 wickets one after another. Starting with Mohammad Rizwan (after 17.2 overs), Asif Ali (after 18.1), and Shoaib Malik (after 19.2), Pakistan stumbled at the crucial time but managed to gather runs to challenge Aussies.

first published:Nov. 11, 2021, 9:45 p.m.

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