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T20 WC: Australia win the toss, opt to field against Pakistan

Australia get a favorable start as Aron Finch wins the toss and chooses to field as expected. Babar Azam and co. look forward to putting on a big score in their innings and successfully defending to sail in the final.

Dubai: Australia get a favorable start as Aron Finch wins the toss and chooses to field as expected.

Not that the toss will win the match, but Dubai has had an enviable record of favoring the chasing teams. In the 11 group games played here, only one team has successfully defended a score, and that was New Zealand who overcame a spirited Scotland chase. 

Babar Azam and co. look forward to putting on a big score in their innings and successfully defending to sail in the final.

Pakistan skipper said, “We’ll have to put runs on the board and then defend it. It’s an honour to lead this bunch of players, looking forward to playing some good cricket. UAE is our backyard, we know these conditions well. No changes for us as well”.

Australia eyeing on maiden T20 World Cup win will lock horns with 2009 titleholder Pakistan. 

Pakistan is undefeated in the tournament and the team will try to create early pressure as they have been doing throughout the tournament.

Aussies, not in the best form, have shown the strength where required to reach the semi-finals, first time since 2012. 

The powerhouse of the Kangaroos, Cummins Smith, Finch, Maxwell, and Hazelwood will have all the eyes on them trying to create magic to sail in the finals. 

Babar Azam, the top-ranked T20 batsman, is confident that his team to reach the finals and take the title home once again. 

The partnership of Babar and Rizwan has been one of the most successful in the tournament, and Aussies will have to break the momentum early to make hopes for their win against Men in Green.

Teams:

Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

first published:Nov. 11, 2021, 7:11 p.m.

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