The second semi-final match of the T20 World Cup 2021 will be played between Pakistan and Australia today. The clash between the two teams will start at 7.30 pm at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both the teams have made it to the league stage after a stellar performance. Pakistan topped Group-2 while Australia is second in Group-1. Pakistan hoisted the winning flag in all their five matches of the sup-12 round. On the other hand, Australia won four matches and lost one .
Pakistan started their campaign in the tournament with a historic win against India. The Pakistan team led by Babar Azam defeated New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland. Pakistan won the T20 World Cup title in the year 2009 and now the team will be looking to enter the final for the second time. At the same time, Australia defeated South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies in the Super-12 round and lost against England. The Kangaroo team was the runner-up in the year 2019 and will come with full strength to enter the title match for the second time.
Pakistans bowling attack has also impressed a lot. Fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf have troubled the opposition batsmen but Hasan Ali has not been able to perform as expected. Babar expects Hassan to do better against Australia. Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan will be captain Babars main weapons in the spin department against Australia. Against spin, Australia has faced trouble on several occasions. On the other hand, 2010 runners-up Australia are showing their top game at the right time and would like to win the title here and win the ICC tournament they have not won so far.
Apart from an eight-wicket loss against England, the Finch-led side have dominated all their other matches, registering victories and beating South Africa to reach the semi-finals. Australia have a very strong fast bowling attack comprising Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins while leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who is the second most successful bowler of the current tournament, has done well in the middle overs. All-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh have led the team to successes with the ball and will also have the option of playing left-arm spinner, Ashton Agar.
The toss has been discussed a lot during the T20 World Cup. After winning the toss, the bowling team has got the upper hand so far. The team batting first has been able to win only once in Dubai. The average score at this ground has been 122. However, apart from the bowlers, there is also a possibility of getting help to the batsmen at the Dubai International Stadium. In fact, the pitch used for the semi-finals of Pakistan and Australia has given good assist to the batsmen in the last three matches. Dew can also be a factor here. Dubai has more dew than Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, making defending the target even more challenging.
The weather will be hot in Dubai on Thursday. However, when the players of Pakistan and Australia take to the field in the evening, some relief is expected. Where the temperature during the day will be 31 degree Celsius, then the temperature during the match is likely to be around 27 degree Celsius. The players will not have to bear much of the humidity, which is expected to be around 43 per cent. The wind can blow at a speed of about 11 km per hour. The weather will be clear and there is absolutely no chance of rain. It is worth noting that Pakistan has won both their matches played in Dubai in the current tournament, while Australia played three matches, winning two and losing one.