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Pakistan take on Australia in the second T20 World Cup semi-final in Dubai International Stadium.

The winner will take on New Zealand in Sunday’s final after a thrilling display from the Black Caps upset England behind some explosive batting from Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham. Aaron Finch has reiterated Australia’s underdog mindset this tournament, claiming to have been written off by some, with four wins in 15 T20s this year ahead of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

After an eight-wicket drubbing against England a couple of weeks ago, Australia rebounded superbly to win their final two Super 12s games and qualify for the final four against Pakistan.

“I think in this format of the game, if you look over the last few series, everyone had written us off by now,” Finch said. “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. I don’t think that we’ve exceeded our expectations whatsoever. We came here with a really clear plan to win this tournament, and we’re still alive to do that.”

Follow live score updates and commentary below as Australia and Pakistan battle it out at the Dubai International Stadium:

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Tactics – how will Pakistan use Asif Ali?

Pakistan have largely been a settled lineup in this tournament, provided top order solidity by their outstanding opening pair and with Fakhar Zaman a very useful left-handed spin-hitter at three. But if a platform is laid, how late will they leave it to introduce Asif Ali? Such has been his fearsome hitting in this tournament that it would be a surprise if he were to remain beneath Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik at the death but at what over will Pakistan be comfortable sending him in. 14 onwards?

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:40

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Pakistan Team News

Babar Azam is not too disappointed to be batting, much as though the ground has favoured chasing sides in this competion. The Pakistan captain says: “We are trying to put runs on the board,” UAE is our backyard so we know the conditions really well. We are trying to utilise that today.”

Pakistan are also as they were, with Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Rizwan able to play after their illness scares.

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

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:36

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Australia unchanged

“We think it is a nice-looking wicket and don’t think it will change too much,” says Aaron Finch. Everyone is quite relaxed, it is a huge occasion and we are pumped for it.

“I think the trend has been that the powerplay plays a huge part. Both teams have got firepower with the ball.”

Australia unchanged, as expected

XI: Finch (c), Warner, Marsh, Smith, Maxwell, Stoinis, Wade (wk), Cummins, Starc, Zampa, Hazlewood.

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:34

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AUSTRALIA WIN THE TOSS AND ELECT TO BOWL!

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:33

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Toss five minutes away

After more sparsely populated stands in Abu Dhabi yesterday, full house is expected in Dubai, presumably partly comprised of a good number of expatriate Pakistanis in the UAE.

The toss is about five minutes away.

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:27

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Pakistan confirm intentions to hold women’s PSL

Pakistan like little more than getting one over India, and it appears that Ramiz Raja has his eyes on beating the BCCI to the punch and introduce Asia’s first female franchise T20 tournament. Along with an imminent Under-19 edition of the Pakistan Super League, a women’s tournament is on the cards…

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:23

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Potential XI – Pakistan

Pakistan are also likely to stand pat with a tried and tested eleven. Hasan Ali has been the bowler who has struggled most in this tournament but has the fiery character favoured in a third seamer role for which he has limited competition, and his ball-striking adds further depth to a long batting line-up.

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

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:22

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Potential XI – Australia

It would be a surprise if either side were to tweak with well-honed tournament formulas today but you would suggest Australia are the likeliest to make an unexpected change. Glenn Maxwell’s off-spin has gone reasonably well in this tournament, enabling Aaron Finch to largely stick with his four specialist bowler strategy, but Pakistan are right-hander heavy in their top six and match up well. Marcus Stoinis or Mitchell Marsh may thus have to take more responsibility with the ball but Australia will fear a similar approach from their opponents to that of Sri Lanka, who took more than 50 from the four combined overs from Maxwell and Stoinis.

That fear still should not be enough to see Ashton Agar recalled, with the left-armer’s only appearance of the tournament the tonking by England. If Australia do make a shock change, Steve Smith might be the most vulnerable batter given how others have fired, but that would be a bold decision.

Australia probable XI: Finch (c), Warner, Marsh, Smith, Maxwell, Stoinis, Wade (wk), Cummins, Starc, Zampa, Hazlewood.

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:17

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Pakistan vs Australia: Looking back

These two have been here before. In 2010 it was an equally favoured Pakistan side that arrived at a semi-final against an Australian side with plenty of questions, with a place in a final against England on the line.

For much of that encounter in St Lucia it appeared like it would be Pakistan advancing, first powering to an apparently well clear of par 191 before tying down Australia through the middle. A strong bowling performance left 18 needed off the last, to be delivered by Saeed Ajmal’s mysterious kinking limbs and with Pakistan firm favourites for the final.

Yet three great Gros Islet launches from Michael Hussey powered Australia into the final, a potentially era-defining Pakistan side left shell-shocked by an astonishing finishing job. David Warner and Steve Smith will recall it fondly; Mohammad Hafeez less so. Another encounter like that remarkable semi-final would provide rather pleasurable fare for the neutrals this afternoon.

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 13:12

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Together again

Look away now, England fans of a certain age – Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer are sharing a cricket ground. Australia’s great opening pair are on opposite sides this afternoon, Langer by now a familiar face in overseeing an Australian side increasingly moulded in his spiky image, and Hayden (along with former South Africa metronome Vernon Philander) recently appointed to assist Saqlain Mushtaq in a new-look Pakistan coaching staff for this tournament – and providing insight like this.

Harry Latham-Coyle11 November 2021 12:58




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