Two of the most impressive teams in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup - Pakistan and Australia - will take on each other on Thursday for a stake in the final with a clearer view of the position they would like to take on Sunday. While Pakistan decimated all the teams in the group to secure the top position, Australia were pretty impressive in their approach, and winning four games out of five, they did no harm to their chances.
Head to Head
Overall 23 | Pakistan 13 Wins | Australia 9 Wins | No Result 1
Last Five Matches | Pakistan 2 Wins | Australia 2 Wins | No Result 1
Since the resumption of the Indian Premier League 2021 in UAE, Dubai International Cricket Stadium has hosted 24 matches and batters have scored at an average of 7.7. An SR of 128.8 may not inspire much confidence but this venue has been comparatively better for batting than the other two venues in UAE.
In the same time period, pacers have taken 65.1% of wickets and picked 3.5 wickets per game as compared to spinners who have picked just 1.9 wickets per game. Economy-wise, however, spinners have done better, with 6.8 ER going up against pacers’ ER of 8.1. In the last three years, the average first innings score in Dubai is 142 with the batting first team winning 50% of the matches.
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After enduring a tough IPL where he was eventually dropped from the Sunrisers Hyderabad set-up, David Warner has made a fine comeback to form in the T20 World Cup. He has already hit two big half-centuries, an 89* and a 65, to ensure Australia go into the semis encounter in premium form. Warner has scored 79 runs off 56 balls against the spinners in this World Cup and is the only batter to not get out against spinners despite facing more than 50 balls. He will hold the key against Pakistan spinners.
Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Warner to score 30-46 runs
While Warner is capable of taking down Imad Wasim, his opening partner Aaron Finch is capable of attacking left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who will take the new ball and has done well doing so. Finch has a great record against all the bowling types in T20Is and his record against left-arm pacers is simply phenomenal as he averages over 170 against them and scores at an SR of 156.
Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Finch to score 20-30 runs
In the five matches so far, Babar has scored four fifties and failed to do so only in the game against New Zealand. With 264 runs to his name, no batter has scored more runs than Babar in this World Cup and he averages 66 in the competition. Babar has joined the likes of Virat Kohli and his batting coach Matthew Hayden for hitting the most fifties in a World Cup in this format and if he manages to hit one more fifty, he will become the first batter to hit five fifties in a WC edition and also the first one to hit four consecutive fifties in T20 WCs.
Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Babar to score 35-53 runs
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Player Match-ups to watch out for
The match-up between Glenn Maxwell and Shadab Khan will be interesting. In 18 balls he has faced off Shadab, Maxwell has been dismissed three times, scoring just 20 runs. How Maxwell encounters Shadab in the middle overs will be the key to success here.