Hold your fire - ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final on Sunday



Hold your fire - ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final on Sunday

In a completely incredible game, Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets to set up the final with New Zealand. Sports can be cruel and unfair, again proved by Matthew Wade seemingly playing the best innings of his T20I career, and under immense pressure, was bold but powerful. He replied to Pakistan's best pacer with three consecutive sixes.

As we know, ICC Men’s Cricket T20 World Cup 2021, the 7th T20 Cricket World Cup, had started from 17 October 2021 in UAE and Oman, the finals to be held on 14 November 2021 in UAE. Total 16 teams played the tournament which included - India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, West Indies, South Africa, England, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Netherlands, Namibia and Ireland.

The ICC T20 World Cup had divided 16 teams into Group A, Group B, Group 1 & 2. Group A and Group B had four teams each, while Group 1 and Group 2 consisted of 6 teams each post-qualification phase.

Group A

Group B

Sri Lanka

Bangladesh

Ireland

Scotland

Netherlands

Papua New Guinea

Namibia

Oman

 

Group 1

Group 2

England

India

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

Pakistan

West Indies

Afghanistan

Group A topper (post qualification phase)

Group B topper (post qualification phase)

Group B runner-up (post qualification phase)

Group A runner-up (post qualification phase)

Pakistan and England played Super 12 Group, while India underwent an early exit at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. In this round, Pakistan was the only unbeaten side while England won four out of five, as did Australia and New Zealand, the four semi-finalists. After the first round, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Bangladesh, and Namibia ended the line-up for the Super 12 Group at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh entered the group that had the defending ODI and T20I World Cup Champions in England and West Indies. Scotland and Namibia entered Group 2, featuring India, Pakistan, and New Zealand.

Super 12 Group 1 final standings

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

NET RR

POINTS

 ENGLAND

5

4

1

+2.464

8

 AUSTRALIA

5

4

1

+1.216

8

 SOUTH AFRICA

5

4

1

+0.739

8

 SRI LANKA

5

2

3

-0.269

4

 WEST INDIES

5

1

4

-1.641

2

 BANGLADESH

5

0

5

-2.383

0

Super 12 Group 2 final standings

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

NET RR

POINTS

 PAKISTAN

5

5

0

+1.583

10

 NEW ZEALAND

5

4

1

+1.162

8

 INDIA

5

3

2

+1.747

6

 AFGHANISTAN

5

2

3

+1.053

4

 NAMIBIA

5

1

4

-1.890

2

 SCOTLAND

5

0

5

-3.543

0

New Zealand made a remarkable comeback

New Zealand defeated England by five wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi to reach their maiden T20 World Cup final. Opener Daryl Mitchell cracked a victorious 72 to lead New Zealand into their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup final with a magnificent five-wicket victory over England. Chasing 166 for victory, New Zealand was in trouble at 13-2 and 107-4 when Jimmy Neesham turned the semi-final on its cap with an 11-ball 27 to help reach the target with one over to save in Abu Dhabi. With 20 needed off the final 12 balls, Mitchell replied to Chris Woakes with two sixes and a four before his 47-ball blitz triggered wild celebrations began in the New Zealand dugout.

Matthew Wade to be remembered has Australia's semi-final hero

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Matthew Wade, who played the innings to Australia, made them reach their second T20 World Cup final. He credited his batting partner Marcus Stoinis to show him how to bat on the Dubai pitch in the second semifinal against Pakistan. Wade (41 not out of 17) and Stoinis (40 not out of 31) shared a thriving 81-run stand to pull off a five-wicket victory against Pakistan. Pakistan was on top when Wade joined Stoinis in the middle.

Wade said at the post-match presentation, "I was speaking to Stoinis at the other end and tried to pull out what they're doing. I got a little more pace on than expected; I probably could have used it a little bit earlier, but yeah... Glad to get a couple (of sixes) at the end. There wasn't a lot of chat before I went in as we lost quick wickets," He smashed three consecutive sixes off Shaheen Shah Afridi in the penultimate over to seal the game for his team. Australia needed 62 runs off the last 30 balls.

Marcus Stoinis and i had batted together in the first game and took some momentum today as well. I was a bit doubtful, but Marcus showed me the way out. There was one short side, and I was assured that I could pull it off if I had to target that, but it got down to two-a-ball, and you had to hit everything in your arc.

"I got a boundary away early on and then delayed for 5-6 balls, but Marcus got the boundary away and got us to a total where I was confident in the last two overs."

There's no lack of motivation for Matthew Wade to perform for Australia T20 WorldCup. Wade's knock to be remembered for a long time but he is just happy to justify the faith his team showed in him.

Indian Ex-Cricketers tweets went viral after Aus vs. Pak Match

'God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar to legendary all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and several other cricket fraternity members took social media to congratulate both teams for playing a memorable semi-final match in Dubai. "Special innings by Matthew wade! Catches win matches, and drop catches sometimes can be costly; bad luck Pakistan I thought they were brilliant throughout the tournament. Congratulations to Australia and New Zealand! It should be a cracker of a Sunday," Yuvraj said in his tweet.

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Which team is to get the Champions Crown?

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Australia succeeded a strong Pakistan side in their semi-final. At the same time, New Zealand claimed revenge after their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final loss to England, beating Eoin Morgan's men by five wickets, with six balls to spare.

An opportunity to claim the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday, Nov 14, may stand in front of both teams. The matches will be the first T20Is among the teams after their meeting in Sunday's ICC T20 World Cup final.