Dubai (UAE) | Jagran Sports Desk: Mohammad Rizwan struck his third half-century of the tournament before Fakhar Zaman roared back to form with a 32-ball unbeaten 55 to power Pakistan to 176 for four in the second semifinal of the ICC T20 World Cup on Thursday.

Openers Rizwan (67 off 52) and Babar Azam (39 off 44) shared a 71-run stand before Zaman ended the innings on a high with his unbeaten knock. The last five overs yielded 59 runs for Pakistan.

Here are the highlights from Pakistan vs Australia match at the ICC T20I World Cup SF-2 2021:

23:20hrs: Aaron Finch | Winning skipper: Never thought it was in the bag. It was a great game of cricket. The way Wade held his nerve at the end was amazing. That partnership with Stoinis was crucial. I got my feet in a tangle and opening batsmen do get a few good balls now and then in T20 cricket. We were sloppy today in the field, a couple of tough ones. We need the support of all 17 players to get across the line. We have played some really good cricket in the back end. Teams chasing have been successful. There is no dew, the lights take effect. I was hoping I'd lose the toss, bat first and put up a good score on the board.

  Babar Azam | Losing skipper: I thought we scored as many runs as we had planned in the first innings. I think we give such teams a chance in the back end, it is going to be costly. The turning point was that dropped catch. Had we taken it, the scenario could have been different. The way we gelled and played the entire tournament, I am satisfied as a captain. Hopefully we'll learn from this for the next tournament. When you play so well throughout, there were small mistakes that cost us the match in the end. We gave players roles and they executed it really well. The way the crowds supported us, we enjoyed a lot as a team. We always enjoy playing here.

23:15 hrs: Matthew Wade named Man of the Match.

23:00hrs: Australia booked the ticket to the T20I WC finals after defeating Pakistan by 5 wickets

22:50hrs: After, 18.2 overs Australia has scored 156 after losing 5 wickets. They require 20 off 10 balls

22:30hrs: Australia raced off to 96/5 after 12.2 overs

21:50 hrs: Australia in trouble as they lose Smith, Marsh early in chase of 177.

21:25hrs: Aaron Finch lose his wickets in the first over, Australia 1-1.

21:15 hrs: Fakhar Zaman scored fifty as Pakistan set the target of 177 for Australia.

21:00hrs: Aasif loses his wickets for a golden duck, Pakistan gets 158-3 in 18.1 overs.

20:50 hrs: Aasif comes to the crease after Rizwan got out. 

20:40hrs: Mohammad Rizwan hits fifty off 41 balls, his third in the tournament, Pakistan gets 117 after 15 overs

20:15hrs: Fakhar Zaman comes to the crease, Pakistan raced off to 89-1 after 12 overs.

20:00hrs: Adam Zampa removed Babar Azam at 39 restricts him from his 5th half-century in the tournament.

19:50 hrs: After 6 overs, Pakistan raced off to 47-0 with Babar on 24 and Rizwan on 21.

19:40 hrs: Babar Azam takes charge as Pakistan cruise sails towards big runs.

19:30 hrs: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan opens for Pakistan after Australia opted to field first.

19:20hrs: Playing XI of both sides:

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


19:10 hrs:Babar Azam - 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.

  Aaron Finch - We will bowl. The wicket will not change a lot over the course of the game. The guys are relaxed, there'll be obvious nerves. This pitch has played true right through the IPL and the World Cup and expects more of the same tonight, no changes in the playing XI.

19:00hrs: Australia wins toss in crucial game, opt to bowl first

18:50hrs: Pakistan in the league stages of the tournament were unbeaten as they won 5 out of 5 matches while Australia witnessed a defeat and won 4 out of the 5 games.

18:40hrs: Here take a look at the Probable Playing XI of both sides:

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

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


18:30hrs: Also Read-Pak vs Aus, T20 WC 2021 Semi-Final: Check dream XI predictions, probable playing 11 of Pakistan and Australia

18:20hrs: Here, take a look at the Full squad of both sides: 

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Inglis


18:10 hrs: The toss will happen at 7 pm.

18:00 hrs: Pakistan will face Australia in the second semi-final of ICC T20 WC 2021.

Posted By: Ashita Singh