Former Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir has advised openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to play attacking cricket in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final game against Australia.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 has entered the last phase, with knockouts starting on November 10. The 4 semi-finalists of this year’s tournament are Australia, England from Group 1 and New Zealand, Pakistan from Group 2.
New Zealand will lock horns with England on Wednesday, November 10, and Pakistan will go head-to-head with Australia on Thursday, November 11.
Pakistan Need To Score At Least 35-40 Runs In The Powerplay – Mohammad Amir
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Amir said, Pakistan needs to enter the game with a positive mindset, and they should utilise every bit of the powerplay overs because a quality side like Australia won’t give a chance to make a comeback in the death overs. Mohammad Amir elaborated:
“The mindset of teams, especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is to post a score around 160 and in order to do that you need to take advantage of the powerplay. If you look at the match against Namibia, despite the fact that they didn’t have any world-class bowlers, Pakistan didn’t utilise the powerplay properly and tried to make up for it at the back end of the innings,”
“However, Australia won’t let you do that. They won’t concede 60 runs in the last four overs so Pakistan needs to ensure that they play attacking cricket from ball one. If you go in survival mode against top sides at the beginning, they won’t give you margin to make a comeback later in the match. We need to score at least 35-40 runs in the powerplay in order to score 160 plus,”
Amir further added that he feels that the only competition of Pakistan in the Group stage were India, and they failed to give a tough time to the team. He said:
“Pakistan’s real test will now begin because, in my opinion, the only team which could have given tough time to Pakistan in the group stage was India as we know the conditions in UAE very well,”
Amir believes that the Aaron Finch-led side are having a good rhythm and Babar Azam and co. have to be on top of their game to defeat Australia. He stated:
“Australia have been playing some good cricket and Pakistan needs to be on top of their game to beat them. Chasing [against West Indies] 160 in 16 overs for the loss of two wickets is no joke, it means that they [Australia] are in good rhythm,”
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