With 20 needed off 10 balls in the chase of 177, Wade by dropped by Hasan Ali in the deep. The left-hander then launched three sixes to finish off the chase and stormed Australia in the final.
On the back of fifties from Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan posted 176, which Babar Azam was happy to take. However, the skipper then was left to rue the dropped chance by Hasan Ali, who had already conceded 44 runs with the ball.
“I thought we scored as many runs as we had planned in the first innings. I think if 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,” Babar Azam said at the post-match presentation.
I am satisfied as a captain: Babar Azam
Pakistan was the only side to go undefeated in the Super 12 stage, claiming comprehensive victories, including over India and New Zealand. Babar Azam, leading Pakistan for the first time in a World Cup, was satisfied with the performance of his team.
“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,” the Pakistani skipper concluded.
So it’s set – a trans-Tasman finale to conclude the T20 World Cup 2021. Australia and New Zealand will meet in the final on Sunday in Dubai with both sides chasing their maiden T20 title.