It was quite a funny moment when Australia opener David Warner charged down to smash a delivery from Mohammad Hafeez which had bounced twice during the semi-final clash in Dubai. He did indeed manage to put it over the fence, showcasing his brute strength.
Called upon to bowl amid the presence of dew, Hafeez decided to bowl hard into the pitch. However, he didn’t have proper control over the ball and sent it on the outside leg-stump with the pitching twice on the surface!
David Warner, who was in good touch, realized his opportunity quickly and charged down the track, meeting the ball in the middle of his bat, and slogging it over deep mid-wicket.
Shadab Khan takes four wickets leaving Australia struggling in the chase
Chasing 177, Australia were given a big blow in the first over when Shaheen Afridi trapped Aaron Finch lbw. After playing out three tight opening overs, David Warner unleashed against Imad Wasim, whacking the spinner for a six and two fours in a 17-run over.
Mitchell Marsh thumped a maximum and three fours to take Australia to 52/1 at the end of the powerplay. But Marsh soon perished, trying to attack Shadab Khan, who also got the better of Steve Smith. Between those two wickets, though, Warner slogged two more sixes, keeping the required rate under 9 with half of the innings to go. Warner, however, lost his wicket to Shadab, just one short of his fifty.
Shadab capped off his superb spell with the big wicket of Glenn Maxwell, caught at deep point off a mishit reverse-sweep. Shadab ended his night with brilliant figures of 4/26 as Australia were left struggling in the chase at 103/5 after 13 overs.