Pakistan’s dream of entering the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 final came to an abrupt end with Aaron Finch’s Australia posting a stunning five-wicket win in the second semifinal on Thursday (November 11).
Babar Azam’s side looked on course for a win after reducing Australia to 96/5 and had 20 to defend off the last 10 balls.
But paceman Hasan Ali dropped Matthew Wade on the boundary in the 19th over and the Australian wicketkeeper batsman then smashed the next three Shaheen Shah Afridi deliveries for sixes to seal the win.
Wade’s three sixes in that over got Australia over the line but the turning point of the match was Hasan Ali dropping a not so difficult chance at the mid-wicket boundary in the third ball of the over.
The dropped catch gave Wade another life, ending Pakistan’s hope of getting to the finals of the T20 World Cup 2021.