T20 World Cup: Australia bowl vs Pakistan as final berth vs Kiwis awaits
- Australia are playing their first T20 World Cup semi-final since 2010
- Australia have beaten Pakistan in all 4 meetings in ICC knockout games
- Pakistan are the only unbeaten side in the ongoing T20 World Cup
Speaking on his decision, Finch said he expected the wicket to remain the same throughout. "We will bowl. The wicket will not change a lot over the course of the game. This pitch has played true right through the IPL and the World Cup and expect more of the same tonight," Finch said at the toss.
While admitting that there will be some nerves among the players, given the enormity of the occassion, Finch said the "the guys are relaxed". He also confirmed Australia are fielding the same side that beat the Wet Indies by eight wickets in the last outing.
Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was confident in his team's ability and said their familiarity with the conditions will gives them an edge.
"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," Azam said.
The two sides are meeting in a knockout clash of the T20 World Cup for only the second time, after a Mike Hussey blitz led Australia to a thrilling win over Pakistan in the semi-final of the 2010 edition.
Another stat in Australia's favour is that they have beaten Pakistan on all four occassions they have met in a knockout game in ICC events.
But the most decisive factor going into the semi-final might be the fact that Pakistan have defied all odds to become the team to beat in the showpiece, winning all five of their matches so far.
Pakistan: 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: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.