Green Shirts ready to break the wheel


Today, Pakistan will try its luck against Australia in the second Semi-final of a T20 World Cup. Overall, Pakistan’s record against the men in yellow is not good. In World Cup competitions, Pakistan has beaten Australia on many occasions but when it comes to the knockout stage Green Shirts always failed to deliver.

This time, the men in green are looking energetic and consistent. Throughout the tournament, they performed well in all departments. They have beaten India for the first time in World Cup competition. They also remained unbeaten for the first time in World Cup history.  

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Here are the details of all World Cup competitions between Pakistan and Australia.

1987 World Cup Semi-Final:

In 1987 World Cup, Pakistan face Australia in the first Semi-Final at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. In the famous Semi-Final, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. They started well and scored fluently. David Boon remained the top scorer as he scored 65 from 91 balls. A high number of extras (34) from the Pakistani bowlers, as well as the solid batting from earlier on, brought Australia to 267.  From Pakistan, the great Imran Khan took 3 wickets and conceded 36 runs.

In reply, Pakistan started very badly and lost 3 early wickets on 38 runs. Javed Miandad remained the top scorer as he scored 70 from 103 balls. Craig McDermott took 5 for 44 and Australia won the match by 18 runs.

1999 World Cup Final

After defeating Australia in the round match, Pakistan team was looking very strong. But the hope of winning the trophy vanished when it face Australia in the final at the Lords Cricket Ground.

After winning the toss, Wasim Akram decided to bat first at the very green surface. In a fine bowling display, Australia bundled out Pakistan for a score of 132. Ijaz Ahmed remained the top scorer as he managed to score 22 while Shane Warne took 4 wickets.

In reply, Australian opener Adam Gilchrist made the Pakistani Bowling Attack look like a child’s play making 54 off 36 balls and won the final by 8 wickets.

2010 T20 World Semi-Final

After losing a round match against Australia, Pakistan faced Australia in the second Semi-Final in T20 World Cup 2010. After winning the toss and batting first, Pakistani openers started well. With the help of two half-centuries from the Akmal brothers, Pakistan scored 191 runs.

In reply, Australia lost wickets regularly but a devastating partnership of Cameron White and Michael Hussey able Australia to chase the total. Michael Hussey scored a magnificent 56 runs while Amir took three wickets and Australia beat Pakistan by three wickets.

2015 World Cup Quarter Final

In the third Quarter-Final of 2015 World Cup, Pakistan and Australia faced each other at Adelaide. In the famous match, Pakistan decided to bat first and scored 213 runs on the board. Haris Sohail scored 41 while Josh Hazlewood took four wickets.

In reply, Australia chased the total in 33 overs but not easily. Half-centuries from Steven Smith and Shane Watson led Australia to victory while Wahab Riaz took two wickets including a devastating spell against the top order batsmen.

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