A last-minute fault from Pakistan cost the T20 World Cup final on Thursday. Hasan Ali, who was already taken to the cleaners by Aussies, failed big time on the field. He literally dropped the World Cup for Pakistan.
- Hasan Ali dropped Mathew Wade during the third ball of the 19th over.
- At that point of time, Australia needed 22 runs off the last two overs.
- Ali overran at mid-wicket and tried to hurry in his attempt to grab the ball. As a result, the ball slipped from his hands and Wade quickly rushed back to the strike.
- What followed next was ruthlessness as Wade slammed the next 3 balls for consecutive sixes.
- The power-packed show guided underdogs Australia into the T20 World Cup Final against New Zealand.
#PAKVSAUS #SemiFinal #Hasanali @shoaib100mph
where Pakistan lost the match pic.twitter.com/SL65J9sZAX
— JATIN POPAT🇮🇳 (@Jatinp07) November 11, 2021
Pakistan captain Babar Azam addressed Hasan Ali’s catch drop as the ‘turning point’.
“The turning point was that dropped catch. Had we taken it, the scenario could have been different,” he told post-match.
“When you play so well throughout, there were small mistakes that cost us the match in the end,” he added.
Hasan Ali also gave away 44 runs with no wickets in the T20 World Cup semifinal.
Mathew Wade turned out to be the hero of the match with 17-ball 41. He finished the match with an over to spare against dangerman Shaheen Afridi. He smashed the first ball at short fine leg for a six and then followed it with a deep mid-wicket maximum. He played a scoop off the final ball leaving the Pakistan team and fans stunned with his magic.
Matthew who?👀MATTHEW WADE #T20WorldCup | #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/G1gzs7Gg5n
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) November 11, 2021
Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade expressed his happiness after his side thrashed Pakistan in the second semi-final of T20 World Cup.
“I was talking to Stoinis at the other end and tried to work out what they’re doing. I got a little more pace on than expected, I probably could have used it a little bit earlier, but yeah.. glad to get a couple at the end. There wasn’t a lot of chat before I went in as we lost quick wickets. But when I got out there, me and Marcus had batted together in the first game and got some momentum today as well. I was a bit unsure but Marcus showed me the way out,” said Matthew Wade in a post-match presentation.
“I was out of the two teams for 2-3 years, just came back 20 games ago and am happy to have repaid the faith,” he added.