DUBAI: After winning the toss, Australia elected to bowl first against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup semi-final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik were pronounced fit to play against Australia earlier today, bringing a sense of relief to the country.
A medical panel examined their health and approved their participation in the vital match, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Babar Azam said in a virtual news conference two days ago that he believes the Men in Green will sustain their momentum and play well against Australia in the semi-final.
In all of the matches, various issues have been pointed out, some of them pertain to batting and others to bowling, according to Babar.
Fielding failures were also detected on occasion, he said. “It’s great that we’re attempting to resolve these difficulties,” he remarked.
Australia’s squad includes David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Josh Hazlewood.
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf; Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali