T20 World Cup: Pakistan ready to face Australia in second semi-final

The second semi-final of the ICC’s T20 World Cup will be played today (Thursday) in Dubai where Pakistan and Australia will struggle to get through to the final with New Zealand.
The match will begin at 7pm PST at the Dubai International Stadium.
All-rounder Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Rizwan have reportedly caught the flu and they did not take part in yesterday’s practice session. Sources said Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali might replace the in-form batters.
However, their participation is still on the cards as they will undergo a medical check-up before the match. Earlier, their COVID-19 test came back negative, according to Ibrahim Badees, the media manager of the Pakistan cricket team. He, however, said the doctor has advised the two players to take rest.
Former skipper Sarfaraz was seen practising during the last practice session.
PCB chief encourages players to perform well
Showering praise on the national cricketers and skipper Babar Azam, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja said that the captain did not need to do anything new in the semi-final, as the team is playing quite well with a good combination.
“You just have to fine-tune yourself to give the message to the world that we are the world’s best team,” he added.
The PCB boss called upon the cricketers to give their best without being nervous about anything. Addressing Babar Azam, Ramiz said, “You are a world-class batsman, a great captain. You have put in a lot of hard work. You have all the good wishes from your fans from around Pakistan.”
Ramiz Raja stressed that an attitude of humbleness which the team has adopted will win them difficult matches.
Babar hopes team will continue momentum
In a virtual press conference two days back, Babar Azam said he was confident that the Men in Green will maintain the momentum and perform well against Australia in the semi-final.
Some minor flaws have been pointed out in all the matches which sometimes relate to batting and sometimes bowling, Babar said.
He said sometimes fielding lapses were also noted. “It is good that we are trying to fix these issues,” he said.
Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi are vital for Pakistan’s win
Pakistan cricket team’s batting consultant Matthew Hayden lavished praise on Babar Azam and bowler Shaheen Afridi, saying, “The Pakistan cricket team can play good cricket against any team in the world.”
Hayden said Babar Azam has been scoring runs consistently and unlike India’s Virat Kohli, Babar has a very good temperament, as he does not demonstrate aggression all the time.
Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has the ability to destroy any team’s batting line-up, he said.
Hayden warned that Australia would not be an easy target, as they have an impressive record when it comes to playing in world cups.
 

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