T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan vs Australia: Matthew Wade’s dropped catch from Hasan Ali could have turned semi-final in Pakistan’s favour. look | cricket news

T20 WC: Hasan Ali dropped the catch of Matthew Wade in the 19th over.© AFP

Fast bowler Hasan Ali would like to forget the T20 World Cup semi-final loss to Australia in a hurry after ending a nightmare on Thursday. In the 19th over of the run-chase, Wade tried to slow a well-length delivery on leg-side off pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi but found Hasan Ali lurking in the deep. However, the wicket hope soon turned into a major embarrassment for the Pakistan pacer. Despite making a lot of ground on the boundary, Hasan Ali let the ball slip out of his grip, which proved to be a costly mistake for the Pakistan team.

The match was well prepared at the time, with Australia needing 18 more runs to win off nine balls after a dropped catch.

What followed was an excellent display of Australia’s fighting spirit. Wade hit three consecutive sixes off Shaheen’s delivery and there was a full over of the match left.

In the midst of the run-chase, Pakistan seemed the more likely side to join New Zealand in the final on 14 November. But a gritty partnership between Wade and Marcus Stoinis ensured that Australia deepened the match.

The late shifting of gears shook Pakistan’s bowling attack and threw them. In the end, Stoinis and Wade combined brilliantly to work for their team.

Overall, it was a day to forget for the Pakistan team and especially Hasan Ali.

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Apart from the dropped catch, Hasan Ali scored 44 runs in his four overs without taking a wicket.

Spinner Shadab Khan took four wickets in his spell to keep his team in the running but that didn’t stop the Aussies from overhauling the 177-run target and reaching the T20 World Cup final.

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