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Australia defeat Pakistan to reach T20 World Cup final

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Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade stood unbeaten as Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets in the second Twenty20 World Cup semi-final on Thursday and set up a title clash with New Zealand.

Chasing 177 for victory, Australia were in trouble at 96-5 when Stoinis (40) and Wade, who hit three successive sixes in his 41, put on 81 to finish off the match with one over to spare in Dubai.

David Warner made 49 before being caught behind off leg-spinner Shadab Khan who took four wickets.

The final is on Sunday in Dubai.

Earlier, Mohammad Rizwan smashed 67 and Fakhar Zaman hit an unbeaten 55 as Pakistan reached 176 for four against Australia in the second semi-final of the twenty20 world Cup on Thursday.

Rizwan and Zaman, who hit three fours and fours sixes in his 32-ball blitz, put on 72 runs for the second wicket to help Pakistan to a challenging total after being invited to bat in Dubai.

 

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Skipper Babar Azam made 39 before falling to Adam Zampa. Pace bowler Mitchell Starc took two wickets.

 

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The winner will play New Zealand, who beat England in the first semi-final, in the title clash on Sunday in Dubai.

The winner will play New Zealand, who beat England in the first semi-final, in the title clash on Sunday in Dubai.

 

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Teams

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (capt), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV Umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (WIS)

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