Australia to meet New Zealand in WC T20I final on Sunday



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Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman amassed a huge score of 176 for Pakistan with their scintillating batting in the second semi-final against Australia. Shadab Khan alone took 4 wickets with the ball. But the heroic batting performance of David Warner-Marcus Stoinis-Matthew Wade has ruined their achievement.

Australia reached the final by defeating Pakistan by 5 wickets in the second semi-final. New Zealand had already earned tickets to the final after beating England in the first semi-final. This time Australia joined them in the title match. Captain Aaron Finch's team snatched the victory with six balls remaining.

This is the second time that Australia has reached the final of the T20I World Cup. And their opponent New Zealand has reached the final for the first time. As a result, the T20I World Cup will get a new champion in the final on Sunday, November 14.

David Warner started the chase with the bat. He played a destructive innings. However, he did not get fifty. The star opener returned to the dressing room with regret of one run.

Warner played 30 balls and scored 49 runs in a cricket innings. He smashed his excellent innings with three boundaries and three sixes. And 28 runs came from Mitchell Marsh's bat. Aussi laid the foundation for victory. The two almost brought the match out. Sometimes Pakistan returns to the game. However, they fell behind again after missing the catch.

Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade took the opportunity to do the rest. Australia reached the port of victory in an unbeaten partnership between the two with the final ticket. Stoinis scored 40* playing 31 balls with two boundaries and two sixes.  Matthew Wade, the man of the match, played an incredible 17-ball innings. He had two boundaries and four sixes in his unbeaten 41 * innings.

Australia lost 5 wickets at the end of 19 overs and reached the target of 177 runs. Shadab Khan took 4 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs for Pakistan. Shahin Shah Afridi took the wicket of Captain Aaron Finch for 0 at the very outset of the match.

At the beginning, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman showed their flashes with the bat. Both snatched a formidable half-century. Based on their batting prowess, Pakistan set a 176-run target for victory over Australia in the second semi-final of the T20I World Cup.

Pakistan got off to a great start by batting first when they were sent by Australia who won the toss. Mohammad Rizwan and Captain Babar Azam put Pakistan on 71 in the opening pair.

Babar Azam returned to the dressing room with 39 runs. He had five boundaries in his 34-ball innings. Opener Rizwan continued his batting frenzy by keeping one end of the crease closed even after Babur's return.

This time Rizwan formed a partnership with Fakhar Zaman. In the second wicket, the two reached 143 runs. Mohammad Rizwan played an innings of 67 off 52 balls with 3 boundaries and 4 sixes.

Fakhar Zaman also got to see 50 with extraordinary batting strength. He played an unbeaten innings of 55 * off 32 balls with three boundaries and four sixes. Pakistan lost 4 wickets at the end of 20 overs and made a total of 176 runs.

Mitchell Starc took two wickets for Australia. Adam Jampa and Pat Cummins took one wicket each.

Before that, the toss helped the Australians. That's why Captain Aaron Finch elected to field after winning the toss.

The final match will be played at Dubai International stadium at 8 PM(BST) on Sunday.

   

Bangladesh also lost the series to USA



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The batting failure continues and will continue. The position of Bangladesh cricket at this time seems to be limited to this one line. In modern cricket's run-flooding T20, Shanto-Sakib got the target less than 150 from the ICC associate team USA. However, once again, Bangladesh lost the second match of the series with a poor batting performance. Nazmul Hossain Shanto's team lost the series by 2-0 with one match in hand at this loss of 6 runs.

However, the visiting team got off to a good start in chasing the target. In 10 overs, their scoreboard reached 76 runs for 2 wickets. But from there, Nazmul Hossain Shanto's team was all out scoring 138 runs.

The host USA took a 1-0 lead in the first of the three-match series. This time they won the series against Bangladesh for the first time by winning the second match as well.

Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first at the Prairie View Cricket Complex. Batting first, the United States scored 144 runs for 6 wickets in the scheduled 20 overs riding on the innings of 42 runs by Monak Patel, 35 runs by Jones and 31 runs by Taile.

Chasing the easy target in Bangladesh was struck on the fourth ball of the innings. Even though the start was good in the previous match, the run book was not opened that day. Another opener, Tanjid Hasan, returned to the XI, but Tamim's start was promising, but he returned quickly. 19 runs came from his bat. Later, Shanto made a partnership of 48 runs with Tawhid Hridiya for the third wicket. He scored 36 runs before being run out in the return innings. Bangladesh lost the third wicket for 78 runs. From there, the eight batters returned to dressing room as the team total reached 125. Nazmul Hossain Shanta's team was completely knocked out of the match there. And finally their collection stopped at 138 runs.

Sourav and Shadle took two wickets each for USA. However, Ali Khan who took the maximum 3 wickets with 25 runs in 3 overs 3 balls won the Man of the Match title.

The hosts got off to a good start with the batting of the two openers, Steven Taylor and Monak Patel. At the end of 6 overs of the power play, they added 42 runs on the scoreboard without a wicket. The visitors regained their confidence in the previous match and were progressing quite well with the bat, but the visitors gave a big blow in their seventh over. Leg spinner Rishad Hossain took a pair of wickets in the fourth and fifth balls of the seventh over.

Captain Monak made an important 60-run stand with Aaron Jones for the third wicket to handle that pressure. After about ten overs, Mustafizur Rahman gave the team a break through. The scoreboard of the hosts was 104 runs for 3 wickets in 16 overs. From there, the hosts lost three more wickets in the last four overs. And finally got a fighting capital of 144 runs. Rishad, Mustafiz and Shariful took two wickets each for Bangladesh.

The third and last match of the series will be held at the same ground on May 25.

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Bangladesh tastes their ‘unusual’ defeat to the United States



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Bangladesh suffered a mishap in the first T20 of the three-match series against the United States. Nazmul Hossain Shanto's team lost by 5 wickets to a novice USA team.

Coming down to bat against the target of 154 runs given by Bangladesh, USA batted fearlessly from the start. However, the team lost captain and one of the team's best batsmen, Monak Patel, in an unfortunate run-out. Steven Taylor played a straight drive to Shariful Islam, but the ball hit the hands of Shariful and broke the stumps on the non-strike end. Being out at the crease, Monak (12) had to make his way to the dressing room.

However, Taylor continued to advance the United States with Andris Gaus, who dropped to three. With the efforts of these two, they scored 43 runs for 1 wicket in the power play. After the power play, when Rishad Gous (23) was picked up, the run rate of the USA decreased a little.

In the 12th over, the hosts went on the back foot with a pair of hits by Mustafiz. Mahmudullah's catch of Taylor (28), who was first in the dust, made him the master of Bangladesh's cutters. A ball later Aaron Jones was caught by Shanta at mid-off.

But then Harmit-Anderson magic show! They made a pair of 62 runs for the sixth wicket and gave the USA an incredible victory. Harmeet Singh played a cameo of 33 runs off 13 balls with 3 sixes and 2 fours. Corey Anderson started off slow and picked up the pace. Moved from back foot to front foot. An unbeaten innings of 33 runs with two huge sixes off 25 balls gave the hosts a win to remember.

Earlier, Bangladesh lost the toss at the Prairie View Complex in Texas and batted first, suffering from the failure of the top order. Liton Das (14) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (3) missed another chance to return to form in Hela. Although the strike rate is good, Soumya could not increase the innings. Scored 20 runs off 13 balls before returning. Due to a misunderstanding, Shakib's day with the bat did not go well. He had to stop at 6 runs off 12 balls.

However, the failure of the big names in the batting order has once again recognized the young Tawhid Hriday. Mahmudullah scored 67 runs in the fifth wicket for Bangladesh. Hriday scored 58 runs off 47 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes before getting to dressing room on the last ball of the innings. Mahmudullah scored 31 runs off 22 balls. Bangladesh reached 153 runs in 20 overs with their efforts. But this run was not enough to win in the end.

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Pakistan cricket wants Windies legend



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The ninth season of the T20I World Cup is going up from June. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is determined to do well in this tournament. Right from the training of the cricketers in the army camp to the selection of the coach, they are looking at everything with utmost importance. Pakistan wants West Indies legend Viv Richards as the team's mentor for this World Cup.

More than one media outlet in Pakistan has publicly stated this. A senior PCB official also said that discussions are going on between their board and Viv Richards. If everything goes well, he will be part of the Pakistan team in this tournament.

Cricket Pakistan has published a quote from that PCB official where it is said, 'The way Richards has worked as a mentor to Quetta Gladiators, PCB is very impressed with his work. The PCB wants to take advantage of this, especially in the West Indies part of the World Cup.

It should be noted that Richards has been the mentor of PSL team Quetta Gladiators for a long time. This year's World Cup is hosted by the United States and the West Indies. If the first phase can be topped, Pakistan's next matches will be on West Indies soil. In that case, the board feels that the mentorship of Viv Richards will be very beneficial for Pakistan

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Bangladesh-United States series will be watched on Nagaraik TV channel



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Most of the recent series in Bangladesh are telecasted on T-Sports and Gazi TV. However, Bangladesh's three-match preparatory T20 series against the United States before the World Cup will not be shown on these two channels. So there was a bit of confusion where cricket fans in the country would watch this series. But that uncertainty has passed.

Bangladesh's three-match T20I series against USA will be telecast live by private TV channel Nagarik TV. This has been confirmed by Nagarik TV to Barta24.

Tomorrow, Tuesday (21), Bangladesh and USA will meet at the Prairie View Cricket Complex in the United States at 9 pm Bangladesh time.

The next two matches of the series will start at the same venue on May 23 and 25 respectively.

After this series, Bangladesh is scheduled to play two official T20 World Cup warm-up matches against India and USA. 

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