The second semi-final of T20 World Cup 2021 which is being played between Australia and Pakistan at the Dubai Dubai International Cricket Stadium started as per the expectations. Pakistan, despite losing the toss, showed great intent to fight and mustered 176/4 in the stipulated quota of 20 overs. In return, Men in Green also claimed an Australian wicket in the form of Aaron Finch in the very first over of the second innings to put the Aussies on the backfoot. And to make the game balanced once again, Mitchell Marsh and David Warner showed good fightback.
Firstly, it was Marsh who departed after a well-made 28 off 22, Warner too followed him overs later to see Australia eventually getting reduced to 89/4 in 10.1 overs. The Australian southpaw played a handsome knock of 49 runs off 30 balls helped by 3 fours and as many sixes. While the innings was surely one of the finest Warner has ever played, a hilarious six from him during the knock just added flavour to it.
Notably, it was the first ball of the 8th over when Mohammad Hafeez was introduced into the attack. Hafeez failed to release the ball properly and the result saw the ball getting pitched twice before crossing the batter’s crease. Though the ball was going out of the pitch, Warner tried his best to reach there and eventually hit it for a six. The ball sailed over deep mid-wicket while Warner, after making the connection, found himself out of the pitch.
Watch the shot here:
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While Warner departed after his 49-run knock, it was later revealed that the player was actually not out. It was the first ball of Shadab Khan’s over when Warner failed to read the googly and got beaten by the outside edge. While Warner thought he missed the ball, Shadab and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan were confident that the player had nicked the ball and appealed to the umpire for the same. To Pakistan’s good luck, the umpire raised his finger and Warner too walked away without reviewing it. Later, replays confirmed that there was no edge and that the player was not out.