Pakistan vs Australia going head-to-head has produced some of the biggest nail-biting contests and the two giants in cricket are set to battle it out again in the second semi-final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.
A lot of people remember the matches between Pakistan and Australia in bits and pieces, and that's why, today, we at Cricwizz present to you an in-depth analysis of the last five meetings between Pakistan and Australia in ICC T20 World Cup, also counting their head-to-head record.
Pakistan vs Australia (2016 T20 World Cup)
This edition of the tournament was hosted by India and in this match, it was Australia who won the toss and elected to bat first. After an underwhelming start, Australia shifted gears in the latter half of their innings, finishing with 193 on the board. Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 61, while Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson also contributed significantly.
Maxwell scored 30 off 18 balls, while Watson scored 44 off 21 balls. On the contrary, Pakistan had a better start to the chase but they failed to keep up with the momentum.
Khalid Latif scored 46, Umar Akmal scored 32, while Shoaib Malik scored an unbeaten 40 off 20 balls but wickets kept falling from the other end and Pakistan fell short by 21 runs.
Australia is in the lead. The score is Australia 1, Pakistan 0.
Pakistan vs Australia (2014 T20 World Cup)
Once again it was Australia who won the toss but this time they were bowling first. Pakistan batted brilliantly and scored 191, losing five wickets with once again, Umar Akmal playing a vital role.
He scored 94, while his brother Kamran Akmal scored 31, the duo also being the top two scorers in the innings. For Australia, David Warner and Shane Watson got dismissed early but Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell fought until the end, scoring 65 and 74 respectively.
Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi managed to break the two batsmen who were going strong and then the rest of the wickets followed as Pakistan won the match by 16 runs.
The scores are settled for now. Australia 1 Pakistan 1.
Pakistan vs Australia (2012 T20 World Cup)
The third time in a row, Australia won the toss and decided to bowl again. Pakistan managed to score just 149, with Nasir Jamshed scoring 55, while Kamran Akmal scored 32.
Mitchell Starc was key for Australia as he picked three wickets giving just 20 runs. For Australia, they couldn't manage to deal with the Pakistan bowlers except for Michael Hussey, who scored 54 and stayed unbeaten, watching the rest of the Australian batsmen go down one after another.
Consequently, Pakistan won the match by 32 runs.
Woah! Pakistan comes from behind. The score is Australia 1 Pakistan 2.
Pakistan vs Australia (2010 T20 World Cup)
Wow! Australia won the toss once again and decided to bat first. Australia batted brilliantly and registered a total of 191, with Shane Watson scoring 81, and David Hussey scoring 53 while the rest failed to score 30.
Saeed Ajmal picked three wickets for Pakistan. Pakistan needed 192 to chase and Australia ensured that Pakistan couldn't start strongly.
No Pakistan batsmen settled well except Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi who scored 41 and 33 respectively and stitched a partnership that saved Pakistan from a disaster but couldn't get them through.
Australia won by 34 runs, with Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes both picking three wickets each but Tait was far more economical.
Australia are back in the game. The score is Australia 2 Pakistan 2.
Pakistan vs Australia (2010 T20 World Cup)
Perhaps the most enthralling contest out of the 5, this was the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup. Fifth time in a row, it was Australia who won the toss and were bowling first.
Pakistan posted a mammoth total of 191, with Kamran Akmal scoring 50, Umar Akmal scoring 56, and Salman Butt scoring 36.
Australia were chasing 192 and found themselves 62/4 after a shambolic start to their batting. But that's when Michael Hussey produced one of the best individual performances in the T20 World Cup.
Hussey scored 60 off just 24 balls and helped Australia chase what looked like an impossible task after the condition they found themselves in. Australia won by three wickets and progressed to the final of the 2010 T20 World Cup
The score is Australia 3 Pakistan 2.
Well, Australia don't have Hussey now, who will have the responsibility to finish the game this time? Just to add more spice to it, we won't be analyzing the sixth T20 World Cup meeting between Pakistan and Australia but it was Pakistan who had won the match when the teams played in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
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