T20 World Cup 2021, Semi-Final 2: Pakistan vs Australia, Stats Preview: Player records and approaching milestones

T20 World Cup 2021, Semi-Final 2: Pakistan vs Australia, Stats Preview: Player records and approaching milestones

Babar Azam needs 32 runs to become the second Pakistani and seventh player overall to complete 2,500 T20I runs.

Pakistan cricket team
Pakistan cricket team. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Fans must gear up for some exciting battle as Pakistan and Australia will meet in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2021. The encounter takes place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday (November 11). Having won their all five games in the league stage, Pakistan have been on a roll this competition and are deemed firm favourites for this fixture.

While the likes of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have been sensational with the bat, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf have been among the wickets. It even won’t be wrong to state that the Men in Green have no box unchecked. However, the same can’t be said for the Australian team. Their middle-order hasn’t come to the part while the openers have got runs only in recent games.

Not to forget, they suffered a humiliating eight-wicket defeat against arch-rivals England. Hence, they won’t step into the contest as firm favourites. However, the fact of the matter is both teams are studded with stalwarts and this format is full of uncertainties. Hence, both teams can’t afford to put a foot wrong.

Meanwhile, let’s look at important stats and numbers ahead of the semi-final 2 of the T20 World Cup 2021:

Head to head: Pakistan dominate Australia as far as the head-to-head record in T20Is are concerned. These two sides have met in 23 T20Is before Out of which, 13 games landed in Pakistan’s favour while the Aussies have won nine games. One of their encounters got abandoned. As far as World Cup clashes are concerned, the head-to-head record stands 3-3.

16 – Pakistan have won their last 16 T20I matches in the United Arab Emirates.

32 – Babar Azam needs 32 runs to become the second Pakistani and seventh player overall to complete 2,500 T20I runs.

4 – Shoaib Malik needs four boundaries to complete 200 fours in T20Is.

25 – Aaron Finch needs 25 runs to become the second Australian and sixth player overall to complete 10,000 T20 runs.

7 – Glenn Maxwell needs seven hits over the fence to become the second Australian after Aaron Finch to complete 100 sixes in T20Is.

2 – Hasan Ali needs two big hits to complete 50 sixes in international cricket.

40 – Shadab Khan is 40 runs shy of completing 1000 runs in international cricket.

15Babar Azam has racked up the most fifty-plus scores as captain in T20I cricket, 15.

1676 – Mohammad Rizwan has scored the most T20 runs in 2021, 1676. Babar Azam is second on the list with 1561 runs.

24 – Matthew Wade is 24 runs shy of completing 3000 runs in T20 cricket.

31 – Ashton Agar needs 31 runs to complete 1000 runs in T20 cricket.

2 – David Warner needs two grabs for completing 150 catches in T20 cricket.