ICC World Twenty20: Australia vs Pakistan

May 14, 2010 – The second Semi-Final of the ICC World Twenty20 is between the teams of Australia and Pakistan, at Gros Islet, West Indies. The match is scheduled to begin at 11:30 local time (15:30 GMT) i.e. 20:30 PST (Pakistan Standard Time).

In the first Semi-Final, which was between the teams of England and Sri Lanka, England comfortably won by seven wickets, as England restricted Sri Lanka to a modest 128. They chased it down in exactly 16 overs, and qualified for the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 for the first time in three events. Sri Lanka, who were the runner-ups in ICC World Cup T20 2008, won the toss, and chose to bat, however, they lost wickets regularly and the batsmen could not keep the momentum going, only Angelo Mathews played some sensible cricket, scoring 58 off 45 balls. Besides him, no one could cross 20-run mark.

When England came to bat, they needed 129 off the 20 overs, at 6.45 runs per over. The openers Kieswetter and Lumb were in a hurry, and England had put 68 runs on the board by the eighth over. However, both openers fell in a span of 12 runs after that. Paul Collingwood, who came in at No. 4, struggled with his form with the bat and could only score 10 runs. However, Kevin Pietersen, who had a baby run a couple of days ago, made sure that England chase down the target without losing any more wickets, and he finished off the game in the 16th over with a six and a four. Finally, England have reached the finals of a mega-event, and this is their best chance of winning the WorldCup.

Other News:
– Pakistan is the only team to make the semi-finals of all ICC events since the 2007 World Cup.
– Pakistan will be the only team to make the finals of every ICC World T20 event since 2007, if they win against Australia.

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