Pakistan have become the first team to secure their place in the final of the 20-20 World Cup 2022. The Men in Green crushed New Zealand by 7 wickets in the semi-final encounter at Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Following the win, the fans and the former cricketers congratulated the Pakistan Cricket Team for reaching the final of the 20-20 World Cup after 13 years.
Former Pakistan pacer, Shoaib Akhtar also uploaded a video after the win where he could be heard wishing India ‘good luck for the semi-final match against England. He also expressed to desire to see India take on Pakistan in the final of the tournament.
“India, we have reached Melbourne and now we are waiting for you. Wish you the best of luck and hope you reach Melbourne. I want an India vs Pakistan final and, once more, them face each other. The whole world is waiting for it,” Shoaib said in the video.
Dear India, good luck for tomorrow. We'll be waiting for you in Melbourne for a great game of cricket. pic.twitter.com/SdBLVYD6vm
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 9, 2022
Notably, India and Pakistan have already played against each other once, earlier, in the tournament. It turned out to be one of the best games in the history of the World Cups. Valuable half-centuries from Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood helped Pakistan notch a 159-run total in that game.
India, in reply, had lost four wickets for just 31 runs on the board. However, an unbelievable knock of 82 runs in 53 balls from Virat Kohli helped India win the game on the last ball of match. Hardik Pandya also made a valuable contribution of 40 runs in 37 balls in that game.
India and Pakistan could meet once again at Melbourne Cricket Stadium in the final if the Men in Blue manage to beat England in the semi-final clash on Thursday at Adelaide Cricket Stadium. India finished at the top of the Group 2 table at the end of the Super 12 stage with 4 wins in 5 matches.
England, on the other hand, secured 3 wins in 5 matches but still managed to surpass Australia, who had similar number of wins, due to better net run-rate.
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