After a grueling 27-day period, four teams out of sixteen managed to book their place in the semi-finals of the silverware event.

The Super 12s stage brought out some of the best performances from top international cricketers as they set the stadiums in Down Under on fire.

The group stages of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia have concluded, with four teams, New Zealand, England, India, and Pakistan, advancing to the semi-finals which are scheduled on November 9 and 10.

During the round matches, cricket fans witnessed plenty of excitement, and even on the last day of the group stages, the Netherlands’ shock win over South Africa helped Pakistan reach the semi-finals. Now, Pakistan and New Zealand will lock horns in the first semi-final on Wednesday at Sydney Cricket Ground while India and England will come face-to-face in the second semi-final on Thursday at Adelaide Oval.

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The 2009 champions had a heartbreaking start to their campaign when they lost a last-ball thriller to arch-rivals India, then suffered a shock defeat to Zimbabwe. When it seemed like this was the end of Pakistan’s World Cup dream. The team fought back well by winning three games on the bounce. They looked dead and buried, and victory over the Netherlands was hardly impressive as they lost four wickets in their modest chase of 92.

But Pakistan conjured up a dominant performance to hammer South Africa and Bangladesh to reach the semi-final, with the Dutch doing them a favour by stunning South Africa.


One minute down next minute up is the phrase associated with Pakistan and rightly so. They have been deemed one of the most mercurial sides in world cricket because of their unpredictability. When they were expected to go down against South Africa, they somehow managed to thump the Proteas even after losing wickets in clusters. Pakistan has been home to some world-class bowlers, who have made their presence felt in the international circuit time and time again.

Pakistan player cheering there winning

Sticking to tradition their bowling attack wears a very indomitable style. In Super-12s, it was no different. The bowlers were very hard to put away and their economic rates in the tournament were a testament to the same. The likes of Haris Rauf, Naseem, and Shadab Khan performed well from the beginning. Pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi’s last two match-winning contributions have only added to Pakistan’s strength. If anything, their pace battery has only strengthened as they now have Mohammad Wasim Jr in their ranks. In his first game, the right-arm seamer picked 4 wickets. Vice-captain Shadab has been brilliant with the bat and ball. While he’s the leading wicket-taker for his team in the tournament, he has also made valiant contributions with the bat.

Pakistan player highing his bat

Before the T20 World Cup, the blame was on the middle-order batters. They needed to provide more support to the opening pair of skipper Babar Azam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan. But now no one can point them out as the middle-order batters were not stepping up but the tables have now turned entirely since they landed in Australia. Middle-order batters Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood are the leading run scorers for their team. Shadab has stepped up when the team needed him the most against South Africa. All in all, to everyone’s surprise, Pakistan’s middle order has fared well.


Babar azam hititng shot

Unlike Pakistan’s bowling, their batting has been a cause of concern for the Men in Green. Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam is struggling big time at the top and has only one double-figure score. He is currently seeing a rough patch in his form as he has managed only 39 runs off 63 balls in the T20 World Cup 2022 so far. The premier batter has failed to score runs and provide good starts to the Pakistani innings. Last World Cup’s highest run scorer, Babar has been one of the pillars of Pakistan’s success in T20I cricket but he has failed miserably in this edition. He has batted at an average of 7.8 in this competition. His batting partner Rizwan, on the other hand, scored 103 runs in the mega event, but that is considered by many to be below par compared to the lofty standards set by him over the past few years. Both openers have been the weakest link in the ongoing World Cup.


Another thing is Pakistan has often copped severe criticism for their conservative batting methodology and the reason behind it is the presence of too many anchors on the team sheet. Babar, Rizwan, and Masood are all world-class batters, but they cannot play at a set tempo in a format like T20. The lack of power hitters at the back end has been a cause of concern for them. Last year it was Asif Ali, who stood for them but this time he’s struggling to even get a place in the playing XI. Pakistan’s habit of losing wickets in clusters can hurt them in a big semi-final clash against New Zealand.


Pakistan player

Since taking over as captain of the team, Babar has an envious win percentage of over 60.00. His cabinet has plenty of bilateral trophies but an ICC multi-nation title is what eludes him. He will be looking to add his maiden global title to his bag. The upcoming match against New Zealand will provide an ideal opportunity for the out-of-form opening pair of Babar and Rizwan to rediscover their form with the bat. It also presents an opportunity for the in-form batters like Iftikhar, and Masood to continue on their merry way. Youngster Mohammad Haris rang the alarm bells with his aggressive intent since his inception in the side and this could be his time to rise to the occasion. Babar’s team could not have asked to play the semi-final at a better venue than the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) as the conditions are likely to suit their gameplay

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