Pakistan is now competing in the T20 World Cup final after advancing through the tournament by virtue of a semi-final victory achieved over New Zealand. The team that is led by Babar Azam will now compete against England in the championship match, which will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Babar and Mohammad Rizwan each scored a half-century as Pakistan reached their target of 153 in the semi-final match against New Zealand. As a result, Pakistan reached their goal with five balls and seven wickets to spare.
In the upcoming match against England, it would be fascinating to watch whether Pakistan will keep their starting eleven the same or not.
The following lineup is our best guess for Pakistan’s playing XI for the semifinal match
Mohammad Rizwan, the wicketkeeper-batter for Pakistan’s team, had an incredible knock against New Zealand in the semi-final, scoring 57 runs off just 43 balls. The way he is playing will be crucial for Pakistan.
Babar Azam is the captain of Pakistan’s cricket team. Before he struck a half-century against New Zealand in the semi-final, Babar’s form was a cause for concern for Pakistan. He will attempt to replicate, if not improve upon, the previous performance.
Mohammad Nawaz: The all-rounder hasn’t exactly gotten off to a strong start in the competition thus yet. Although he has played in six matches, he has only scored 63 runs and taken three wickets.
Mohammad Haris, a right-handed batter, has played three matches so far at the World Cup and has pleased everyone with his aggressive approach to the game. During the semifinal, he scored 30 runs while facing only 26 balls.
Shan Masood, a left-handed batsman, has 137 runs to his name and is Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in the competition. He got off to a strong start in the competition, but recently his performance has been suffering.
Iftikhar Ahmed: The right-handed hitter has been performing well in the competition that is now taking place. Iftikhar is the second-highest run-scorer for Pakistan and has two half-centuries to his name. He has 114 runs to his credit, which puts him in second place. It is very likely that he will keep his spot in the starting eleven.
Shadab Khan: Shadab is one of the top performers for Pakistan, and he has been one of the top performers for Pakistan thus far because he has taken 10 wickets in six games. After this, he will be looking to put up a solid performance against the batters from England.
Mohammad Wasim: With seven wickets to his name, Wasim has been particularly impressive in the World Cup that is currently playing. Wasim has a lot of talent with the ball, but he also has a lot of potential with the bat. If the chance arises, you should definitely take advantage of it.
Naseem Shah: After only getting three wickets over the course of five games, Naseem Shah went wicketless against New Zealand and allowed 30 runs to be scored during his four-over performance. If the management decides to keep him in the playing XI, the right-arm pacer will try to make up for his poor performance in the last match.
Haris Rauf is one of the top performers of the competition. In 5 matches, Haris Rauf has taken 6 wickets while maintaining an economy of 6.83 runs per over. In the championship match, he will attempt to increase the number of wickets he has taken.
Shaheen Afridi: After getting off to a sluggish start, Shaheen has been able to restore his form, which has been one of the contributing factors to Pakistan’s recent success in the competition. In the Twenty20 International match that Pakistan played against Bangladesh, he achieved the best numbers of his career, taking four wickets for 22 runs. Up to this point, he has collected 10 wickets while maintaining an economy rate of 6.17.