Australia survived a blazing innings from Rashid Khan (48 not out off 23 balls) to beat Afghanistan by four runs in match number 38 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, November 4. With the win, the Aussies kept their semi-final qualification hopes alive. If Sri Lanka defeat England on Saturday, Australia will finish in the top two and progress to the next round from Group 1 with New Zealand, who have already qualified.
Australia beat Ireland by 42 runs in match number 31 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Gabba in Brisbane on Monday, October 31. Batting first after losing the toss in the Group 1 Super 12 game, the Aussies posted an impressive 179 for 5 on the board in their 20 overs. Aaron Finch led from the front with 63 off 44 balls, while Marcus Stoinis contributed 35 in 25 balls. In response, Ireland were held to 137 all out in 18.1 overs.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (59 not out off 18 balls) came up with an incredible display of big-hitting as the hosts got the better of Sri Lanka by seven wickets in match number 19 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 on Tuesday, October 25. Chasing 158 for victory in the Group 1 match in Perth, Stoinis recorded the fastest T20I half-century by an Australian, which came off only 17 balls.
In yet another unexpected result in the T20 World Cup 2022, New Zealand got the better of Australia by 89 runs in the first Super 12 match of the ICC event at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday, October 22. This was New Zealand’s first win over Australia in Australia in over a decade.
Team India has a twin reason to celebrate Sunday night. Chasing a target of 187 in the third and final T20I against World Champions Australia, the skipper Rohit Sharma-led side claimed a thrilling win by 6 wickets with gigantic contributions of Virat Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. With the 2-1 bilateral series victory, the team registered a milestone achievement of the most number of T20I wins in 2022.
Cameron Green (61 off 30) and Matthew Wade (45* off 21) played terrific knocks as Australia chased down 209 in the first T20I against India in Mohali on Tuesday (September 20). Bowling first after winning the toss, Australia bowlers conceded 208 for 6 as Hardik Pandya smashed an unbeaten 71 off 30, while KL Rahul (55 off 35) and Suryakumar Yadav (46 off 25) also made important contributions.
No big surprises would be on the card in the T20I match against Australia, but surely the two sides may brush up their teams for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 scheduled to be held next month in Australia. Of course, Team India will be playing in full-strength in the series, which is to kick start on September 20, and the only loss is Arshdeep Singh, who is advised to attend routine conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has opined that Team India have taken a big risk by picking only four specialist pace bowlers for the T20 World Cup 2022. Johnson pointed out that teams need to play at least three fast bowlers in Australia and, sometimes even four, in venues like Perth.