Former India captain Mithali Raj has predicted that Pakistan will face India in the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup after the Men in Green defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the first semi-final played at Sydney cricket Ground ( SCG) on Nov 9, 2022.
New Zealand had emerged as the favorites in this match, with Pakistan only qualifying for the semi-finals thanks to the Netherlands beating South Africa first, then Pakistan and then Bangladesh.
But the semi-final was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on a surface suitable for the Pakistani team. Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat first.
Daryl Mitchell made 53* and Kane Williamson himself made 46, as Pakistani bowlers kept the pressure on the batters with Shaheen Afridi taking 2/24. The target was within reach of Pakistani batters and the field was well suited to their batting style.
Pakistani openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, who have been widely criticized for their slow strikes in power plays, attacked the Kiwi bowlers from the start, adding 55 runs in the first 6 overs and adding a total of 105 runs, with Babar Azam 53 in 42 balls with 7 fours and Rizwan makes 57 in 43 balls with 5 fours to his name.
Mohammad Haris hit 30 in 26 balls to accelerate the win as Pakistan won by 7 wickets in the last over.
Now that Pakistan has qualified for the final, India will be at their best: Mithali Raj at India V Pakistan T20 World Cup 2022 Final at MCG
Now India will face England in Adelaide in the second semi-final on Thursday, Nov. 10, and former Indian women’s captain, Mithali Raj, said that now that Pakistan has qualified for the final, India will be doubly motivated to advance to their semi-final. to win.
“Of course, it (India-Pakistan final) will (happen). Now that Pakistan has qualified for the final, India will be at its best. They (India) have to be at their A-game tomorrow if they want to beat England. And it is a ground that has done India good. So if the wicket is very similar to what we are seeing today then it will definitely go in India’s favour,” Mithali said on Star Sports.
She also believes Virat Kohli’s form will be key to India’s success against England.
She added: “I think more than anyone, he (Kohli) will put that expectation on himself to score points in the semi-finals when India needs him most. Of course he did very well in the deep phase against Pakistan and has been consistent throughout the tournament. He would like to continue that form in the semi-finals. To reach the final it is important that he scores points. He should stick to his routine and not change too much because his expectations are there. There will be pressure (but) I’m sure as a player he knows how to absorb it, hold it and perform.”
India played one game in Adelaide in group stages and Virat Kohli had made it to 50 to help the Men in Blue win.