T20 World Cup 2021: Brad Hogg feels Shaheen Afridi could upset Australian starter David Warner

Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg believes David Warner could be having a difficult time against Shaheen Afridi in the second semi-final of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Australia will face Pakistan in the second semi-final of the 2021 T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. While Pakistan topped Group 2, Australia finished second in the other group.

Watching the clash, Hogg opined that Pakistan has the upper hand when it comes to fighting, particularly the battle between Warner and Afridi. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he explained:

“Pakistan’s first bowling against Finch and Warner is a huge headache for me. Shaheen Afridi takes him away from Warner with that straighter. Warner, playing away from his body, has the possibility of an advantage or can be thrown with the gap between the bat and the bad. Warner is not as comfortable with the left arm rapids as he is with the right arm rapids. “

Hogg added that Imad Wasim’s left arm spin is likely to upset Australian captain Aaron Finch. He stated:

“The other headache is (Imad) Wasim bowling at Finch with those balls from his left arm. Finch is not very confident in that and that is a key matchup for me in determining whether Australia wins or loses the game. “

Warner has found some form in the 2021 T20 World Cup. He has scored 187 runs in five games with a strike rate of 144.96 in two half centuries. Finch has had 130 runs with a best of 44.

“Australia expects Maxwell to face Shadab and Hasan” – Brad Hogg

Australian hitter Glenn Maxwell.  Image: Getty Images
Australian hitter Glenn Maxwell. Image: Getty Images

According to Hogg, Australia will have better control of the middle over if Glenn Maxwell faces the majority of overs from Shadab Khan and pacemaker Hasan Ali.

The 50-year-old explained that if fast pitcher Haris Rauf pitches Maxwell early in the innings, Pakistan could have the upper hand. Hogg elaborated:

“The other confrontation is where Haris Rauf will be used in those intermissions. Australia expects Maxwell to face Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali for most of their batting phase. That’s the kind of matchup where Australia can take the game away from Pakistan. If Pakistan has enough overs for Rauf, then they can get past Maxwell. But if Rauf has been overused and they need him to do a few jumps in death, then Maxwell can take advantage of that. “

The 33-year-old Maxwell hasn’t had a great streak at the 2021 T20 World Cup so far. He achieved scores of 18, 5 and 6 in Australia’s first three games and has not been out with 0 in the last two games.


Leave a Comment