Wasim Akram, Pakistan’s former legendary fast bowler, has backed Australia to win the T20 World Cup, believing the Aussies have a slight advantage over New Zealand.
“Australia appears to be very strong, especially after winning the semifinals.” If you ask me, “Who are the favorites for tomorrow?” I’ll tell you. “I believe the Australians will win the final on Sunday,” Akram told India Today.
Wasim believes that Australian left-hander David Warner regained his form at the right time, as he is one of the team’s most important players.
“Despite their recent performances and T20I form, Australia were not considered favorites.” David Warner was a key member of their team, particularly in T20 cricket.
“He’s a very aggressive batsman in good form who has peaked at the right time,” Akram said. Despite Steve Smith’s struggles, the veteran cricketer believes Australia is still a force to be reckoned with.
“Despite Steve Smith’s struggles in this Australian lineup, they are still looking good.” Their fast bowling attack is also looking strong; in the knockouts, Maxwell and Stoinis have served as their fifth bowlers, and New Zealand will be looking to take them on,” he added.
Won’t be surprised to see Aussies win the finals: Kevin Pietersen
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has also tipped Australia to win the tournament.
“New Zealand appears to cover all bases, but I like Australia,” Kevin Pieterson told Betway.
“History suggests that when these two teams meet in a major final, the Aussies will easily defeat the Kiwis.” That’s what happened in the 2015 World Cup final in Melbourne. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Australia won the World Cup on Sunday,” he said.
“It’s the Australian way that when it comes down to ‘do or die,’ they do.” They’ll simply finish the job. That’s why they’ve been such a formidable foe for so long.
“They’ll find something extra if they make it to the semi-finals of a major tournament,” he added.
Throughout the tournament, both teams have displayed exceptional performance. In the first semi-final, New Zealand defeated England by 5 wickets, while Australia, the four-time ICC Cricket World Cup champion, defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in the second semi-final.
The Kiwis and Kangaroos are aiming for their first T20 World Cup appearance in Dubai.
On Sunday, both teams will square off in the final match of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium.