‘Unreal, it was disbelief’: Pakistan’s wild ride to the T20 World Cup semis

Shan Masood describes his nation’s minor miracle in recovering from two defeats to somehow make the final four

The first semi-final of the T20 World Cup throws together two teams whose experience of the competition so far could not have been more different. Where New Zealand’s thumping victory over Australia in their opening game put them instantly in control of their group, Pakistan’s presence in the final four, having lost their first two games to India and Zimbabwe, feels like a minor miracle.

For the batter Shan Masood even playing in those games was extraordinary, given that during a net session before the first he was hit full on in the head by a vicious shot from Mohammad Nawaz.

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