Pakistan beat Australia by 66 runs in first T20

Kristopher Nichols
October 27, 2018

Having already routed the Pakistan women's team in the ODI series, Australia took an early lead in the T20I series following a 64-run victory in the first game on Thursday (October 25).

All over in Abu Dhabi as Pakistan completely dominate the Aussies in the T20 series opener. Some gritty batting from Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) and Ashton Agar (19) ensured Australia avoided further humiliation but they could hang on and Pakistan bowled Australia out for 89 to register a crushing win. Fast bowler Faheem Ashraf accounted for the next two wickets in Chris Lynn (14) and Glenn Maxwell (2) as Australia slumped to 16/4 in the fourth over.

Wasim, who was making his global return after a year, removed the openers in his first over and came back later to get the wicket of Alex Carey, as Australia were bowled out for 89 in 16.5 overs and lost the match by 66 runs.

Set a target of 156 after Aaron Finch elected to field in Abu Dhabi, Australia were bowled out in 16.5 overs for their equal third-lowest total in a T20 worldwide.

Inside the Powerplay, Australia's top order had been dismantled with the top four batsmen bowled, Ben McDermott run out for a duck and Alex Carey caught behind.

Finch's side were bundled out for 89 in the first Twenty20 worldwide against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi with Sarfraz Ahmed's side reducing them to 22 for six in the sixth over.

"Babar Azam and Hafeez batted beautifully and when we bowl we always try to take wickets when we have the ball in our hands".

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"That Powerplay was horrific.it was like a vehicle crash in slow motion", Finch said at the post-match press conference".

Finch said the defeat was embarrasing. Azam put on a 73-run partnership with the veteran Mohammad Hafeez (39 off 30 balls) to put Pakistan in a strong position towards the end of the fourteenth over.

Babar Azam hit five fours and a six in his 55-ball innings. She was named Player of the Match for her performance with the ball.

But once Hafeez fell in the 14th over, Pakistan lost six wickets for just 28 runs with Sarfraz, Ashraf and Wasim falling without scoring while Shadab made just one.

Dubai will now host the second and third matches of the three-game series on Friday and Sunday.

For Australia, Stanlake and Andrew Tye claimed three wickets.

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