Pakistan vs Australia, T20I series: TUC Cup trophy takes the biscuit


Australia and Pakistan are scheduled to face each other in a three-match T20I series from October 24 to 28.

Australia's sensational Powerplay batting collapse was like "watching a vehicle crash in slow motion" according to captain Aaron Finch after his side were dismissed for their third-lowest score in Twenty20 worldwide cricket on Wednesday (also reported in Thursday's edition).

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. "It was just carnage", Finch said. Apart from these duo, none could contribute much and the end Babar alone dragged Pakistan to a more than a fighting score of 155 runs.

Even with a different captain, Australia address the same issue, batting.

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Sophie Molinuex's brilliant 4-16 helped Australia take a 1-0 T20 series lead.

"That powerplay was horrific", Finch said postmatch.

Finch failed to trouble the scorers, when he was bowled by Imad Wasim for a three ball duck and Australia never recovered.

Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim snared 3-20 and emulated Cristiano Ronaldo's famous goal celebration for each wicket in what was his first national outing in nearly a year. After his 68 and Mohammad Hafeez's 30-ball 39, the next six batsmen combined to score 12 runs, Asif Ali, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf would have to present a better outing against the likes of Stanlake, Tye and Adam Zampa. "I think any time that you're chasing a total like that it's important you have a solid start and for me to get out in the first over and not give us that was not good enough". Hafeez was then caught at long-on off left arm spinner D'Arcy Short after a 69-run stand for the second wicket with Babar in the 14th over.

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Finch said the team would need to consider making some serious changes to their batting technique before the second game of the series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was happy to bat first.

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