The big clash failed to live up to it’s billing, as Australia’s tour of UAE began on a positive note with a comfortable win over Pakistan in the one-off T20 game by 6 wickets. With the pitch assisting spinners more than what was expected, Australians were able to restrict Pakistan to a paltry total of 96/9 in 20 overs which was way below par total and chased down the total after struggling a bit at the start of their innings.
After winning the toss, newly appointed Pakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi decided to bat, but descision back fired as his batsmen were found wanting straight away. With Maxwell running through the Pakistan’s top and debutants Boyce, Richardson and Abbott picking wickets in their first overs respectively, as Pakistan lost half of their side for just 36 by 8th over with extras contributing half the score. Saad Nasim, who played well in the recently concluded CLT20 continued to perform well for national team too. He top scored with 25 and finally got out in 16th over at team score of 71. Young spinner Raza Hasan was only batsmen among his team to manage strike rate of 100 as he was unbeaten for run a ball – 13. Pakistan managed to score 25 in last four overs as they managed to end at 96 for 9 in 20 overs.
In the chase of 97, Australia didn’t got off to a good start as Raza Hasan sent back the new captain, Aaron Finch for just 5 in innings’ 3rd over. Maxwell who was getting some streaky runs departed for 17 off 10 balls after been trapped by Afridi in front. Australia soon lost wickets of Smith and Hughes as they were 4 down for 56 in 9th over. But with just 41 more needing, and a counter attack from David Warner didn’t allow Pakistan to make further inroads. David warner brought up his fifty in just 38 balls with help of 4 fours & 3 sixes and remained unbeaten on 53 with Australia completing the chase with 6 over to spare.
Australia: 97 for 4 in 14.0 overs (DA Warner 53*, GJ Maxwell 17; Raza Hasan 2/17, S Afridi 1/17) beat Pakistan: 96 for 9 in 20.0 overs (S Nasim 25, W Riaz 16; GJ Maxwell 3/13, CJ Boyce 2/10) by 6 wickets
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