Imad stars as Pakistan thrash Australia

Top order sizzles as Australia continue domination - Cricbuzz

Top order sizzles as Australia continue domination - Cricbuzz

The Australian men's team might have received a battering at the hands of Pakistan in the opening T20I in the UAE, but elsewhere in Malaysia, the fortunes were totally in contrast as the women's team continued their domination.

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.

Pakistan and Australia will lock horns in the first of three T20 internationals at Sheikh Zayed's Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

In response, Australia's chase got off to a disastrous start.

Set a gettable target of 156 in Abu Dhabi, the tourists lost six wickets in what Finch described as a "horrific" powerplay on the way to being skittled for 89.

"That powerplay was horrific.it was like a auto crash in slow motion".

The only other player to get into double figures was the returning Chris Lynn, who scored 14, and opener Finch, who was bowled for a three-ball duck by left-arm spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim said he accepted a lot of responsibility for the collapse himself. Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was very bad.

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The third and final T20 match between Pakistan and Australia will be played on Sunday in Dubai. "This team hasn't been together for a hell of a long time and I'm sure in the future we'll be better".

Tye struck twice in as many balls to see the back of Hussain Talat and Faheem, then Stanlake took two wickets in the next over as Pakistan collapsed to from 130-3 to 133-8.

Earlier, Pakistan were lifted by Azam and Mohammad Hafeez (39) as they added 73 for the second wicket in quick time.

Australian were six down with just 22 runs on the board which not only tells you the story of the match and largely about the state of the batting unit.

Babar, carried the bat, and was unbeaten with 68 runs to his name, having faced 55 balls with 5 fours and a six.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed gave credit to his bowlers and Hafeez-Babar for their crucial partnership. This was exactly what Australia did not need after their bowlers - Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye (three wickets apiece) had fought back well to restrict Pakistan to 155.

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