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Pakistan vs Australia - 2nd Match

Series: Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date & Time: 02 July 2018

Australia 117/1 (10.5 Ovs) RR: 10.80 | Australia won by 9 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
D Arcy Short c Talat & b Hasan Alic Talat & b Hasan Ali151430
Aaron Finch Not OutNot Out683346
Travis Head Not OutNot Out201810
Nic Maddinson dnbdnb0000
Glenn Maxwell dnbdnb0000
Marcus Stoinis dnbdnb0000
Alex Carey dnbdnb0000
Ashton Agar dnbdnb0000
Andrew Tye dnbdnb0000
Jhye Richardson dnbdnb0000
Billy Stanlake dnbdnb0000
Extras 14 (b 0, lb 5, w 9, nb 0)
Total 117 (1 Wkts, 10.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
35-1 (D Arcy Short,3.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Usman Khan3 0 31 0 10.33
Mohammad Nawaz2 0 22 0 11.00
Hasan Ali2 0 18 1 9.00
Shadab Khan3.5 0 41 0 11.71
Mohammad Hafeez0 0 0 0 0
Fakhar Zaman0 0 0 0 0
Hussain Talat0 0 0 0 0
Sarfraz Ahmed0 0 0 0 0
Shoaib Malik0 0 0 0 0
Asif Ali0 0 0 0 0
Faheem Ashraf0 0 0 0 0


Right then, Pakistan's winning streak of 8 T20Is came to a grinding halt. The Aussies were ruthless today and have got the ball rolling in this Tri-series. Time to conclude the proceedings for today from here. Until next time, its a goodbye from all of us. See ya!

Finch, Australian captain: We played really well, the tone that our bowlers set after winning the toss was fantastic. We have come here to win, we have been training well. Nice to have a polished performance to start here. He (Stanlake) did an outstanding job. Jhye, who didn't play much in UK bounced back today. The quicks bowled really aggressive, I hung onto a couple and it was nice. At times, we are chasing a reasonable small total, one or two overs can break the game. When you chasing at 4 or 5 runs an over, it becomes easy.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: The total is important here. If you lose too many wickets early, You can't survive in the match. Credit goes to them, he (Stanlake) got pace, especially the first four overs and he found bounce as well. Time to work hard, hopefully we will come back well next game.

Billy Stanlake, Man of the Match: We had a pretty disappointing tour of UK, it was challenging and to get out here and perform was nice. My role is to be aggressive upfront and try to take wickets with the new ball. Hopefully, I can keep doing my best. With the early wickets, Finch just kept me going and got into a good rhythm. It was nice to get off to a great start. He took some beautiful catches (Finch).

12:34 Local Time: Smiles in the Aussie camp, it has been a long time coming for them after a tough tour to the UK where they endured a whitewash. Handshakes follow as well, joined by the Pakistan team. Defending a target of 117, they needed wickets upfront to put Aussies under pressure, but that didn't happen. Finch was in overdrive mode from the start, blazed away in no time by compiling a quickfire fifty and wrapped it up in a clinical fashion for Australia. Not to forget contributions from Short and Head. However, the man who set it all up was the big boy, Stanlake. His unchanged new ball spell fetched him a 4-fer and Pakistan never really recovered. Presentations to follow, stay tuned.

Shadab Khan to Finch, FOUR, couldn't have gone any worse for Pakistan. Game sealed and fittingly, Finch finishes off things for Australia as they romp home by nine wickets with 55 balls to spare. Flighted delivery from Shadab, Finch goes for glory and connects, hits it to long-on where Asif Ali makes a meal of it. Leaps, misjudges and palms it away to the ropes
Shadab Khan to Finch, SIX, whacked straight down the ground. Shadab darted it wide of off, asking Finch to fetch. The Australian skipper went low, stretches his arms and deposited it over the bowler's head
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, now the leggie, Head works it behind square on the leg-side
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, googly again, cramps Finch for room. Turned away to long-on
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, googly from Shadab, Head waits and tils his bat to steer it towards backward point
Usman Khan to Finch, 2 runs, fuller on the pads, Finch walks across and clips it past short fine leg. Collects a brace to the tally and brings down the equation to 13
Usman Khan to Finch, leg byes, FOUR, hustled for pace, Finch is beaten on the short-arm jab and is rapped high on the pad. A mild appeal from the bowler but the umpire walks away disinterested. The ball rolls away towards third man, the fielder was slightly squarer and it runs away for four leg-byes
Usman Khan to Finch, FOUR, short and pulled past the man at 45. Banged short on leg, Finch swivels and helps the pull, a bit airly and it eluded the short fine leg fielder
Usman Khan to Head, 1 run, tucked through square leg
Usman Khan to Finch, 3 runs, fifty for Finch. His 9th in T20Is. Leading the chase from the front for his team. A gentle raise of the bat to soak in the applause. Tucking for space, Finch helped it past short fine leg - more off the inner half. The fielder from deep square leg sprints across and tries to relay the throw back to another fielder. Messes up and lobs it over his head. Easy three grabbed
Usman Khan to Head, 1 run, shortish outside off, Head slices the drive to the right of sweeper cover

Usman Khan [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

Shadab Khan to Finch, no run, flat and short outside off, Finch reaches out and slaps, straight to the fielder at cover
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, turned away behind square on the on-side
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, flashed away to sweeper cover
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, had Nawaz collected the ball and broken the stumps at the bowler's head, Head would've been in some trouble. Pushed down the ground, Nawaz at short cover ran across and failed to pick up the ball, thereby allowing to steal a single in the end
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, gives width for Finch, punched away to sweeper cover
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, a soft and angled-batted dab to point

Just 33 runs required for the Aussies in 72 balls.

Mohammad Nawaz to Head, 1 run, Nawaz drops it short, Head stays a bit leg-sidish and stabs it away to long-on
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, 1 run, nurdled round the corner
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, no run, flattish on middle, Finch makes room and thrashes the cut to point
Mohammad Nawaz to Head, 1 run, in the air and falls in no-man's land. Head went for a slog across the line, miscues. Gets a top-edge and luckily for him, it falls a couple of inches in front of Malik at long-off
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, 2 wides, sliding down leg, Nawaz saw the batsman back away to leg and fired it. Finch tried to paddle it and missed. Sarfaraz can't gather it cleanly
Mohammad Nawaz to Head, 1 run, a little shimmy from Head, softly nudges it to mid-wicket with the spin
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, 1 run, slow, short and at the stumps. Finch has ample time to roll his wrists and place it to mid-wicket

Mohammad Nawaz [1.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, driven fluently towards long-off
Shadab Khan to Finch, no run, good comeback by Shadab. Bowls this quick and beats Finch's quest for the cut
Shadab Khan to Finch, SIX, murdered hard and flat, carries all the way for a maximum. Tossed outside off, Finch gets under it and slaps it past long-off, who tried his best but it eluded him
Shadab Khan to Finch, SIX, bang! No worries in picking the googly this time around for Finch. As soon as he saw it was flighted, Finch shifted his body weight down to thump it over cow corner
Shadab Khan to Finch, FOUR, tell you what, Finch didn't pick this at all. The googly from Shadab, Finch went low for the swipe and swung it a little early. Mowed into the gap, threaded the gap expertly between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket
Shadab Khan to Finch, no run, leggie that stops in the pitch for a moment. Finch doesn't read it and tamely bunts it back
Hasan Ali to Head, no run, Ali harpoons it full, almost a yorker length. Squeezed to the left of the bowler, Ali stops and collects the ball before rifling the throw back at the batsman
Hasan Ali to Finch, 1 run, pacy back of a length delivery, angling on leg. Finch hauls his back leg and seems to have got an inside edge onto his thigh pad
Hasan Ali to Finch, no run, keeps it short outside off, Finch stretches across to smear it to point
Hasan Ali to Finch, SIX, bosh! What a strike by Finch. Ali hammered it short, no real pace or venom behind it to trouble Finch, who took it head-on to butcher the pull over deep square leg for a maximum
Hasan Ali to Head, 1 run, tap-and-run single in front of cover
Hasan Ali to Finch, leg byes, 1 run, zips off the deck, slams Finch on the pad. Too leg-sidish and it trickles to the vacant square leg region
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, Shadab lands the googly, Finch spots it early and stabs it away to long-on
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, drifted on leg, tickled to short fine leg
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, "Catch it" was the cry but it drops well in front of long-on. Dragged short, Finch was backing away and it got too big on him. Flat-bats it off-balance to long-on
Shadab Khan to Finch, no run, flat and keeps low, Finch makes room and punches it to extra cover
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, "Only one" shouted Sarfraz and it'll be just a single. Flatter on middle and leg, picked through mid-wicket


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