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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: 02 July 2018

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

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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.

10.5
4
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
10.4
6
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
10.3
1
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, now the leggie, Head works it behind square on the leg-side
10.2
1
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, googly again, cramps Finch for room. Turned away to long-on
10.1
1
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, googly from Shadab, Head waits and tils his bat to steer it towards backward point
9.6
2
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
9.5
4
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
9.4
4
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
9.3
1
Usman Khan to Head, 1 run, tucked through square leg
9.2
3
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
9.1
1
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

8.6
0
Shadab Khan to Finch, no run, flat and short outside off, Finch reaches out and slaps, straight to the fielder at cover
8.5
1
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, turned away behind square on the on-side
8.4
1
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, flashed away to sweeper cover
8.3
1
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
8.2
1
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, gives width for Finch, punched away to sweeper cover
8.1
1
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, a soft and angled-batted dab to point

Just 33 runs required for the Aussies in 72 balls.

7.6
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Head, 1 run, Nawaz drops it short, Head stays a bit leg-sidish and stabs it away to long-on
7.5
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, 1 run, nurdled round the corner
7.4
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, no run, flattish on middle, Finch makes room and thrashes the cut to point
7.3
1
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
7.3
2
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
7.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Head, 1 run, a little shimmy from Head, softly nudges it to mid-wicket with the spin
7.1
1
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

6.6
1
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, driven fluently towards long-off
6.5
0
Shadab Khan to Finch, no run, good comeback by Shadab. Bowls this quick and beats Finch's quest for the cut
6.4
6
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
6.3
6
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
6.2
4
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
6.1
0
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
5.6
0
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
5.5
1
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
5.4
0
Hasan Ali to Finch, no run, keeps it short outside off, Finch stretches across to smear it to point
5.3
6
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
5.2
1
Hasan Ali to Head, 1 run, tap-and-run single in front of cover
5.1
1
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
4.6
1
Shadab Khan to Finch, 1 run, Shadab lands the googly, Finch spots it early and stabs it away to long-on
4.5
1
Shadab Khan to Head, 1 run, drifted on leg, tickled to short fine leg
4.4
1
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
4.3
0
Shadab Khan to Finch, no run, flat and keeps low, Finch makes room and punches it to extra cover
4.2
1
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
4.1
2
Shadab Khan to Head, 2 runs, flighted on the stumps, Head flicks it wide of long-on and adds a couple of runs to the tally

Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

3.6
0
Hasan Ali to Finch, no run, pitched up, sliver of swing for Ali. Finch shows some respect and offers his straight bat in defence
3.5
1
Hasan Ali to Head, 1 run, fuller outside off, Head opens his bat face to guide it to third man
3.4
4
Hasan Ali to Head, FOUR, short, width and punished. No real pace or swing, this sort of length can put any bowler in trouble. Head went deep, gets into a good position and slashed it through covers. Gets off the mark in style
3.4
5
Hasan Ali to Head, 5 wides, whoops. Ali overdoes the inswing. Sprays it down leg and Sarfaraz can't reach. Runs away for five wides. Pakistan can't afford to leak runs like this, especially when you have just 116 on the board
3.3
0
Hasan Ali to Head, no run, zippy! Short and skidded outside off, Head went for the cut and was beaten for pace

Travis Head, left handed bat, comes to the crease

3.2
0
Hasan Ali to D Arcy Short, out Caught by Talat!! Sweet birthday present for Hasan Ali. Strikes off his second ball and the bowling change has worked for Pakistan. Dug in short and it rushed off the pitch to quell Short's attempted pull. Wasn't in any control at all, dragged it high on the ball and spoons a dolly to Talat at mid-wicket. Now comes the Hasan Ali's signature celebration - the generator as he calls. Some solace for Sarfraz and Co. D Arcy Short c Talat b Hasan Ali 15(14) [4s-3]

Hasan Ali to D Arcy Short, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.1
0
Hasan Ali to D Arcy Short, no run, tails in from a length, flapped to mid-wicket

Hasan Ali, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

2.6
4
Usman Khan to Finch, FOUR, "Wait, wait" chirped Finch as he made a sweet contact with the white cherry and it comfortably beats the traffic on the off-side. Fourth boundary off the over. Good length delivery on off, Finch stayed back and waited for the ball to arrive. Punched it neatly without much fuss and evades extra cover too
2.5
1
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, 1 run, unveils the short-arm jab, through square leg
2.4
4
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, FOUR, the Australians are in a hurry here. Hat-trick of fours for Short and Pakistan have been put under the pump early. Another half-volley from Usman, just outside off. Hint of inward shape but the length is all awry. Short leans across, gets his front leg close to the pitch and creams it through extra cover
2.3
4
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, FOUR, wow! Stand and admire stuff from Short. This wasn't all that bad delivery from Usman. On a length just outside off, Short stood tall and unleashed his bottom-hand to crisply punch it through covers. All finesse!
2.2
4
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, FOUR, first boundary for Short. He gets into the act by drilling a half-volley through extra cover. Planted his front foot across and connected it beautifully to thread the gap
2.1
0
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, no run, jagging in on a fuller length just outside off, Short gently pats it to mid-off
1.6
6
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, SIX, and again. More like an action replay of the previous. Right under Finch's eyesight, cleared his front foot and whacked it powerfully over long-on. Two sixes to dent Nawaz's over
1.5
6
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, SIX, Sarfaraz was unimpressed from behind as soon as Nawaz overpitched it at the stumps. Gave Finch to free his arms and the Australian skipper won't miss out on those. Thumped with ferocity over long-on
1.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to D Arcy Short, 1 run, chips down the track, reaching the pitch and working it down to long-on
1.3
0
Mohammad Nawaz to D Arcy Short, no run, fires it quicker outside off, Short feels for it sans any feet. Feeble push to point
1.2
0
Mohammad Nawaz to D Arcy Short, no run, flatter and stays low, Short shifts his body weight a little down to wrist it to mid-wicket
1.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to D Arcy Short, wide, slower and spinning down leg, Short has nothing to do with it
1.1
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Finch, 1 run, heaved towards deep square leg

Mohammad Nawaz, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, no run, "Ahhh" goes Usman Khan and the Pakistan fielders joins in the appeal, however ump shakes his head in disapproval. Swung back in prodgiously to pin Short on the pads, who was caught in the crease. Beaten for sheer pace, guess the height could've saved him there. Yes, seems too high
0.5
1
Usman Khan to Finch, 1 run, tails in close to off and cramps Finch for room. Knocked gently in front of mid-on for a quick single
0.4
0
Usman Khan to Finch, no run, pitched up, enticing Finch for the drive. The Australian skipper languidly pushes it to mid-off
0.4
1
Usman Khan to Finch, wide, shaping away well outside off, Finch wafts at it but the movement is quite rapid and it's close to the guidelines as well. Called a wide, quite a harsh call that
0.3
1
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, 1 run, sharp inward movement on a fuller length just outside off, ideal length to unfurl the drive and Short went hard but ends up getting an inside edge onto his pad. Rolls towards the off-side and first runs for Australia
0.2
0
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, no run, nipping back in, better length to keep Short at bay. Defended softly back to the bowler
0.1
0
Usman Khan to D Arcy Short, no run, begins with a fuller length delivery that scoots off the deck outside off. Short flashes his willow but is defeated by the low bounce as the new cherry slides under his bat

D Arcy Short and Finch are at the crease. D Arcy Short is on strike. Usman Khan will open the attack