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Pakistan vs Australia - 1st T20I

Series: Pakistan and Australia in UAE, 3 T20I Series, 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 24 October 2018

Australia 89/10 (16.5 Ovs) RR: 5.28 | Pakistan beat Australia by 66 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Aaron Finch bowled Imad Wasim bowled Imad Wasim 0300
D'Arcy Short bowled Imad Wasim bowled Imad Wasim 4210
Chris Lynn bowled Faheem Ashraf bowled Faheem Ashraf 141520
Glenn Maxwell bowled Faheem Ashraf bowled Faheem Ashraf 2700
Ben McDermott run out run out 0200
Alex Carey c Sarfraz Ahmed (C) (W) & b Imad Wasim c Sarfraz Ahmed (C) (W) & b Imad Wasim 1300
Ashton Agar c Sarfraz Ahmed (C) (W) & b Hasan Ali c Sarfraz Ahmed (C) (W) & b Hasan Ali 192320
Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled Shadab Khan bowled Shadab Khan 342960
Adam Zampa c Hasan Ali & b Shaheen Afridi c Hasan Ali & b Shaheen Afridi 3700
Andrew Tye bowled Shaheen Afridi bowled Shaheen Afridi 6310
Billy Stanlake not out not out 2700
Extras 4 (b 1, lb 3, w 0, nb 0)
Total 89 (10 Wkts, 16.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Aaron Finch,0.3), 5-2 (D'Arcy Short,1), 16-3 (Glenn Maxwell,3.3), 16-4 (Ben McDermott,3.5), 22-5 (Alex Carey,5), 22-6 (Chris Lynn,5.2), 60-7 (Ashton Agar,12.4), 72-8 (Adam Zampa,14.3), 78-9 (Andrew Tye,15), 89-10 (Nathan Coulter-Nile,16.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Imad Wasim4 0 20 3 5.00
Faheem Ashraf3 1 10 2 3.33
Hasan Ali3 0 16 1 5.33
Shaheen Afridi3 0 23 2 7.67
Shadab Khan3.5 0 16 1 4.57

So! The 100-ball tournament is being talked about in England but Australia tonight advertised it. If truth be told, the match was done and dusted in the Powerplay itself when they were reduced to 26/6. How will the second T20I pan out? Will Pakistan crush their opponents there as well? Join us on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8 pm local (1600 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, says that the strength of the Pakistan team is that the bowling is so strong that they can defend if they get some sort of a total on board. On the promotion of Asif Ali and Husan Talat with the bat, Sarfraz admits that the plan was to keep coming in hard at Australia but although that did not work out, praises Babar and Hafeez for doing well. Is full of adjectives for his bowling unit and also says that Hasan Ali's cameo was the turning point in the game. On being asked whether he would open with Hasan in the second game, Ahmed smiles and says that one never knows, the way Ali is hitting the ball these days, if he is let loose along with Fakhar Zaman, anything can happen.

A dejected Australian captain, Aaron Finch, admits that it was an embarrassing batting display. Praises Pakistan for bowling very well and also agrees that his team just batted one-dimensionally - trying to to hit every ball out of the park - could have probably taken some time. But quickly adds that the unit will do better in the next game as they were rusty tonight. Praises his bowlers for bowling well tonight but feels the fielding was pretty ordinary. On Pakistan's bowling, he is full of praises for the talent that they have and challenges his batsmen to come back firing in Dubai.

IMAD WASIM HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH for his brilliant bowling spell. Praises the almighty for helping him come back well after injury. On being asked what did he do in hibernation, Imad says that he just played a few domestic matches. On his plan against the Aussies, he says that he just planned on keeping it straight and was lucky that he did not get hit for runs. Stresses that one gets confidence by playing more, so hopes he continues to play more.

It was a top class bowling performance by the numero uno T20I team. Imad Wasim set the tone with a 3-fer and then the other bowlers capitalized. They didn't allow the team from Down Under to recover after initial blows and kept pegging them back by picking regular wickets. Earlier in the evening, a good batting performance by Babar Azam and his partnership of 73 runs with Mohammad Hafeez powered Pakistan to 155/8. However, they lost their way towards the end, it didn't cost them much. Time for the presentation...

All over in the blink of an eye! A commanding performance by Pakistan as they have completely decimated the Aussies. It all started in the first over itself when Imad Wasim removed both the openers. Post that, the Australian innings got derailed and they lost six wickets inside the Powerplay. It was a mere formality after that and Pakistan didn't waste much time in bowling them out. Nathan Coulter-Nile top scored and his knock helped the Kangaroos surpass their lowest T20I total.

S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, OUT! That is it! Nathan loses his bat and Australia lose the battle. It is bowled on the stumps, Nathan swings but misses to see the ball hit the middle pole. Customary handshakes taking place as PAKISTAN WIN THE GAME BY 66 RUNS!
S Khan to B Stanlake, A googly again, around off and spinning away, Stanlake tries to flick but it finds the leading edge and speeds through point for a run.
S Khan to B Stanlake, BEATEN AGAIN! Another googly around off, it picthes and turns away. Stanlake tries to drive but is beaten by the away turn.
S Khan to B Stanlake, A googly on off, Stanlake plays all around it and gets beaten.
S Khan to B Stanlake, A yorker on middle, jammed out.

Shadab Khan is back on.

H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, FOUR! Another top shot! Short and outside off, Nathan stands tall and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
H Ali to B Stanlake, On a length around middle, BS hits it down to long on for a run.
H Ali to B Stanlake, A bumper on off, NCN tries to pull but is a touch late. He mistimes it to covers.
H Ali to B Stanlake, Full and on middle, Stanlake drives it back towards Ali. He makes a half stop but no runs conceded.
H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, Slower ball, NCN tries to pull but it goes off the inner half towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, FOUR! They have surpassed it! Shorter in length around off, Nathan slaps it over mid off and a boundary results.

Billy Stanlake, the tall man, is the last batsman for Australia.

S Afridi to A Tye, OUT! 5th batsman to be bowled in this innings! Beaten for pace there, also he misread the length. Slightly fuller on middle, Tye instead of coming forward tries to defend it from within the crease. The ball skids off and even before the bat comes down, sneaks through and uproots the middle stump. Two in the over for Shaheen. End is nigh for the Aussies.
S Afridi to A Tye, FOUR! Misfield! So we saw a brilliant effort a few balls ago and now we see a poor effort. Full and around off, Tye hits it really hard towards Ashraf at mid off. He dives over the ball and a boundary results.
S Afridi to A Tye, Full and on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.

Andrew Tye is the new man in.

S Afridi to A Zampa, OUT! In the air... taken! In the end that is. Hasan almost made a meal of that one. But in the end he has taken a brilliant catch. Zampa tries to clear the long on fence but gets more height than distance. Hasan Ali in the deep, initially misjudges it as he comes running in, then realizes that the ball is going to fall behind him. He stops himself, tracks back and then takes it above his head, falling down. Lovely stuff. 8 down now and Australia need another 8 to surpass their lowest score in T20Is.
S Afridi to A Zampa, Zampa swings to a ball around leg. He misses.
S Afridi to A Zampa, Good length on off, the batsman keeps it out.

Shaheen Afridi is back on.

S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries. Another short ball on middle, Nathan goes back and this time pulls it through mid-wicket as the ball races away.
S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, FOUR! Poor ball! Short and outside off, NCN cuts it through point and bags a boundary.
S Khan to A Zampa, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
S Khan to A Zampa, Very full on off, Zampa jams it out towards the bowler.
S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, The googly on the pads, NCN tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls on the leg side. Leg bye taken.
S Khan to A Zampa, Floats it up on off, Zampa drives it through covers for a run.
H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, A bumper to end the over and NCN is late in the pull shot.
H Ali to A Zampa, On the pads, Zampa tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batters take a leg bye.

The new batsman is in. It's Adam Zampa.

H Ali to A Agar, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! End of Australia's best stand tonight. A frustrating one for Pakistan. Hasan Ali finally gets his man. Another slower ball outside off, Agar tries to cut but the ball takes the outside edge and settles into the mitts of the keeper. Ali gives Agar the stare as he walks off.
H Ali to A Agar, Excellent comeback from the bowler this time. The slower ball on off, Agar is completely foxed. He tries to keep it out but gets beaten.
H Ali to A Agar, FOUR! What a response from Agar! Stand and deliver stuff. It is shorter in length, Agar picks the length early and pulls it over mid-wicket. It seems to have landed just inside the ropes but the umpire goes upstairs to check. Replays show the same. Four signaled.
H Ali to A Agar, NOT OUT! Yes, it has clipped the back leg. On a length around leg. Agar goes to flick but there is a noise as the ball passes the bat. Sarfraz takes it and appeals and the umpire after giving it a thought raises his finger. Agar reviews immediately. Replays show there is no bat involved.

Agar has been given out caught behind. He immediately reviews. Might have clipped the thigh pad.

S Khan to A Agar, Flatter again on middle, Agar punches it down to long off for a run.
S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They take a single.
S Khan to A Agar, Tossed up outside off, it turns back in. Agar tries to cut but it hits the higher portion of the bat and goes towards mid off for a run.
S Khan to A Agar, Another full delivery, Agar jams it out towards the bowler. He sticks a hand out and makes a half stop. No runs conceded though.
S Khan to A Agar, On the middle, Agar drives it back to the bowler.
S Khan to A Agar, Tosses it up on off, Agar drives it to covers.
S Afridi to A Agar, On the pads, Agar tickles it fine down the leg side and picks up a run. Wants the second, calls his partner for it but then sends him back. Coulter-Nile ain't happy. 11 from the over.
S Afridi to A Agar, Direct hit would have consumed NCN! It's full and on middle, Agar forces it out towards mid-wicket and Coulter-Nile rushes out of the crease looking for a run. It's not on and hence Agar sends him back. He's lucky it wasn't a direct hit again from Fakhar Zaman.
S Afridi to A Agar, FOUR! Turning out to be a very expensive over. An overpitched delivery outside off, Agar drills his drive through the gap between mid off and extra cover for a glorious boundary. 50 up for Australia!