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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: 24 October 2018

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

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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.

16.5
0
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!
16.4
1
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.
16.3
0
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.
16.2
0
S Khan to B Stanlake, A googly on off, Stanlake plays all around it and gets beaten.
16.1
0
S Khan to B Stanlake, A yorker on middle, jammed out.

Shadab Khan is back on.

15.6
4
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.
15.5
1
H Ali to B Stanlake, On a length around middle, BS hits it down to long on for a run.
15.4
0
H Ali to B Stanlake, A bumper on off, NCN tries to pull but is a touch late. He mistimes it to covers.
15.3
0
H Ali to B Stanlake, Full and on middle, Stanlake drives it back towards Ali. He makes a half stop but no runs conceded.
15.2
1
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.
15.1
4
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.

14.6
0
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.
14.5
4
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.
14.4
2
S Afridi to A Tye, Full and on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.

Andrew Tye is the new man in.

14.3
0
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.
14.2
0
S Afridi to A Zampa, Zampa swings to a ball around leg. He misses.
14.1
0
S Afridi to A Zampa, Good length on off, the batsman keeps it out.

Shaheen Afridi is back on.

13.6
4
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.
13.5
4
S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, FOUR! Poor ball! Short and outside off, NCN cuts it through point and bags a boundary.
13.4
1
S Khan to A Zampa, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
13.3
0
S Khan to A Zampa, Very full on off, Zampa jams it out towards the bowler.
13.2
0
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.
13.1
1
S Khan to A Zampa, Floats it up on off, Zampa drives it through covers for a run.
12.6
0
H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, A bumper to end the over and NCN is late in the pull shot.
12.5
1
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.

12.4
0
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.
12.3
0
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.
12.2
4
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.
12.1
0
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.

11.6
1
S Khan to A Agar, Flatter again on middle, Agar punches it down to long off for a run.
11.5
1
S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They take a single.
11.4
1
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.
11.3
0
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.
11.2
0
S Khan to A Agar, On the middle, Agar drives it back to the bowler.
11.1
0
S Khan to A Agar, Tosses it up on off, Agar drives it to covers.
10.6
1
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.
10.5
0
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.
10.4
4
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!
10.3
1
S Afridi to N Coulter-Nile, Goes downtown this time. Makes room again, clears his front leg and hammers it over the bowler's head. There is a fielder in the deep now and long off cuts it off. A single.
10.2
4
S Afridi to N Coulter-Nile, FOUR! NCN won't go down without a fight! Afridi bowls it short this time, around off, Coulter-Nile makes space and spanks it over covers for a cracking boundary.
10.1
4
S Afridi to N Coulter-Nile, FOUR! Fine shot! Afridi runs in and tries to bowl a yorker around off. He fails to land it and Coulter-Nile nails this low full toss past the left side of the mid off fielder for a boundary.

Shaheen Afridi has a change of ends.

9.6
0
S Khan to A Agar, On the stumps, kept out.
9.5
0
S Khan to A Agar, BEATEN! The googly on off, it pitches and turns away. Agar tries to defend but gets beaten.
9.4
1
S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, Shorter ball outside off, NCN pushes it through covers for a run.
9.3
0
S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, On the pads, Nathan tries to flick but the ball lobs up and Ahmed runs to his right and takes it. There is excitement from the crowd but nothing from the players.
9.2
0
S Khan to N Coulter-Nile, Flatter on off, NCN cuts it to point. Sarfraz is not happy with that delivery.
9.1
1
S Khan to A Agar, Tosses it up on off, Agar eases it down to long off for a run.

Shadab Khan is into the attack.

8.6
0
I Wasim to N Coulter-Nile, Fires it on the stumps and the batsman blocks it out.
8.5
2
I Wasim to N Coulter-Nile, Well played again! He shuffles right across and Imad bowls a low full toss on the stumps. Nathan plays the paddle sweep and bags a brace.
8.4
1
I Wasim to A Agar, Strokes it through covers for a single.
8.3
1
I Wasim to N Coulter-Nile, Nicely played! Walks across and plays the sweep to deep square leg for a run.
8.2
1
I Wasim to A Agar, Slower through the air on off, Agar pushes it through covers for a run.
8.1
0
I Wasim to A Agar, Flatter on off, the batter strokes it to covers.

Imad Wasim is back on.

7.6
0
S Afridi to A Agar, A brilliant yorker to end the over! Agar fails to flick and gets hit on the pads. The ball lobs towards point as the batsmen take a leg bye. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
7.5
0
S Afridi to N Coulter-Nile, On the pads, NCN tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen run a leg bye.
7.4
0
S Afridi to N Coulter-Nile, A swing and a miss! A decent slower ball outside off, Nathan tries to go downtown but misses.
7.3
0
S Afridi to N Coulter-Nile, Length ball on middle, the batsman defends it out.
7.2
2
S Afridi to N Coulter-Nile, Shorter in length, Nathan gets into position early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a brace.
7.1
1
S Afridi to A Agar, Shortish and outside off, Agar tries to cut but gets a bottom edge towards third man for a run.

Shaheen Afridi is into the attack.

6.6
0
H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, A beauty! A yorker on middle, NCN somehow jams it out. End of a lovely first over by Hasan Ali.
6.5
0
H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, Back of a length on off, Nathan pushes it to mid off.
6.4
0
H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, Once again even before the bat is down, the ball zips through. Full and around off, Nathan tries to get his bat down in time but fails to do so. Attack the stumps, Hasan.
6.3
0
H Ali to N Coulter-Nile, The ball is really skidding through here. The batsmen are being beaten for pace. On a length and around middle, it skids through. NCN tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
6.2
1
H Ali to A Agar, Edges it but only a slip in place! Should be having more with the position Australia are in. Around off, Agar tries to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes wide of first slip for a run.
6.1
0
H Ali to A Agar, On a length around middle, Agar defends it.

Hasan Ali is into the attack.

5.6
3
F Ashraf to A Agar, So a triple to end the Powerplay, thoroughly dominated by Pakistan as Australia are 26 for 6. Full and on off, Agar strokes it through mid off and the batsmen run three as Imad pulls it back before it crosses the ropes.
5.5
1
F Ashraf to N Coulter-Nile, Angles this one into the batter. Nathan flicks it down to fine leg for a single.
5.4
0
F Ashraf to N Coulter-Nile, On the pads, NCN tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
5.3
0
F Ashraf to N Coulter-Nile, Fuller on middle, it is stroked to mid off.

Nathan Coulter-Nile walks out.

5.2
0
F Ashraf to C Lynn, OUT! They are falling like nine pins here! 4th time in this innings the stumps have been rattled. Faheem Ashraf gets his second. Looks like Lynn has just missed a straight ball there. It is angled in from outside off onto the off pole. Lynn plays inside the line and misses to see his off stump being knocked over. The last recognized batsman is walking back and now one can surely say, it is GAME, SET AND MATCH!
5.1
0
F Ashraf to C Lynn, Good length around off, Lynn tries to force it towards mid off but gets an inside edge onto his pads.

Ashton Agar strides out to bat.

4.6
0
I Wasim to A Carey, OUT! Caught behind! Imad Wasim is delighted and copies Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark celebration. Ahem. Australia here are going down like a pack of cards. They are in danger of getting their lowest T20I score which is 79 against England in 2005 in Southampton. Nothing special with this delivery. It's full and outside off, skidding away from the batsman, Carey pushes at it tamely, away from his body, as he attempts to drive. But it takes the feather of his bat and Sarfraz behind hangs on to a sharp catch. Total decimation of the Aussies here.
4.5
1
I Wasim to C Lynn, Pitches it full and on middle, Lynn eases it out to mid off and scampers across to the other end. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
4.4
4
I Wasim to C Lynn, FOUR! Forced away! Wasim drags his length short and bowls it outside off, Lynn holds his ground and spanks it through covers for a powerful boundary.
4.3
0
I Wasim to C Lynn, Arm ball on off, skidding in, Lynn defends it back from the inner half of the bat.
4.2
1
I Wasim to A Carey, Full and flighted outside off, pushed wide of mid off for a run.
4.1
0
I Wasim to A Carey, Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot.
3.6
0
F Ashraf to C Lynn, Fires it on the pads, Lynn works it to mid-wicket. End of a double-wicket over.

Alex Carey is in next.

3.5
0
F Ashraf to Ben McDermott, OUT! McDermott is short! And Australia have lost no. 4. Brilliant, brilliant work from Zaman. This was pushed towards him at mid off. The batsmen set off for a run. He collects it, he has just one stump to aim at and hits the bull's eye at the non-striker's end. Have to mention, it is a tumbling throw by him. The players appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and it shows Ben's dive has not saved him. Pakistan all over the Aussies at the moment.

Have Australia lost another? Well, Pakistan are really confident. Ben is the man in question.

3.4
0
F Ashraf to Ben McDermott, Fuller in length on off, BM pushes it to mid off.

Ben McDermott is the new batsman.

3.3
0
F Ashraf to G Maxwell, OUT! Another batsman has been castled! No show from the Big Show and now Australia face an uphill task of chasing this down. A wild hoick there from Maxwell. Maybe a needless one, especially in the situation Australia are in. Ashraf bowls it full and on the stumps. Maxwell only manages to connect with thin air and the ball hits the middle pole. Australia have lost their third wicket in the Powerplay and not many teams win after losing three in the first six.
3.2
0
F Ashraf to G Maxwell, Length around off, Maxwell tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
3.1
0
F Ashraf to C Lynn, DROPPED? No, the umpire has signaled it as byes. And replays confirms that. Full and around off, it comes back in very late. Lynn swings but misses. The ball goes agonizingly close past the off pole. It swings in even further after passing the bat. Sarfraz dives to his left and makes a half stop. The batsmen run through for a bye.
2.6
1
I Wasim to C Lynn, A single to end another really good over by Wasim. He bowls it on off, Lynn pushes it towards mid off for a run. 2-0-9-2 is how Imad's figures reads.
2.5
2
I Wasim to C Lynn, Darted it again on middle, Lynn with soft hands, flicks it towards mid-wicket. They run the first one hard and then go for the second. The fielder from long on makes good ground, picks the ball up and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end but Maxwell is well in.
2.4
0
I Wasim to C Lynn, On the stumps again, excellent stuff from Imam. Lynn can only defend it out.
2.3
1
I Wasim to G Maxwell, Maxwell looks to make room at first but then does not. Imad sticks to bowling it on the stumps. Glenn eases it down to long on for a single.
2.2
0
I Wasim to G Maxwell, Flatter and on middle, Maxwell gets behind the line and defends.
2.1
0
I Wasim to G Maxwell, Loopy ball on middle, Maxwell strokes it to mid off.
1.6
4
F Ashraf to C Lynn, FOUR! Spoils what was a brilliant over till then. Still a good one though as only 6 from it. Slightly fuller around off, Lynn stands tall and hits it on the up through covers and the ball races away.
1.5
1
F Ashraf to G Maxwell, This time he pushes it a little wide of mid on and goes for the run. The fielder there scores a direct hit at the bowler's end but the batsman is well in. The ball deflects away from the fielder backing up but no extra runs conceded.
1.4
0
F Ashraf to G Maxwell, Length again around off, Maxwell pushes it towards mid on. He initially calls for a run but in time sends Lynn back.
1.3
1
F Ashraf to C Lynn, Hits the deck hard this time and angles it into the batsman, Lynn works it around the corner and takes a run.
1.2
0
F Ashraf to C Lynn, Good shot but finds the fielder! Full and on off, Lynn drives it towards the man at cover-point.
1.1
0
F Ashraf to C Lynn, Starts by attacking the stumps with a full ball, Lynn pushes it back towards mid off.

Glenn Maxwell strides out to the middle. Also, Faheem Ashraf will bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
I Wasim to D Short, OUT! Drags it on! Two wickets in the first over. You cannot ask for a better start! Another arm ball earning Imad a wicket. It skids away from the surface after landing, staying a touch low, Short stays back to turn it on the leg side but gets an inside edge back onto the sticks. End of a marvelous first over by Imad Wasim. He is back after around 12 months and has immediately left his mark.
0.5
4
I Wasim to D Short, FOUR! Crashed! Fantastic start from Short. A flatter delivery, a bit on the shorter side outside off, D'Arcy stands back inside the crease and packs a punch through covers for a cracking boundary.
0.4
1
I Wasim to C Lynn, Quicker and fuller on middle, Chris works it in front of square leg and collects one run to get off the mark.

Chris Lynn is the new batsman.

0.3
0
I Wasim to A Finch, OUT! Sound of timber! Big blow to Australia. Smart bowling by Wasim. Once again he lets out an arm ball in line of the stumps. It's on the shorter side as it skids through the surface after landing. Finch again exposes his stumps as he attempts for the square cut but fails to make any connection. The stumps are broken and Pakistan are delighted.
0.2
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Good thinking by the bowler. Follows Finch down the leg side with an arm ball. Aaron is beaten for pace and is hit on the pads. It rolls behind past the keeper but no run on offer.
0.1
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Starts with a flatter full ball in line of the stumps, Finch gives himself room and drills it straight back. Imad stops it in his followthrough.

We're back with the run chase. Aaron Finch and D'Arcy Short are the Aussie openers. They will be looking to make the most of the Powerplay overs. Pakistan to begin with the spin of Imad Wasim. All set, here we go...