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Pakistan vs Australia - 3rd T20I

Series: Pakistan and Australia in UAE, 3 T20I Series, 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date: 28 October 2018

Australia 117/10 (19.1 Ovs) RR: 6.10 | Pakistan beat Australia by 33 runs

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That is all we have for you from this match and tour. Australia go home empty-handed while Pakistan continue to be consistent. They however, welcome New Zealand in a couple of days in another series, while Australia prepare for South Africa. For now, Sarfraz and co. smile and pose for the cameras as they are handed the 'biscuit-trophy'. We hope you enjoyed all the coverage that was brought to you throughout. Continue being with us for other games. Till then, be safe and do good.

Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, starts by crediting the whole team and reckons they outplayed Australia in the whole series. Mentions T20 is not a format where they can relax and they take every game seriously. Appreciates the bowlers for the way they bowled in this series. Further says they would want to carry forward the momentum into the series against New Zealand. Ends by acknowledging Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez for the way they have played.

Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says they had a chance in all three games as any target below 160 is chaseable. Admits they lacked partnerships. Credits Pakistan for their fielding. Mentions the bowling was a positive but their batting in the middle overs against spin is where they have to improve. Ends by saying, the series against Sri Lanka and South Africa is not going to be easy.

Man of the Series, Babar Azam, says this was his best innings amongst the three as he changed his game a little today. Adds further he would want to carry forward the form he is in, into the matches coming ahead. Ends by saying the role given to him which was to play throughout suits him and he paced his innings according to the situation.

Man of the Match, Shadab Khan, says he bowled good lines and lengths today. Reckons the ball was skidding more tonight but it was gripping more in the last game. Adds further that he has a game plan for every batsman and it came off well today. Ends by saying he is not angry on his teammates for dropping the catches as he himself dropped one, off his own bowling.

Australia for once, did well at the start but could not capitalize. They maintained pace with the scoring rate but kept losing wickets. They were level with Pakistan after 10 overs but had lost 5 more wickets. They needed one batsman to play a solid innings but that did not happen. Earlier on, after a good opening partnership of 93, Pakistan managed to put on 150 on the board. They looked like getting more but Australia pulled things back. However, the final score proved to be enough for the home team. Stay tuned for the presentation.

Another dominant performance from the hosts. This is the first time Pakistan have ever whitewashed Australia in any format in a 3-match series. What a display by the Men in Green and they continue showing off why they are the no.1 T20I side. Once again, apart from the few dropped catches, they were clinical in the field. Shadab Khan was the pick of the bowlers picking up three wickets. Barring Imad, everyone chipped in with the wickets. They didn't allow any partnerships to build and kept getting regular breakthroughs.

19.1
0
H Ali to A Zampa, OUT! No miracle as Zampa is the last man to be dismissed. The slower ball on off, Zampa makes room and tries to go over covers. He only manage to lob it towards the fielder in that position. Imad Wasim tracks back and takes it. Customary handshakes going on as PAKISTAN WIN BY 33 RUNS!
18.6
2
U Khan to N Lyon, A full ball on middle, Lyon hits it down to long on. They run the first one and go for the second. Malik throws it towards the keeper but it hits Lyon. 34 needed in 6 balls. So Australia are still mathematically in it but they need a miracle.
18.5
0
U Khan to N Lyon, Lovely change of length. The last ball was a yorker and this one was a bumper. Lyon is late on the pull.
18.4
0
U Khan to N Lyon, Yorker outside off, Lyon swings but misses.
18.3
2
U Khan to N Lyon, Slower ball on off, Lyon swings but mistimes it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
18.2
1
U Khan to A Zampa, It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
18.1
4
U Khan to A Zampa, FOUR! They need a lot more! Length ball on off, Zampa lofts it over covers. A sloppy effort in the deep by Ashraf who runs to his right but fails to collect it.

Nathan Lyon is the last man in.

17.6
0
H Ali to A Tye, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Another lovely catch by Sarfraz this time. Full and outside off, Tye swings but he gets an inside edge which goes quickly to the left of Sarfraz. He dives and takes it.
17.5
1
H Ali to A Zampa, Another slower bumper outside off, Zampa tries to pull but it goes off the toe-end towards mid-wicket for a run.
17.4
0
H Ali to A Zampa, A yorker on middle, Zampa jams it out.
17.3
0
H Ali to A Zampa, A slower bouncer outside off, Zampa goes for the pull but missed it.
17.2
1
H Ali to A Tye, The batsman gets an inside edge on that which goes fine down the leg side. One run added to the total.
17.1
0
H Ali to A Tye, On a length and it comes back in late. Tye tries to flick but is beaten by pace. The ball hits him on the pads. A muted appeal but not given.

Hasan Ali is back on.

16.6
1
S Khan to A Tye, Short ball on middle, pulled through square leg for a run.
16.5
1
S Khan to A Zampa, Short ball on off, hit towards long off for one. Australia need more than just singles.
16.4
1
S Khan to A Tye, Just a single. Pushed once again to that region.
16.3
1
S Khan to A Zampa, Leg spinner outside off, punched through cover-point for one.
16.2
0
S Khan to A Zampa, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
16.1
1
S Khan to A Tye, DROPPED! Faheem Ashraf the culprit. Should have taken that. Leg spinner outside off, Tye swings and chip it to deep point. Ashraf gets under it but fails to hold on to it. They cross.
15.6
1
U Khan to A Tye, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
15.5
0
U Khan to A Tye, A swing and a miss! Outside off, Tye swings but connects with thin air.
15.4
0
U Khan to A Tye, A yorker on off, Zampa jams it out towards covers for a run.
15.3
1
U Khan to A Zampa, Back of a length on off, guided to point.

Adam Zampa walks out next.

15.2
0
U Khan to N Coulter-Nile, OUT! Second run out! The highest scorer for Australia in this series is walking back. A big mix-up. A yorker outside off, Nathan jams it out towards point. He sets off for a run. His partner obliges but then sends him back from the point of no return. Shadab does the smart thing as he runs to the stumps at the striker's end and then breaks it.

Andrew Tye strides out to the middle.

15.1
0
U Khan to D Short, OUT! What a catch by Shoaib Malik. Catch no. 45 in T20Is and it is one he won't forget soon. He is one of the best fielders in the Pakistan team and he is living up to that reputation. A short ball on the body of Short. He flat-bats it towards wide long on. Malik from long on runs to his left and takes a tumbling catch. The last recognized batsman is walking back and now once can surely say, GAME. SET AND MATCH.

Usman Khan into another spell.

14.6
1
S Khan to D Short, A single to end as Short works it through square leg. 52 in 30.
14.5
4
S Khan to D Short, FOUR! Much, much-needed boundary. The sweep shot comes out. It is hit in the gap in the mid-wicket region. The fielder in the deep dives but his effort goes in vain.
14.4
0
S Khan to D Short, The googly on off, Short keeps it out.

Nathan Coulter-Nile is the new man in.

14.3
0
S Khan to M Marsh, OUT! Marsh walks back and probably he takes back with him Australia's hopes of chasing this down. Shadab Khan gets his third. Excellent bowling. He knew Marsh would use his feet so he bowls it short and also on his body, cramping him for room. Marsh chips it down towards long on. The shot has enough power that it carries towards the fielder at long on. Malik there runs in and takes a decent catch.
14.2
0
S Khan to M Marsh, Shadab tosses it above the eye line but the length is very full, Marsh tries to get under it but fails to do so but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
14.1
1
S Khan to D Short, Tosses it up outside off, Short hits it down to long off for a run.
14.1
0
S Khan to D Short, A false start for him as he fires it full outside off, wided.

Shadab Khan is back on.

13.6
0
H Ali to M Marsh, A dot to end! 2 runs from the over! Short and outside off, Marsh guides it to point. 59 from the last 6. The run rate is now almost touching 10.
13.5
0
H Ali to M Marsh, Another dot! Short and outside off, it is the slower one. Marsh tries to drag his pull but he gets a bottom edge onto the ground.
13.4
1
H Ali to D Short, Goes short this time, Short pulls it to deep square leg for a run. Singles won't hurt Pakistan at the moment, especially after two dots.
13.3
0
H Ali to D Short, Another off cutter, it grips and turns away after pitching. Short tries to flick it but gets a leading edge to point.
13.2
0
H Ali to D Short, BEAUTY! Just how do you play those? An off cutter outside leg, it pitches and then turns away. Short tries to work it on the leg side but is beaten comprehensively.
13.1
1
H Ali to M Marsh, On a length around off, Marsh strokes it towards mid off for a run.

Hasan Ali is back on.

12.6
0
M Hafeez to D Short, A dot to end the over! Short guides it to point. So despite it going for a biggie, it has gone for only 9. 61 needed in 7 overs. Mitchell Marsh holds the key.
12.5
1
M Hafeez to M Marsh, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
12.4
0
M Hafeez to M Marsh, Uses his feet again but Hafeez smartly fires it wide outside off, Marsh puts bat on it and hits it to covers.
12.3
6
M Hafeez to M Marsh, SIX! The plan is clear, Marsh will take on Hafeez as it is easier for him with the ball turning back into him. Steps down the track and hits it straight back over the bowler's head for a biggie.
12.2
1
M Hafeez to D Short, Nice shot! Shorter in length, Short pushes it through covers and gives the strike over to Marsh.
12.1
1
M Hafeez to M Marsh, Marsh comes down the track and Hafeez sees that. He bowls it short and MM hits it down to long on for a run.

Mohammad Hafeez is back on.

11.6
1
U Khan to M Marsh, Just behind a length again on middle, Marsh strokes it down to long on for a single. A tight over from Khan, following up the good work by Shadab in the previous over.
11.5
1
U Khan to D Short, Takes the single now as he works it to long on.
11.4
0
U Khan to D Short, Slightly fuller in length on off, Short pushes it to covers. Two dots, pressure is building with each dot ball.
11.3
0
U Khan to D Short, Works it with the angle to the man at mid-wicket.
11.2
1
U Khan to M Marsh, A short ball on middle, Marsh pulls it hard through square leg for a run.
11.1
0
U Khan to M Marsh, Good length on off, Marsh keeps it out.
10.6
1
S Khan to M Marsh, Eased through mid on for a run. End of another successful over for Pakistan.
10.5
1
S Khan to D Short, The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.
10.4
0
S Khan to D Short, DROPPED! A tough chance but the standards Shadab sets for himself in the field, you expect him to take it. Tosses it up around middle, Short smashes it back towards the bowler. Shadab sticks his hands out but fails to hang on to it. Can Short make Pakistan pay?
10.3
1
S Khan to M Marsh, A half-tracker on middle, Marsh pulls it all along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
10.2
0
S Khan to M Marsh, Flatter and outside off, Marsh finds point with the cut shot.

D'Arcy Short is the next man in.

10.1
0
S Khan to G Maxwell, OUT! Maxwell holes out! He has literally thrown it away. Just reckless from him and Australia now have half the side back in the hut. Shadab once again strikes on the very first ball of his new spell. It is tossed up around off, Maxwell tries to clear long on but due to the turn away, the ball hits the toe end and lobs towards long on. Malik there takes an easy catch. Glenn walks back disappointed and rightly so, do not expect a player with the experience he has to play that shot. Australia in big trouble now. 76 more needed in 59 balls.

Shadab Khan is back into the attack.

9.6
2
U Khan to M Marsh, Good running. Plays this away from the extra cover fielder and takes the first one hard which enables them to come back for the second. After 10 overs, Australia are 75/4 and still need 76 runs from the last 10.
9.5
2
U Khan to M Marsh, Length ball on off, played with a open bat face through cover-point for a couple of runs. Hasan with not the best of efforts on the outfield.
9.4
0
U Khan to M Marsh, Excellent from Usman. 3 dots in a row. Length on that fourth stumps, driven to mid off. They thought of the run but decide against it.
9.3
0
U Khan to M Marsh, Another good ball. Nice and straight. Good comeback after the no-ball. Length ball on middle and leg. Played with a straight bat.
9.2
0
U Khan to M Marsh, Length ball on off, driven to mid off.
9.1
2
U Khan to M Marsh, Good ball. Yorker on middle and leg, Marsh squirts it through mid-wicket for a brace.
9.1
1
U Khan to G Maxwell, NO BALL! Not the best of starts. Oversteps in line of the stumps, Maxwell taps it to the off side for one. Free Hit coming up. Marsh on strike.

Usman Khan to bowl his first over.

8.6
0
I Wasim to G Maxwell, Bowls this down leg, flicked to short fine leg. The take the run but the umpire signals a leg bye. Australia need 84 runs in 66 balls.
8.5
1
I Wasim to M Marsh, Takes the pace off this one around off, driven to extra cover for one.
8.4
0
I Wasim to M Marsh, Quicker one on the off pole, cut to backward point.
8.3
1
I Wasim to G Maxwell, Full and on off, chipped over covers for just a run.
8.2
0
I Wasim to G Maxwell, Darts this quick on middle and leg, Maxwell looks to play it to the on side but his bottom hand comes off. Gets hit on his pads.
8.1
0
I Wasim to G Maxwell, NOT OUT! And that is why! Maxwell has his foot inside. This is tossed up around off, it pitches and turns away. Beats the outside edge of Maxwell who plays for the turn. Sarfraz quickly whips the bails and appeals. The umpire takes it upstairs but GM is in.

A stumping appeal against Maxwell has been taken upstairs. The Pakistan players do not look confident though.

7.6
1
S Khan to G Maxwell, Leg spinner outside off, cut past backward point for a single.
7.5
1
S Khan to M Marsh, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.

Mitchell Marsh is the new man in.

7.4
0
S Khan to Ben McDermott, OUT! 3 run outs in 3 games for Ben McDermott. Oh dear! He won't be pleased. Leg spinner on off, Ben plays it with soft hands towards covers and sets off for a run. Maxwell responds and suddenly sends his partner back. McDermott has given up as he is half-way down. Babar there gives it to Sarfraz who takes off the bails. Pakistan are in celebrations.
7.3
1
S Khan to G Maxwell, Short ball outside off, Maxwell cuts it through cover-point for one.
7.2
1
S Khan to Ben McDermott, Short ball outside off, pulled through mid-wicket for one.

Glenn Maxwell is the new man in.

7.1
0
S Khan to C Lynn, OUT! Shadab strikes first ball! The change has done the trick. Loopy ball outside off, Lynn gets low to sweep but is not in control of it. Takes his top edge and flies to cow corner where Faheem makes no mistake. Still 91 more runs needed.

Shadab Khan is into the attack.

6.6
1
I Wasim to C Lynn, Lynn has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
6.5
1
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to the on side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
6.4
4
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, FOUR! Great shot. Ben showing what he is worth. Another off spinner outside off, he reverse sweeps it fine towards third man for a boundary. Smart cricket.
6.3
0
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, Off spinner outside off, Ben fails to put bat on ball.
6.2
0
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, Hit back to the bowler.
6.1
1
I Wasim to C Lynn, DROPPED! The catching has not improved for the Men in Green. Floated ball on middle, Lynn sweeps it towards deep square leg. Hasan comes running in, gets to the ball but puts it down. They cross.
5.6
0
H Ali to Ben McDermott, Outside off, cut to point. After the Powerplay Australia are 53/2.
5.5
6
H Ali to Ben McDermott, SIX! Flat! Length ball on middle and off, Ben stays inside the crease and slogs it over mid-wicket for half a dozen. The 50 comes up for the visitors.
5.4
0
H Ali to Ben McDermott, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
5.3
4
H Ali to Ben McDermott, FOUR! Short-arm jab from Ben and he gets a boundary for it. Short ball from Hasan, McDermott goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
5.2
0
H Ali to Ben McDermott, Outside off, played to the point region by BM.
5.1
0
H Ali to Ben McDermott, Length ball outside off, punched to the off side.

Hasan Ali to bowl.

4.6
0
I Wasim to C Lynn, Given air on leg, flicked to mid-wicket. No run taken.
4.5
0
I Wasim to C Lynn, CL flicks it away with a wristy shot to square leg.
4.4
1
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, On drive through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
4.3
2
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, Errs down leg, Ben helps it on it's way down to fine leg. Two runs added to the total.
4.2
1
I Wasim to C Lynn, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
4.1
0
I Wasim to C Lynn, Tossed up ball on off, swept through mid-wicket. A good stop to prevent any run.

Imad Wasim is brought back into the attack.

3.6
0
F Ashraf to Ben McDermott, Length on off, played to the off side. Australia need 112 runs in 96 balls.
3.5
3
F Ashraf to C Lynn, Short and wide outside off, Lynn cuts it through backward point. No boundary but will take 3.
3.4
4
F Ashraf to C Lynn, FOUR! Goes for the big shot and gets a boundary. Don't know if he wanted it to go there, but he will take it. Length ball on middle and leg, Lynn swings hard. He gets it off the inner half towards deep square leg for a boundary.
3.3
0
F Ashraf to Ben McDermott, Strays down leg, Ben misses his flick and gets hit on the thigh pad. The ball goes to the on side where they cross.
3.2
0
F Ashraf to Ben McDermott, Similar line and length, Ben stays inside and hits it to cover-point.
3.1
0
F Ashraf to Ben McDermott, Back of a length ball outside off, pushed to covers.
2.6
4
M Hafeez to C Lynn, FOUR! Boundary to end the over. A bit short from Hafeez outside off, Lynn cuts it through extra cover for a boundary. The fielder chases it but only comes second best.
2.5
0
M Hafeez to C Lynn, The batsman plays the square cut and finds the fielder.
2.4
1
M Hafeez to Ben McDermott, Full in line of the stumps, Lynn milks it to the vacant mid-wicket region for another run.
2.3
1
M Hafeez to C Lynn, Back of a length ball outside off, punched through mid off to rotate strike.
2.2
1
M Hafeez to Ben McDermott, Full on leg, turned through mid-wicket for one.

Ben McDermott walks out to the middle. He has been promoted up the order.

2.1
0
M Hafeez to A Carey, OUT! Another one bites the dust. Two wickets in two overs. And Australia continue losing early wickets. Hafeez darts this on middle and off, Carey closes the bat face early and gets a leading edge towards mid-wicket. Faheem there takes the simplest of catches. The dangerous Carey departs.

Mohammad Hafeez is into the attack.

1.6
0
F Ashraf to C Lynn, Lynn has driven that ball straight back.

Chris Lynn is the new man in.

1.5
0
F Ashraf to A Finch, OUT! Soft dismissal. Length ball on middle and off, Finch looks to loft this but hits it straight to mid on. Hafeez moves a little to his left and takes a good catch. Not sure if this shot was needed from the Australian skipper. He could have played himself in given that Carey was going for it at the other end. Nevertheless, a much-needed wicket for Pakistan.
1.4
0
F Ashraf to A Finch, Two Leg byes! Back of a length ball on leg, Finch gives room to hit the ball but misses it. The ball rolls towards third man and the batsmen take two. A direct hit would have been interested.
1.3
0
F Ashraf to A Carey, Leg bye! Angles this into Carey, the batsman misses his flick and gets hit on the thigh pad. They steal a leg bye as the ball rolls to the on side.
1.2
0
F Ashraf to A Carey, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
1.1
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, Fuller in length, Finch plays it to the leg side for his first run.

Faheem Ashraf will share the new ball.

0.6
0
I Wasim to A Carey, Pays respect. Hits it back to the bowler. 20 off the first over. Great start for Australia.
0.5
4
I Wasim to A Carey, FOUR! Carey is taking on Imad. He didn't go for a boundary in the last match and now goes for 20 runs from his first 5 balls. Waits for this ball and sweeps it fine towards the deep backward square leg region for a boundary.
0.4
6
I Wasim to A Carey, SIX! Back-to-back sixes for Carey. He loses his balance but still manages to hit it all the way. Drags this slog from outside off, and it sails over the long on region for another maximum.
0.3
6
I Wasim to A Carey, SIX! HUGE! What a hit! Short ball on middle and leg, Carey rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a 82-meter hit.
0.2
4
I Wasim to A Carey, FOUR! Smart cricket. Gets into position early, sees the ball going away from him and then reverse sweeps it fine to the third man leg boundary.
0.1
0
I Wasim to A Carey, Darts this in line of the stumps, Carey plays it with a straight bat.

We are back for the run chase. Change in the batting order for Australia. Aaron Finch and Alex Carey have walked out to the middle. Imad Wasim to open the bowling for Pakistan.