Pakistan in Australia, 3 T20 International Series, 2019

Australia vs Pakistan - 2nd T20I

Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra

Date & Time: 05 November 2019

Australia 151/3

RR: 8.16 | Australia beat Pakistan by 7 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
David Warner bowled Mohammad Amir bowled Mohammad Amir 201140
Aaron Finch c Babar Azam (C) & b Mohammad Irfan c Babar Azam (C) & b Mohammad Irfan 171430
Steven Smith not out not out 8051111
Ben McDermott lbw Imad Wasim lbw Imad Wasim 212210
Ashton Turner not out not out 81500
Alex Carey
Ashton Agar
Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Kane Richardson
Adam Zampa
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 0, w 3, nb 2)
Total 151 (3 Wkts, 18.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
30-1 (David Warner,3), 48-2 (Aaron Finch,5.5), 106-3 (Ben McDermott,13),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mohammad Irfan4 0 27 1 6.75
Imad Wasim4 0 34 1 8.50
Mohammad Amir3.3 0 32 1 9.70
Shadab Khan4 0 25 0 6.25
Wahab Riaz3 0 33 0 11.00
Babar Azam 0 0 0 0 0
Fakhar Zaman 0 0 0 0 0
Haris Sohail 0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Rizwan 0 0 0 0 0
Asif Ali 0 0 0 0 0
Iftikhar Ahmed 0 0 0 0 0

So that is it from this game. Australia have taken the lead and will now look to wrap up the T20I series in Perth. Pakistan, on the other hand, have a few things to work upon and they would be eager to end their losing run in the final game of the series. The 3rd T20I will be played on 8th November, Friday. That match will begin at 1630 local (0830 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

Steven Smith is awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock. Says he is feeling good after playing that knock. Further adds that it was nice to get the team home. Smith credits the Australian bowlers about the way they bowled and restricted the Pakistani batsmen on a very good batting surface. Says that he always looks to get under the skin of the bowlers and also says that not everyone can do that.

Australian skipper, Aaron Finch says they are pleased and feels they were happy with their performance throughout the day. Adds that they kept picking wickets regularly and that was crucial as they knew how damaging Pakistan can be. On how happy he is with the group, Finch tells he is very happy as they all know their job and are fulfilling it. Tells he is happy to have guys like Steven Smith who are best at what they do. On what can be improved upon, Finch thinks they could work on their execution in the death overs and also feels the shots him and Warner played were not great either.

Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam tells that it was a disappointment but credits Steven Smith for the way he played. On the failure of the top order, Azam says that it is disappointing that they are failing to make the most of the Powerplay. Credits Iftikhar though for his innings. On playing in Australia, Babar says that he likes to come here and play as the wicket is a good one here.

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Earlier in the day, the Australia bowlers dominated the show till the 15th over. Only Azam fought a lone battle till then and when he got out, 130 seemed difficult. However, Iftikhar Ahmed played a top class knock, bringing up his first T20I fifty in quick time which took Pakistan to a competitive score but in the end, it was chased down easily.

The Pakistan bowling needed to be tight but there were just too many boundary balls bowled. Mohammad Amir though was exceptional, Irfan made a good comeback after a poor first over. Shadab too did well but Pakistan needed wickets from him when they are defending an average total. Wahab Riaz was probably disappointing today.

Chasing a total which was probably under par, Australia got off to a brisk start. However, they lost their openers in quick succession after that. The Smith and McDermott stand after that however, took Australia to the brink of victory. The two added 50-plus runs with Smith being the aggressor and Ben happy to play second fiddle. The latter was dismissed but the former Aussie skipper along with Turner took his team over the line with ease.

Another Steven Smith masterclass has taken Australia over the line and that too with relative ease! This guy is just something else, if there was any question about him being equally good in white ball cricket as compared to red ball cricket, just watch this innings by him. Exceptional, hitting boundaries at will, never looked in trouble and rotating strike as and when he wanted to do so. He accounted for more than half of the runs in this chase and had it not been for him, Australia could well have been on the losing side here.

M Amir to A Turner, Turner hits the winning runs! Courtesy of a misfield though. Fuller and outside off, Turner guides it towards point where the fielder does not stop it and a single is taken. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
M Amir to S Smith, Just a single now! Full and on the pads, this is flicked down to fine leg for one. SCORES LEVEL!
M Amir to S Smith, WIDE! This one is! Short but way too short. Smith looks to put bat on ball but misses.
M Amir to S Smith, Wide? Not given! Smith shuffles right across and this is bowled down the leg side. Smith looks to flick but misses.
W Riaz to S Smith, A slower one outside off, Smith opens the face of the bat and guides it through point to keep strike. Just the three needed now.
W Riaz to S Smith, FOUR! Just the four needed now! Smith is hitting boundaries at will here. Full and on off, Smith clears his front leg and lofts it over extra cover to bag another boundary.
W Riaz to S Smith, FOUR! Not sure Smith intended to play that there but he will take everything that comes his way. Shorter and on middle, Smith looks to upper cut it but it goes off top edge and down to the fine leg fence.
W Riaz to S Smith, Fuller and on middle, this is hit down the ground towards long off for two.
W Riaz to S Smith, A slower short one outside off, Smith looks to guide it down to third man but misses.
W Riaz to A Turner, Turner was gone for all money there! Full and on off, Turner jams it out beside the pitch and takes off. Sohail from covers gets to the ball, picks it up and has a shy at the non-striker's end from close range but misses.

Wahab Riaz is back now!

M Amir to S Smith, FOUR! Make that three in the over. Amir bowls one back of a length and outside off, Smith throws the kitchen sink at it as he slashes hard. The ball races to the deep point fence for a boundary. 15 runs needed off 18 deliveries.
M Amir to S Smith, FOUR! Second one of the over. Smith is enjoying his batting. Amir bowls one on a length and outside off, Smith creams the drive through covers for a boundary.
M Amir to S Smith, WIDE! Amir bowls a bumper and Smith looks to upper cut it but misses it. The square leg umpire signals wide for height.
M Amir to S Smith, FOUR! Pressure releaser. Amir goes full once again and Smith hits him down the ground and the ball races to the fence just like the arrow from the bow.
M Amir to A Turner, Fuller one outside off once again. Turner squeezes it to covers for a single.
M Amir to A Turner, Full and wide outside off, Turner fails to lay bat on ball.
M Amir to S Smith, A low full toss outside off, Smith drives it through covers for a single.

Mohammad Amir comes back on. 30 needed off the last 4. Babar Azam wants his strike bowler to do some magic here. Can he produce something? 2-14-0-1 are his figures so far.

S Khan to S Smith, Smith retains strike as he works the last ball of Shadab's spell through mid-wicket. Another good over by Shadab, 4 from it. He's wicketless today but has only gone for 25 runs in his 4. 30 needed in 24 balls.
S Khan to A Turner, On the stumps, this is swept through square leg for a single.
S Khan to A Turner, Flatter and on off, this is pushed towards mid off where the cover fielder runs across, dives and stops it. Saves a run for his side.
S Khan to A Turner, On middle, defended.
S Khan to A Turner, How has that missed the off pole? Shadab gives it a nice loop and lands it on off, Turner looks to flick but is beaten by the dip. He misses, the ball pitches sand turns away. Just misses the off pole.
S Khan to A Turner, Turner plays the paddle sweep towards fine leg and takes an easy two.
M Irfan to A Turner, Good fielding! Shorter and on off, Turner drags it wide of the fielder at mid on who dives to his right and stops it. Single taken.
M Irfan to A Turner, On a length and outside off, it is left alone nicely.
M Irfan to S Smith, Outside off, Smith pushes it through covers for one.
M Irfan to S Smith, Very full from around the wicket, Smith strokes it to mid off.
M Irfan to S Smith, Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for two.
M Irfan to S Smith, FOUR! Fifty for Smith. This is his 4th in this format and he brings it up in style. This guy is something else, any format, he is always amongst the runs. Irfan bowls this full and around off, Smith picks his spot early and whips it through the vacant mid-wicket region for a boundary.

Mohammad Irfan is back on. 3-0-19-1, his figures so far.

S Khan to A Turner, Another dot to end a good over by Shadab. Much-needed for Pakistan. The googly on off, Turner pushes it back to the bowler. 42 needed in 36.
S Khan to A Turner, BEATEN! Quicker again and on off, it pitches and spins away. Turner lunges forward to defend but the ball beats the outside edge.
S Khan to A Turner, Well bowled! Flatter and on off, it turns away. Turner looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point.
S Khan to S Smith, Loopy ball on off, this is eased through covers for another single.
S Khan to A Turner, Turner is off the mark as he pushes it through covers.
S Khan to S Smith, Shorter and on middle, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Ashton Turner walks out to bat. Also, Shadab Khan is back on.

I Wasim to Ben McDermott, OUT! LBW! Yes, Pakistan have got one against the run of play. They needed this to stem the run flow. Imad Wasim tosses one up on off and Ben McDermott lines himself up for a sweep. But he misses it and gets rapped on the pads. The Pakistan players go up in appeal and the umpire, after taking some time, raises his finger. Ben immediately signals the 'T' though. Replays roll in and Imad is fine with his foot there. Hot Spot comes in and there is no bat involved as the ball goes past the bat. The Snicko comes in and confirms that the line is flat as the ball goes past the bat. But now, the main reason. The third umpire asks for the Ball Tracker but it isn't there! Oh dear... this is not the first time that we are seeing this. It happened recently too. Now, due to the unavailability of the Ball Tracker, the third umpire does not have enough evidence to overturn the call. So, the on field decision stays as it is and Ben McDermott has to walk off. Was the impact in line? Or would it have been umpire's call? Seems tricky on the replays. But, for the scorecards, the third wicket is gone. From Australia's point of view, they have their review intact. 45 needed from 42. Still hope for Pakistan?

Have Pakistan finally got a breakthrough? The umpire has raised his finger to adjudge McDermott out LBW. He has reviewed.