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

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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.

18.3
1
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!
18.2
1
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!
18.2
0
M Amir to S Smith, WIDE! This one is! Short but way too short. Smith looks to put bat on ball but misses.
18.1
0
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.
17.6
1
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.
17.5
4
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.
17.4
4
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.
17.3
2
W Riaz to S Smith, Fuller and on middle, this is hit down the ground towards long off for two.
17.2
0
W Riaz to S Smith, A slower short one outside off, Smith looks to guide it down to third man but misses.
17.1
1
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!

16.6
4
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.
16.5
4
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.
16.5
0
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.
16.4
4
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.
16.3
1
M Amir to A Turner, Fuller one outside off once again. Turner squeezes it to covers for a single.
16.2
0
M Amir to A Turner, Full and wide outside off, Turner fails to lay bat on ball.
16.1
1
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.

15.6
1
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.
15.5
1
S Khan to A Turner, On the stumps, this is swept through square leg for a single.
15.4
0
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.
15.3
0
S Khan to A Turner, On middle, defended.
15.2
0
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.
15.1
2
S Khan to A Turner, Turner plays the paddle sweep towards fine leg and takes an easy two.
14.6
1
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.
14.5
0
M Irfan to A Turner, On a length and outside off, it is left alone nicely.
14.4
1
M Irfan to S Smith, Outside off, Smith pushes it through covers for one.
14.3
0
M Irfan to S Smith, Very full from around the wicket, Smith strokes it to mid off.
14.2
2
M Irfan to S Smith, Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for two.
14.1
4
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.

13.6
0
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.
13.5
0
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.
13.4
0
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.
13.3
1
S Khan to S Smith, Loopy ball on off, this is eased through covers for another single.
13.2
1
S Khan to A Turner, Turner is off the mark as he pushes it through covers.
13.1
1
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.

12.6
0
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.

12.5
1
I Wasim to S Smith, Smith punches this floated ball outside off to the off side for a single.
12.4
1
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, Floated on off, Ben drives it through mid on for a single.
12.3
0
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, Ben defends it to the off side.
12.2
2
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, Tossed up around middle, McDermott flicks it to the leg side and takes off for a run. Smith after completing the first run clls for the second and the batsmen take it with ease.
12.1
1
I Wasim to S Smith, Tossed up on middle, Smith flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
11.6
2
W Riaz to Ben McDermott, NOT OUT! Once again the dive saves him. Shorter and on middle, this is pulled wide of deep square leg. They take one and think of a second, they hesitate but go for it. The throw comes in to the keeper. He collects it and whips the bails off. An appeal and up goes the umpire. Replays roll in and it shows, Ben is well in.

An appeal for a run out has been taken upstairs! No excitement in the Pakistan camp though.

11.5
1
W Riaz to S Smith, A slower bumper on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one more.
11.4
1
W Riaz to Ben McDermott, Nailed but only for one! Goes short again does Wahab. Ben pulls it through square leg for one. 50-run stand up between the two. Important one as they had lost two quickly when the two joined association. Probably this is a match-winning stand here.
11.3
2
W Riaz to Ben McDermott, Crunched! Shorter and outside off, Ben slaps it through covers and takes two.
11.2
0
W Riaz to Ben McDermott, On the pads, Ben looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
11.1
4
W Riaz to Ben McDermott, FOUR! Riaz is leaking runs! Just the 56 needed now in 53. Shorter and around off, Ben McDermott plays it late. He gets it through backward point and it races away to the fence.
10.6
1
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, Ben McDermott retains the strike with a single. Wasim tosses one up on middle, Ben works it to the leg side to get to the other end.
10.5
0
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, McDermott defends this tossed up ball off his back foot.
10.4
1
I Wasim to S Smith, Floated outside off, Smith drives it through covers for a run.
10.3
1
I Wasim to Ben McDermott,McDermott slogs this fuller one on middle towards deep square leg and gets to the other end.
10.2
1
I Wasim to S Smith, Tossed up on the pads, Smith works it to the leg side for a single.
10.1
1
I Wasim to Ben McDermott, Tossed up around off, Ben works it to mid-wicket for a single.
9.6
1
W Riaz to Ben McDermott, Direct hit! An appeal for a run out has been taken upstairs. McDermott is the man in question. NOT OUT! The dive has saved Ben. This is fuller and on off, Ben strokes it to mid off and takes off. Azam picks the ball up and hits bull's eye at the non-striker's end. The umpire takes it upstairs but replays show that the batter is fine. End of a long and an expensive over.

Imad Wasim is back! 2-0-24-0, his figures so far.

9.5
1
W Riaz to S Smith, Shorter and outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.
9.4
1
W Riaz to Ben McDermott, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
9.3
0
W Riaz to Ben McDermott, Shorter and on off, this is kept out.
9.2
1
W Riaz to S Smith, Just a single this time! Shorter and on the body, this is worked through square leg for one.
9.2
4
W Riaz to S Smith, NO BALL AND FOUR! This is not good from Riaz. His team needed him to bowl a good over here but he has given away 7 off just one ball. A high full toss outside off, Smith drags it over mid on and bags another boundary. Another Free Hit coming up.
9.2
0
W Riaz to S Smith, Free Hit continues as it is a wide! A slower bumper, Smith watches it go over and it has been wided.
9.2
0
W Riaz to S Smith, Free Hit time! Riaz has overstepped! This is on middle, Smith works it to mid-wicket. Close call that, could have gone either way.

FREE HIT!

9.1
0
W Riaz to S Smith, Just short! Excellent stop in the end! Shorter again and around off, Smith plays it late towards point where Shadab dives to his left and stops it.

Wahab Riaz comes on to bowl now. He has fond memories of bowling in Australia.

8.6
1
S Khan to S Smith, A single to end one more productive over for Australia. Shorter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one. 76 needed in 66.
8.5
1
S Khan to Ben McDermott, The paddle sweep now, it is hit down towards fine leg for one.
8.4
1
S Khan to S Smith, On middle, Smith looks to work it on the leg side but the ball turns away. It goes off the leading edge towards point for one.
8.3
4
S Khan to S Smith, FOUR! Smith is dealing in boundaries here! This is floated up on off, Smith plays it with the turn, over covers beautifully and bags another boundary.
8.2
1
S Khan to Ben McDermott, A single in the end! Slower through the air on off, BM pushes at it. It goes uppishly but wide of cover. Imam dives to his right and makes a half stop. A single taken.
8.1
1
S Khan to S Smith, Flatter and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
7.6
0
M Irfan to Ben McDermott, A dot to end a good over for Australia. On middle, it is kept out.
7.5
1
M Irfan to S Smith, A single now! Good sensible batting! Shorter and on the body, this is nudged towards fine leg for one.
7.4
4
M Irfan to S Smith, FOUR! Over the top! Second boundary in the over. Shorter again and outside off, Smith slashes. It goes uppishly over the leaping point fielder for a boundary.
7.3
0
M Irfan to S Smith, Closer to the body this time, the length is almost the same. Smith guides it to point.
7.2
4
M Irfan to S Smith, FOUR! Very clever shot! Such a class act this guy is. Shorter and outside off, Smith plays the upper cut and hits it fine to the third man fence.
7.1
0
M Irfan to S Smith, That zipped through! Back of a length delivery just outside off, Smith looks to push it through the off side but is beaten. Irfan has his tail up now.
6.6
1
S Khan to S Smith, A single to end the over. Smith works this tossed up ball off his pads to mid-wicket to retain the strike.
6.5
4
S Khan to S Smith, FOUR! Smudge is never out of the game. Shadab Khan gives this one more air and keeps it on middle, Smith comes down the track and lofts it handsomely over the bowler for a boundary at long off.
6.4
1
S Khan to Ben McDermott, McDermott drives this tossed up ball on middle through mid on for one.
6.3
1
S Khan to S Smith, Once again a floater on the pads, Smith flicks it to the leg side for a single.
6.2
1
S Khan to Ben McDermott, Floated around off, McDermott pushes it to get to the other side.
6.1
1
S Khan to S Smith, Tossed up on middle, Smith works it to mid-wicket for a single.

Leg spinner, Shadab Khan is on now.

5.6
0
M Irfan to Ben McDermott, Shorter and on off, it is kept out. Top class over by Irfan. Also, Pakistan have made an excellent comeback in the first 6. Match evenly poised. Australia are 48 for 2 after the Powerplay.

Ben McDermott walks out at number 4.

5.5
0
M Irfan to A Finch, OUT! In the air... taken! Huge, huge wicket and now both the openers are back in the hut. This wicket is a morale booster for Irfan. He has only been smacked around since the time he has made his comeback by Finch but the big man has got him. This is slightly fuller, it seems to be another slower ball. Sticks in the surface again. Finch wants to go big but ends up slicing it towards mid off where Azam takes a catch to dismiss his counterpart. Pakistan now back into the game. 103 needed in 85.
5.4
0
M Irfan to A Finch, Good delivery! It is a slower bumper, comes slow off the surface. Finch is early in the pull and gets beaten.
5.3
1
M Irfan to S Smith, One more short one! This is pulled through square leg for a single.
5.2
0
M Irfan to S Smith, Edged and taken! Or is it? There surely was a noise. Not sure of what. Short and outside off, Smith looks to cut again, there is some noise as the ball passes the bat but no appeal from Pakistan. Snicko shows nothing on it.
5.1
0
M Irfan to S Smith, Way too short and outside off, Smith looks to cut but misses.

Mohammad Irfan is back on! 9 came off his first.

4.6
1
M Amir to S Smith, A good nut to end! A yorker on middle, Smith jams it out towards mid-wicket for one.
4.5
6
M Amir to S Smith, SIX! Just over! Smith would have had his heart in his mouth for a moment. Shorter again and on middle, Smith looks to whip it but does not get it off the middle. It still clears the backward square leg fence. There was a fielder there but it goes over him. Just I should say.
4.4
1
M Amir to A Finch, Direct hit and it would have been close! Shorter and on off, Finch pushes it straight to covers and takes off. The fielder picks the ball up and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Would have been touch and go.
4.3
1
M Amir to S Smith, Aggressive shot from Smith! A slower one around off, Smith looks to heave it but it goes off the inner half and through backward square leg for one.
4.2
0
M Amir to S Smith, Slightly shorter and it hurries onto the batter, Smith is a touch late into the pull and it goes to mid on.
4.1
0
M Amir to S Smith, Back of a length around off, Smith defends it onto the ground.
3.6
4
I Wasim to A Finch, FOUR! Finch is timing the ball exquisitely. He is dealing in boundaries. Imad goes short and just wide outside off, Finch stands back and punches the drive through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
3.5
1
I Wasim to S Smith, Tossed up on the pads, Smith works it to the leg side for a single.
3.4
1
I Wasim to A Finch, Floated on pads, Finch pushes it to mid on for a single.
3.3
0
I Wasim to A Finch,Flatter on off, Finch defends it to the off side.
3.2
1
I Wasim to S Smith, Tossed up on middle, Smith pushes it to long on for a single. Smith is off the mark here.
3.1
1
I Wasim to A Finch, Tossed up on off, Finch pushes it to mid on for a single.

Steven Smith walks out at number 3.

2.6
0
M Amir to D Warner, OUT! TIMBER! A huge roar by Mohammad Amir and a much, much-needed wicket for Pakistan. Warner maybe got carried away with the flurry of boundaries. He looks to hit another one. Probably the wrong option as he could have taken a sighter against Pakistan's best bowler. DW makes room, Amir bowls it full and fast on the stumps. Warner looks to go over covers but misses and the stumps behind are hit. Pakistan now have a chance to pull things back a little. 121 needed in 102 balls. An excellent over by Amir first up.
2.5
1
M Amir to A Finch, A quick run! On middle, Finch drops it towards the off side and takes one.
2.4
0
M Amir to A Finch, One more length delivery around off, Finch guides it to point.
2.3
4
M Amir to A Finch, FOUR! Width on offer and once again Finch puts it away. Way too short and way too wide. Finch says thank you very much as he cuts it through point for a boundary.
2.2
0
M Amir to A Finch, A yorker now outside off, Finch looks to jam it out but is late in bringing his bat down.
2.1
0
M Amir to A Finch, Good length around off, it shapes back in a little. Finch pushes it to mid off.

Just a solitary over for Mohammad Irfan. Mohammad Amir replaces him. A lot depends on his performance if Pakistan are to win this one.

1.6
4
I Wasim to D Warner, EDGY FOUR! The boundaries are flowing here. This a little fortunate but Australia won't mind. This is flatter and on off, Warner looks to defend but there is extra bounce. It goes off the top edge and through the vacant first slip region and into the third man fence. 16 from the over, not a good start by Imad too.
1.5
4
I Wasim to D Warner, FOUR! On the leg side now! This is excellent hitting. With the angle again. Fuller and on middle, Warner whips it over mid-wicket and bags another boundary.
1.4
0
I Wasim to D Warner, Imad cramps Warner for room this time by firing it on the pads, Warner looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
1.3
4
I Wasim to D Warner, FOUR! All along the ground this time! Warner makes room and Imad fires it shorter and on off, Warner slaps it through covers and bags another boundary. Excellent start for the Aussies.
1.2
4
I Wasim to D Warner, FOUR! Up and over! Good shot, minimal risk as it is with the angle. Floats it up outside off, Warner makes room and lofts it over covers for a boundary.
1.1
0
I Wasim to D Warner, On the pads to begin with, Warner works it to mid-wicket.

Imad Wasim to partner Irfan from the other end.

0.6
4
M Irfan to A Finch, FOUR! A boundary to end the first over! An expensive one for the visitors. Short and wide outside off, too easy for Finch, he slaps it through cover-point for a boundary.
0.5
1
M Irfan to D Warner, One more single! Shortish again and on middle, this is worked on the leg side for a single.
0.4
2
M Irfan to D Warner, Excellent running! This is shorter and on off, Warner cuts it towards point. The fielder there dives to his left and makes a half stop. The cover-point fielder also dives and pushes it a little away. Two taken.
0.3
0
M Irfan to D Warner, A slower short ball on middle, sticks in the surface. Warner is way too early in the pull. It hits his arm and then goes on the bounce to the keeper.
0.2
1
M Irfan to A Finch, Nicely played! Shorter in length and on off, Finch gets on top of the bounce and guides it between point and gully, down towards third man for one. The skipper is off the mark.
0.1
1
M Irfan to D Warner, Australia are underway! This is on middle, Warner looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket and the batters cross for a quick run.

Welcome back for the chase. The Pakistan players are out on the field are taking their respective positions. Australian skipper, Aaron Finch walks out with David Warner to open the innings. Mohammad Irfan to start with the ball for Pakistan.