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Pakistan Crushes Australia Big-Time In Opening Match of T20 Series 2018

Pakistan defeated Australia by 66 runs as opener Babar Azam scored an impressive 68 and Imad Wasim kicked off his return to international cricket with 3 solid wickets in the first match in T20 series in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Babar Azam scored five fours and a six in 55 ball innings taking Pakistan to 155-8. Wasim then took Australia down even further to the Aussies’ joint third lowest T20 score.

This win propelled Pakistan forward in the three match series. It also puts them at the top regardless of whether they lose the series after this. This has been their biggest T20 win against Australia yet. Australia has only scored fewer runs than this twice before in a T20 International.

This was left-arm spinner Imad Wasim’s first match for Pakistan since October 2017. In the very first over of their innings, he was pitted against not only Aaron Finch but also D’Arcy Short.

Medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf dug Australia a deeper hole as he defeated both Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynch.

Ben McDermott was then run out without scoring after which Imad Wasim returned to put Alex Carey to rest. This left Australia at a dismal 22-6.

Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 34 was Australia’s only saving grace which rescued them from falling to their lowest T20 total to date.

Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan both scored one wicket each with pace man Shaheen Shah Afridi finishing with 2-23.

Azam and Mohammad Hafeez scored 73 for the second wicket. Once Hafeez was dismissed in the 14th over, the team lost 6 wickets for a mere 28 runs. Sarfraz, Ashraf, and Wasim fell without scoring while Shadab made just one.

Azam then kept it all together with his 6th T20 half-century. Hasan expertly employed long handle to hit 2 boundaries and 6 in 17 off 8 balls. This added 41 in the last 5 overs.

Among the Australian bowlers, Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andre Tye (3-24) were the only ones with some solid success.

Parting Words from the Teams:

Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed praised his team by saying, “Our bowling attack is good, so we try to put some runs on the board and back ourselves to defend.” He went on to add that, “Babar Azam and Hafeez batted beautifully and when we bowl we always try to take wickets when we have the ball in our hands.”

Aaron Finch stated, “It’s pretty embarrassing, to be fair. I think we were a little bit one-dimensional while batting, but that’s a learning experience and I would say Pakistan have got a lot of variety in their bowling.”

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