Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan take on Australia in second T20I today

Pakistan take on Australia in second T20I today

The match between Pakistan and Australia will start at 9pm Pakistan Standard Time.

The first match was won comfortably by the green shirts by a 66-run margin after setting the visitors 156 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Only twice have Australia scored fewer runs in a T20 global, making just 79 against England at Southampton in 2005 and 86 in a defeat by India at Dhaka four years ago.

"I think if you even look at the way he's holding his bat, it's very hard to hold it above the line with the bat sitting out of his gloves", he added. "It's not easy to win 10 series on the trot in the T20 format", said Sarfraz.

"I was confident of Shaheen bowling the last over, he may be inexperienced but he showed that he has the capacity to be abig bowler".

On the other hand, Australian captain Aaron Finch said the defeat was embarrassing. The same players should take the field as Short and Finch are expected to give a good start to the team with Chris Lynn coming out to bat next at number three. With those type of players we've got in the side, we don't expect that to happen again. And when Pakistan put the squeezeon you, it can get tough.

Finch's (3) struggle continued against Wasim before he holed out in the deep in Shadab's first over while attempting a desperate big shot before the legspinner had Mitchell Marsh caught behind.

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Maxwell had been dropped twice when he holed out to Shoaib Malik at mid off with Australia needing 16 to win from four balls. "They are No.1 for a reason".

Pakistan could have scored a bigger run had they not lost their momentum from the stage where they were 99 for the loss of a single wicket in 14th over and from thereon, fallen into losing 6 in 131 by the 19th over.

But the experience of Mohammad Hafeez and the exuberance of the young Azam seemed to work well for Pakistan as the duo stitched a timely 50-run stand.

The tourists' run chase was only resurrected by bowlers Ashton Agar (19) and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who scored 34, with the pair helping them avoid their lowest score in Twenty20 global cricket of 79 against England in 2005.

Pakistan's first-innings total was once more set up by Babar Azam and Hafeez, a 70-run partnership between the two taking Pakistan to 99 with six overs still to remain.

Coulter Nile was the best Australian bowler with 3-18 while Billy Stanlake took 2-36.

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