Australia concede Twenty20 series to Pakistan with second consecutive loss
Twenty20 Australia concede Twenty20 series to Pakistan with second consecutive loss
- Pakistan 147-6; Australia 136-8 | Pakistan win by 11 runs
- Maxwell hits unbeaten half-century amid top-order failure
Pakistan have sealed victory in their T20 series against Australia with another comfortable win in Dubai.
Although it was not quite as one-sided as Wednesdayâs opening 66-run victory in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan always looked in control after posting Australia a target of 148, eventually winning by 11 runs as Australia reached 136 for eight.
Australia were quickly reduced to 19 for two and then 31 for three in reply as the top order of DâArcy Short (two), Chris Lynn (seven) and Aaron Finch (three) went cheaply, and though Glenn Maxwell hit an unbeaten half-century, the damage was already done.
Pakistan had batted with authority as opener Babar Azam (45) and Mohammed Hafeez (40) put on 70 for the second wicket, taking the hosts to 99 before Hafeez was caught at deep square leg by Short off Billy Stanlake.Aaron Finch bemoans 'horrific' Australia collapse in T20 defeat to Pakistan Read more
Azam soon followed, caught by Finch on the boundary as he looked to hit Short for six, but Faheem Ashrafâs contribution of 17 off 10 balls, kept the sc oreboard ticking over until it reached 147 for six at the end of 20 overs.
And Australiaâs hopes of reaching their target suffered several early blows. Short was unlucky to be run out in only the third over as Imad Wasim was able to deflect a straight drive on to the non-strikerâs stumps, while an acrobatic catch from Shadab Khan sent Lynn back with the score on 19.
Finch had managed just three runs off 10 balls before he holed out off Shadab, leaving Australia way behind the required run rate.
The final match of the series will be played on Sunday.
Maxwell expressed hoped that his fighting half-century in the game would kick off a long run of scores as he prepares for a big summer across multiple formats.
It was a well-timed knock for Maxwell who fell cheaply in the T20 series-opener.
Maxwell was controversially left out of the Test squad that faced Pakistan in the UAE and was denied the chance to audition in the preceding Australia A t our of India.
The 30-year-old is a strong contender to be picked for next monthâs home ODI series against South Africa and will be looking to build an irresistible case for Test selection as national selectors ponder how best to repair a depleted batting order.Australia coast past Pakistan in first women's T20 international Read more
âIt was nice to get some reward for a lot of hard work behind the scenes,â Maxwell said. âIâve had probably a bit of a disjointed start to the summer and been thrown around in a few different conditions. Hopefully itâs the start of a long run of scores.â
Meanwhile, Shaun Marsh, who arrived home from Australiaâs tough Test tour of the United Arab Emirates, has enjoyed spending time back in the middle during Western Australiaâs first Sheffield Shield innings against Tasmania.
Marsh struggled against Pakistan in the UAE with just 14 runs in four innings and going back further, heâs averag ing just 13.4 in Tests for Australia in his last 12 innings since making 156 in the Ashes against England in January.
But he took the chance to clear his mind when first arriving home with some downtime and was feeling good coming to the crease in WAâs first innings against Tasmania at the WACA Ground.
The 35-year-old scored a pleasant on the eye 80 from 140 deliveries with 17 boundaries â" a combination of glorious straight and cover drives, and back foot cut shots.
Marsh deserved to be happy with his innings when under pressure to hold his spot in the Test team ahead of the home series beginning against India on 6 December in Adelaide.
âI felt good after a few days off when I got home and I felt really good in the nets leading up to this game,â Marsh said.Topics
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