Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Imad stars as Pakistan thrash Australia

Imad stars as Pakistan thrash Australia

The green shirts lead the three-match series by 1-0.

Imad Wasim grabbed 3/20 on his return to worldwide cricket as Australia suffered a sensational batting collapse in their chase of 156 in the first T20I at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium 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.

Lynn's dismissal brought Coulter-Nile to the crease, and he and Agar steadied the ship until Agar nicked to Hasan Ali.

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Earlier, Pakistan were lifted by Azam and Mohammad Hafeez (39) as they added 73 for the second wicket in quick time.

Finch started the rot when he was clean-bowled by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim for a third-ball duck while leaning back into an attempted cut shot.

In a chase of 156, Australia slipped to 22/6 inside the Powerplay as Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf wreaked havoc, and it was only through a 38-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile that they were able to recover somewhat. "When you get out in the first over and don't get the start needed, that's not good enough". "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".

Opening partner D'Arcy Short played on to his stumps three balls later and Glenn Maxwell lasted just seven balls before being dismissed in dismal fashion, slashing at a delivery from paceman Faheem Ashraf which knocked over his middle stump.

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While talking about the tragic defeat, Finch said "That Powerplay was horrific...it was like a vehicle crash in slow motion", and added, "Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there".

Fast bowlers Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) were the main wicket-takers for Australia. "Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there".

Australia, who beat Pakistan in the group match of the tri-series, need to win 3-0 if they want to jump from their current third position to the top.

However, the 89-run grand total seems quite promising after the lost 6 wickets in just 22 runs at the beginning of the game.

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