Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Australia Pummel Pakistan to Claim T20I Series 2-0

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Cary Erickson | 10 November, 2019, 13:10

Earlier, pacers Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc and Sean Abott led the way as Australia dismantled the Pakistani batting lineup. Despite the poor run, which included an embarrassing 3-0 home series defeat to an under-strength Sri Lanka that cost Sarfaraz Ahmed the captaincy, it remains No. 1 in the rankings. Warner and Finch closed down the chase in just 11.5 overs to complete their fifth win in six T20Is - the first T20I of the series was washed out. Warner and Finch were not out at 48 and 52 runs respectively.

Cricket Australia's EGM of National Teams Ben Oliver threw his support behind the 27-year-old.

Steve Smith was named player of the series for his masterful unbeaten 80 in Canberra. "Each time we turn up at training, we are improving ourselves and that is very important", said captain Finch. He has played three Tests for Australia, the last against Pakistan at the MCG in 2016. Australia were also ahead in the first match of the series before it was called off due to rain.

The man nicknamed Mr Cricket also reminded the Men in Green of the "talented and exciting players" in their ranks.

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"We talk about playing a high-energy, high-octane style of play in white-ball cricket, fast between the wickets, agile in the field, good throwing, and he provides all that. We have learnt a lot from this series and we'll take the positives and come back hard in the next series", said skipper Babar Azam.

Starc's next ball was a ripsnorter - an inswinger on a good length which went straight through Rizwan's defences and cannoned into leg stump.

Sean Abbott, playing his first global match since bowling a bouncer which fatally struck New South Wales batsman Phillip Hughes in 2014, bowled economically (2-14) and was heartily embraced by his team mates when he induced a top edge from opener Imam-ul-Haq (14).

Haris Sohail again failed, mis-timing a shot out off spinner Ashton Agar to leave the visitors struggling at 59 for four at the halfway mark.