Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Wasim & Azam anchor Pakistan to big win in 1st T20

Wasim & Azam anchor Pakistan to big win in 1st T20

Babar Azam carried on his fine form from the Abu Dhabi Test to the Twenty20s scoring an unbeaten 68, while left-arm spinner Imad Wasim picked three wickets as Pakistan thrashed Australia by 66 runs in the first of the three-match Twenty20 Internationals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The three-match series kicked off at Abu Dhabi, with its all-rounders, all itching to take on the opposition in the shortest format.

Australia's told was their joint third-lowest in T20Is, behind their 79 against England at Southampton in 2005 and 86 against India in 2014. A target of 196 was always going to be daunting for Pakistan and they lost their first wicket in the opening over of the chase to make matters worse. They were folded for 89 in reply to Pakistan's total of 155 losing an unbelievable six wickets in the power play with just 22 runs on the board. Had it not been for Hasan Ali's cameo 17 off 8 balls, Pakistan would not have even reached the 150 mark.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake.

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Since Sarfraz took over the captaincy, Pakistan have won 23 of the 27 matches they have played - a momentum the skipper wants to maintain.

"It was just carnage", Finch said.

Finch said the defeat was embarrasing.

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

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Each of Australia's top four batsmen were bowled and Chris Lynn (14) was the only member of the top six to reach double digits in a 66-run defeat in which Australia posted their equal third-lowest total in a T20 global.

Finch said changes had to be considered for Friday's second T20 in Dubai, which will also host the third and final game on Sunday. "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".

With a total of nine new faces in the squad, Finch would have been hoping that new cattle could have put an end to the top of the order wobbles, but that was anything but the case.

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