Pakistan seal T20I series sweep against Australia


Babar Azam struck a half-century and legspinner Shadab Khan claimed three wickets as Pakistan secured a 3-0 T20I series whitewash over Australia with a 33-run victory in Dubai on Sunday.

Azam’s 40-ball 50 lifted Pakistan to another challenging total of 150 for five before Shadab’s 3-19 helped bowl Australia out for 117 in 19.1 overs.

Pakistan the world-number-one ranked team in the shortest format of the game, were already 2-0 up after a convincing victory in teh first match and then an 11-run success in the seond.

Australia’s batting attack never recovered from being bowled out for 89 in the first game.

Only Mitchell Marsh (21), Ben McDermott (21) and Alex Carey (20) looked like getting big scores on Sunday against a disciplined Pakistan bowling attack.

Carey, promoted to open the innings, smashed two fours and two sixes in Imad Wasim’s first over of the innings but they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Skipper Aaron Finch failed yet again, scoring only one while Chris Lynn (15) and Glenn Maxwell (four) also inflicted little damage as seamer Hasan Ali finished with 2-14.

Earlier, Azam scored his second fifty of the series after the hosts had won the toss and batted.

Azam and Sahibzada Farhan gave Pakistan an excellent start in 12.5 overs, but Pakistan could not capitalise on that start.

Farhan, dismissed for a first-ball duck in his only previous match against Australia in Harare in July, hit a 38-ball 39.

But after the openers, only Mohammad Hafeez managed to score freely during his 20-ball 32 not out.

Shoaib Malik scored 18 and became the second highest run scorer in T20I history, passing New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum.

Pakistan next play New Zealand in three Twenty20 internationals, three ODIs and three tests, starting with the first T20I set for Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.