Australia collapse hands Pakistan first T20I

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Both sides suffered batting collapses in the first T20I between Pakistan and Australia but it would be the former who came out on top in Abu Dhabi.

Australia won the toss an put Pakistan in to bat. Fakhar Zaman (14) and Babar Azam got Pakistan off to a good start though racing to 32 in four overs. Fakhar played a loose shot to Billy Stanlake at the beginning of the fifth though to present the tourists with a breakthrough.

Babar would be the glue that held Pakistan’s innings together and he would add 73 with Mohammad Hafeez for the second wicket. When Hafeez fell for 39 it prompted a collapse from Pakistan. They would slip from 105 for one to 110 for 3 and then from 130 for 3 to 133 for 8 in a breathtaking pair of implosions.

But Babar (68*) held on through it all and together with Hasan Ali (17*) would get Pakistan past 150 and up to 155 for 8 in their twenty overs.

In response Australia’s chase never got off the ground. Imad Wasim struck twice in the very first over and they would not recover. Openers Aaron Finch and Darcy Short were both bowled by the left-armer to take the wind out of Australia’s sails early.

In the fourth over of the chase Faheem Ashraf accounted for Glenn Maxwell (2) in the fourth over, the batsman showing all his stumps to the seamer who dutifully disrupted them and when Ben McDermott was run out later in the over Australia were 16 for 4.

The wickets of Alex Carey (1) and Chris Lynn (14) just about confirmed the result before the end of the powerplay.

The 38-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ashton Agar (19) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (31) was Australia’s best but couldn’t stop Pakistan bowling Australia out for 89.

Pakistan have now bowled sides out 29 times in T20I cricket, more than any other team.

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