International Cricket: 1st T20I Match in Abu Dhabi: Pakistan v Australia 1st Innings Write-Up


Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam first helped Pakistan reach 32 in just four overs.

F. Zaman tried to pull it past the rope for six.

But Billy Stanlake bowled the extra bounce & perfect length that saw Zaman whacked straight to Nathan Coulter-Nile’s hands.

Mohammad Hafeez quickly made up lost time from Zaman’s lead of 39.

But he couldn’t find the rope at long off with the catch from Ben McDermott.

That makes up D’Arcy Short’s first wicket.

Not long later, Azam steered to his 50 as Pakistan 110-2 in 14 overs.

Adam Zampa picked up his first scalp on Bilal Asif as Pakistan lose their third wicket.

Hussain Talat looked to whack straight into the boundary.

But he couldn’t find the rope as Aaron Finch takes the catch for Andrew Tye’s first scalp.

It didn’t take long for Tye to pick up his 2nd wicket when Fazeem hits too early going to Glenn Maxwell at extra cover.

Billy Stanlake captured Sarfraz Ahmed’s LBW when the ball hit just above his knee roll.

And it proved evident when it knicked just above leg stump.

Shadab Khan became Stanlake’s 2nd victim when he tried to hit up high before Ben McDermott took the catch at fine leg.

Imad Wasim attempted to cut through mid-wicket.

But again, that shot went too early as Aaron Finch easily caught him at extra cover.

Hasan Ali blasted three straight boundaries in the 19th over to end Pakistan’s run chase on 8-155.

Australia will need 156 runs to win in 20 overs or 120 balls.

Also, they will need to meet a required run rate of 7.80 runs per over

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