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Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd T20I, Highlights: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | October 27, 2018, 1:44 AM IST

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PAK vs AUS Cricket Scorecard (T20)

2nd T20I T20, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 26 October, 2018

Pakistan

147/6

(20.0) RR 7.35

v/s
Australia

136/8

(20.0) RR 6.8

Pakistan beat Australia by 11 runs
Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd T20I, Highlights: As it Happened

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After being handed a proper hiding at the hands of Pakistan in the first Twenty20 International, Australia will need to make a quick turnaround and find a way to keep the series alive when they face the opposition in the second T20I at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Pakistan - No.1 on the ICC rankings - played to their potential as the visitors, chasing 156 for a win were shot out for a mere 89 in 16.5 overs. It was a clinical effort from the bowlers, in particular Imad Wasim, who on his return to international cricket after more than a year rattled the Australian top-order to return figures of 3/20 in his four-over spell. None of Australia's top six batsmen even managed to cross 14.

The visitors lost their first six wickets inside the Powerplay which the Australian captain Aaron Finch called "a car crash in slow motion."

"That Powerplay was horrific...it was like a car crash in slow motion," Finch said at the post-match press conference. "Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there.

"I take full responsibility for that. I think any time that you're chasing a total like that it's important you have a solid start and for me to get out in the first over and not give us that was not good enough."

It was not just spin that brought about Australia's undoing. Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi picked up two wickets each while Haasan Ali too chipped in with the key wicket of Ashton Agar, the second-highest scorer of the innings.

Australia have just a day to rectify the loopholes that were so glaringly visible in the first T20I. They might be tempted to bring in Mitchell Marsh, who was rested for the opening game to bring some solidity to the middle-order, but a lack of batting options might not allow them much of a shuffle.

Their bowling stood out though, with Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye picking up six wickets between them to restrict Pakistan after the hosts had gotten off to a flyer. Spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa were good too and they will hope for a similar show come the second T20I.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have fewer problems to think about with the ball but batting still remains an issue. After Babar Azam (68*) and Mohammad Hafeez (39) had stitched together a 73-run stand for the second wicket, taking the total past the 100-run mark, the hosts lost their way. From 105/1 they were reduced to 133/8 in the space of 26 balls with six of their batsmen not even managing to cross double-digits.

The likes of Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf and Sarfraz Ahmed will want to pitch in a bit more in the coming games especially if the top-order fails to fire. Azam, ranked fifth on the ICC charts, was brilliant yet again showing his class with a crucial half-century in trying conditions and will hope to do more of the same in Dubai as well.

The conditions in Dubai for Friday are expected to be hot and dry. There will be some turn on offer for the spinners but owing to the variable bounce on the surface, the pacers will enjoy their time as well.

Squads

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Asif Ali, Hassan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Waqas Maqsood, Usman Khan Shinwari, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Darcy Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
6
BAN
6 2 3 1 5 -0.40
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
6 0 6 0 0 -1.71

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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