Youthful Pakistan crush Australia by 66 runs in first T20

Which team will take home the biscuit? Pic PCBMore

Which team will take home the biscuit? Pic PCBMore

Pakistan face Australia in the first match of the three-match T20 series in a bid to defend their world number one ranking starting Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

The win gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and also their biggest T20 victory over Australia, improving upon the 45-run win they achieved in Harare in July. Some gritty batting from Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) and Ashton Agar (19) ensured Australia avoided further humiliation but they could hang on and Pakistan bowled Australia out for 89 to register a crushing win. Faheem Ashraf (2/10) and Shaheen Afridi (2/23) shared four wickets between them.

Left-arm spinner Wasim, playing his first match for Pakistan since October past year, bowled both Australian openers, Aaron Finch (nought) and D Arcy Short (four), in the first over of their innings.

Put into bat, Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman in the fifth over after he edged it to Nathan Coulter-Nile at short cover off Billy Stanlake.

During the run-chase, the Australian batsmen could not gain the momentum they needed as they kept losing wickets at regular wickets.

"That Powerplay was was like a auto crash in slow motion", Finch said.

Sarfraz Ahmed also praised an allround performance.

"That Powerplay was was like a auto crash in slow motion", Finch said at the post-match press conference". Not too many batsmen had a chance after a lengthy 73-run partnership between Azam and Mohammad Hafeez for the second wicket, but a eight-ball 17 not out cameo by Hasan Ali in the end gave Pakistan late impetus.

Wasim, known for his exploits with the new ball in Twenty20s, struck in the first over by clean bowling both captain Aaron Finch and Short before having Alex Carey caught behind.

His batting lineup, without the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, was arguably their strongest available with Finch, D'Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell and Lynn providing some power hitting at the top of the order.

The second match of the three-game series will be played in Dubai on October 26.

Pace duo Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) did the bulk of the damage, with Stanlake using his pace and height to devastating effect.

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