Australia 117 for 1 (Finch 68*) beat Pakistan 116 (Shadab 29, Stanlake 4-8, Tye 3-38) by nine wickets

HARARE: Australia beat Pakistan by 9 wickets in the second T20 match of the tri-series underway in Zimbabwe on Monday, ending the Green Shirts’ eight-match winning streak in the shortest format of the game.

Final Results : Australia 117 for 1 (Finch 68*) beat Pakistan 116 (Shadab 29, Stanlake 4-8, Tye 3-38) by nine wickets

 

HARARE: Australia beat Pakistan by 9 wickets in the second T20 match of the tri-series underway in Zimbabwe on Monday, ending the Green Shirts’ eight-match winning streak in the shortest format of the game.

Billy Stanlake was simply unstoppable and unplayable in the opening match at the Harare Sports Club. He delivered Australia’s most economical figures ever and the second-best figures overall in a remarkable display of pace, bounce and accuracy. He claimed 4-8 from his four overs, combining with Aaron Finch at first slip for a trio of scalps and Alex Carey for one, dealing exclusively behind the wicket. His 24 balls delivered 18 dot balls in one of the best bowling displays T20 International cricket has ever seen.

Opening the bowling from the City End and extracting fearsome pace and bounce from the surface, Stanlake had Mohammad Hafeez fending the ball to Australia captain Aaron Finch at first slip with his third delivery.

Finch was back in the action two overs later, running from first slip to gully to take a stunning catch to remove Hussain Talat.

A rising leg stump delivery had Fakhar Zaman caught by wicketkeeper Alex Carey, and when Sarfraz Ahmed presented a regulation chance to Finch at slip, Stanlake had his fourth and Pakistan were 24 for 4.

Shoaib Malik, who became the first male cricketer to play 100 T20Is in the match, briefly rallied alongside Asif Ali before a horrible mix-up led his run out for 13.

With Pakistan teetering at 47 for 5, Ali counter-attacked and launched a length delivery from medium pacer Marcus Stoinis clean out of the ground for six.

However, Stoinis soon had his revenge, bowling Ali for 22 as Pakistan slipped to 61 for 6.

It was then left to Pakistan’s lower order to guide the team beyond 100.

Faheem Ashraf managed 21 before he was bounced out by Jhye Richardson, while 19-year-old Shadab Khan cracked a four and a six to top score with 29.

Khan fell trying to quicken the run rate in the final over, and Andrew Tye quickly wrapped up Pakistan’s innings with two more wickets as the side were bowled out one ball short of the full 20 overs.

Needing only 117 for victory, Aaron Finch wasted no time in chasing down the modest total, blasting four fours and six maximums in his 68 not out. He smashed two huge sixes in a row, one ending up in the Australian change rooms, on the way to a 27-ball half-century.

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