Australia defeated Pakistan 2-0 in the Twenty20 International series and won the T20I final in Perth with 10 wins.
David Warner (48 * of 35) and Aaron Finch (52 * of 26) made the pursuit, but the win was prepared by the bowlers. After the use of Pakistan, the Australian Pacemen ensured that only two guest players were double-digit.
Had Iftikhar Ahmed’s 37-45 ball not been, Pakistan would not have made it. The goal was not a threat to Australia, given the shape in which the starters are located. Warner and Finch finished the chase in just 11.5 overs to claim their fifth victory in six T20Is – the first T20I in the series was washed out.
Pakistan made a cautious start with the bat, with Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam waiting for the poor supplies. However, the caution cost her when Azam – Pakistan’s captain and her best batsman in the series – was caught by Mitchell Starc at the top. Azam checked just to see the referee call on the screen. This is where the implosion began.
Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed from the next ball, Starc sent a typically quick insider to clear it. Sean Abbott was then fetched, and he had imam, imprisoned on a 15-ball 14 at the time, in the middle of the wicket. Pakistan was 22/3.
At that point, Iftikhar closed one end with a counterattack, while the other end was closed with gates. Haris Sohail retired from Ashton Agar – the only wicket that failed that day – and Richardson went through the middle order with the scalp of Khushdil Shah (8), Shadab Khan (1) and finally Iftikhar.
Iftikhar had fought bravely and found the fence six times, but the Australians found he had a problem with the short deliveries and was caught trying to hook one over a fine leg.
Maybe the early wickets could have taken over Pakistan in this game, but the Australian opening games ensured that they never had a chance. Warner and Finch struck 13 borders between them, five of them to the Six when they cut Pakistan’s meager record. The hunt was over in no time.
Abbott was voted player of the game for his 2/14, which started the collapse of Pakistan.