Australia bowl first in T20 v Pakistan

  • Australia bowl first in T20 v Pakistan

Australia bowl first in T20 v Pakistan

Victory for Pakistan was their second of the competition against Zimbabwe after they were beaten by Australia on Monday.

"We probably made a little more hard than we had to". "Glad he did well", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.

But having made 28 off 18, and just when the partnership was settling into a rhythm, Sarfraz committed the biggest unforced error of a match littered with them. In the end, Zimbabwe managed to score 129 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs. The tipping point seemed to come in the 11th over, in which Jack Wildermuth, somewhat obsessed with the extreme off-side field he had set Fakhar, bowled four wides, and went for 16 in all. In addition to Afridi's three wicket haul, all the other bowlers scalped a wicket too.

Pakistan powered to 194-7 - their highest T20I score against Australia - after being sent in to bat by Finch at Harare Sports Club on Thursday (Friday NZT).

Aaron Finch (capt), D'Arcy Short, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake. Against Pakistan, soon after skipper Aaron Finch got out, the rest of the team ran out of fuel and failed to generate any power and collapsed miserably. Considering their batting frailties they might be tempted to bat first against Zimbabwe, should they win the toss, in order to give their batsmen sufficient time in the middle to iron out the flaws and get their game in order ahead of the summit clash.

Safraz and Shoaib Malik remained unbeaten on 38 and 12 respectively.

"Since yesterday I've been planning on getting (Finch and Maxwell's) wickets, and trying to work out how to get them early", Afridi said after his second worldwide match for Pakistan. When Amir returned in the death overs, he was a class above the batsmen Australia were counting on to propel them towards 200.

Zimbabwe continued to accumulate steadily keeping their wickets after Masakadza fell early for two runs and Tarisai Musakanda made 33 from 22 while Elton Chigumbura (5 not out) and Malcom Waller (0 not out) saw out the overs with Zimbabwe finishing on 162 for 4.