Australia pacer Pat Cummins rested for third T20I against Pakistan

  • Australia pacer Pat Cummins rested for third T20I against Pakistan

Australia pacer Pat Cummins rested for third T20I against Pakistan

But their bowling attack was no match for Smith, who brought up his fourth 50 in the short format off 36 balls, with six fours and one big six, as Australia reached 151 for three with nine balls to spare. He hit three boundaries on the off side in an Amir over as Australia eased to victory in the 19th over.

It left Smith and Ashton Turner with 45 runs to win off 42 balls, which they managed comfortably. After winning 11 consecutive T20I series under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan had lost an away series against South Africa earlier this year and were whitewashed at home by Sri Lanka recently after which Sarfaraz was sacked from captaincy and was replaced by Babar Azam in the shortest format.

It was Azam who won the toss and chose to bat today.

It happened in the 16th over of the first innings, which was bowled by Ashton Agar.

A cricket fan from the United States of America, Hasan Tasleen, did not let her wedding stop her from watching her favourite team play, as she watched the contest between Australia and Pakistan after she returned home from her wedding.

Pat Cummins will miss the final T20I against Pakistan in order to get adequate rest and preparation time for the upcoming Test series. It was probably a 170 wicket I reckon at least.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said: "We are disappointed". It's very hard when we lose early wickets. Credit goes to Iftikhar the way he played.

"The way we kept taking wickets throughout the innings was really important because we know how damaging Pakistan can be in the powerplay or at the end, so to get wickets consistently was the key", Australia captain Aaron Finch said.

Graeme Hick remains as the team's batting coach and Sridharan Sriram as a spin bowling and batting assistant, while the head of national teams Ben Oliver is eager to ensure a good degree of fluidity for other specialist roles to be taken on a short-term basis, as seen with the use of Ricky Ponting and Adam Griffith (World Cup), Steve Waugh and Troy Cooley (Ashes) and Michael Hussey and Ryan Harris (T20I series) alongside Langer this year.