Pakistan Escape against Australia Thanks to Inclement Weather
Australia Had a Good Chance to Beat Pakistan

The first T20I match between Australia and Pakistan in their three-match series was declared a no-result, as rain came to save Pakistan who looked to be heading for a heavy defeat.

Rain had already caused the match to be reduced to 15 overs a side, as Australia, after the delay, won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first, gaining almost immediate success when Fakhar Zaman was caught by Steve Smith off the second ball of the innings, delivered by Mitchell Starc. Then, in the following over, Smith took another catch, this time off the bowling of Kane Richardson, to dismiss Haris Sohail for 4.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan then shared a stand of 60 for the third wicket, scored at more than a run a ball, until Rizwan, who had hit a six and a four, fell for 31, caught by Pat Cummins off the spinner Ashton Agar. Asif Ali then came to the crease and he and Babar added 22 for the fourth wicket, until he became the next man to fall, caught by Agar, with Richardson the bowler this time. He had scored 11, including one six.

Two balls later Starc had Imad Wasim caught by Smith for a duck, but Babar and Iftikhar Ahmed added a further 11 off the last five balls of the innings, which closed on 107 – 5. Babar was undefeated on 59, with 2 sixes and 5 fours to his name.

Kane Richardson took 2 for 16, whilst Starc finished with 2 for 22.

In reply, Australia set off at breakneck pace, with captain Aaron Finch leading the way, relegating fellow opener David Warner to a supporting role for once. The pair put on an unbeaten 41 for the first wicket in a little over three overs before the weather intervened again. Warner scored just two of them, with Finch, at the other end, scoring 37 off just 17 balls, including 2 sixes and 5 fours.

At that point, the rain returned and no further play was possible, and, although Australia were well ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis method, they were 11 balls short of the mark where a result could be declared.

The two sides now head to Canberra where they will be hoping for better luck with the weather.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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