Finch frustrated after T20I washout with Pakistan
Australia's Aaron Finch walks back to the boundary line to field during the Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Australia captain Aaron Finch has lamented the decision to take a 20-minute break which ultimately cost his side victory against Pakistan in the first game of their three-match T20I series.

The opening match was washed out at the SCG with Australia cruising towards victory at 0-41 after 19 balls in pursuit of Pakistan’s revised target of 119 from 15 overs.

Finch himself had raced to 37* from 16 balls, including a 26-run over from Mohammed Irfan, before rain intervened and ultimately ended play, with Australia needing to face five overs to make a result possible.

The controversy was that play had stopped for more than an hour during Pakistan’s innings before they faced 14 more balls to reach 15 overs and then a 20-minute mid-innings break.

Conditions were dry during the break, meaning cricket could have been played, likely allowing the 11 balls Australia needed to reach five overs.

“It’s frustrating. The 20-minute break in between innings was an interesting one,” Finch said.

“When you lose a few overs and then you still have a 20-minute break I thought that was really interesting.

“It probably played out of our hands at that moment but you can’t do too much about the weather.

“If you’re cutting overs off the game and you still have a 20-minute break it doesn’t make much sense to me but it’s part of the rules and you can’t do much about it.”

Pakistan had earlier posted 5-107 from their 15 overs, with opener Babar Azam top scoring with 59* from 38 balls.

Australian quicks Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson both took two wickets each.

The sides will meet again on Tuesday night in the second T20I at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Ben somerford
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