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Australia crush Pakistan to seal easy series win

Australia crush Pakistan to seal easy series win Photo: TT

Australia have thrashed Pakistan by 10 wickets to complete a 2-0 T20I series victory over Pakistan at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Friday night.

The Australians eased to victory, restricting Pakistan to 8-106 from their 20 overs, before chasing down the target without the loss of a wicket inside 12 overs.

The triumph means the resurgent Australian T20I side after unbeaten across eight matches. It’s also the first time Australia has won a T20I by 10 wickets since 2007.

Sean Abbott, who came into the side with Australia dropping spinner Adam Zampa for a four-man pace attack, was named Player of the Match after taking 2-14 from his four overs.

Kane Richardson finished with 3-18 from his four overs, while Mitchell Starc claimed 2-27 from his four.

David Warner (48* from 36 balls) and Aaron Finch (52* from 35) eased Australia to the meagre target in 11.5 overs.

Earlier, Australia captain Finch won the toss and elected to send Pakistan in to bat.

The visitors never got going in their innings, with Iftikhar Ahmed playing a lone hand with 45 from 37 balls.

Only Imam ul-Haq (14 from 15) and Iftikhar manage to reach double figures of the Pakistan batsmen, who lost wickets at regular intervals.

Starc got rid of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in successive deliveries to make it 2-15, before Imam fell to Abbott.

Iftikhar combined with Haris Sohail for Pakistan’s best partnership, before the latter fell for 8 to Ashton Agar, making it 4-54.

Iftikhar couldn’t find any reliable partners at the crease and eventually lost his wicket to Richardson, with the tail struggling to make any inroads in the final overs, embarrassingly only managing two runs off the final 12 balls.

In reply, Warner and Finch cruised to victory, taking to the pace of Muhammad Musa who went for 0-39 from his 3.5 overs.

Warner did get two lives, when Mohammad Hasnain misjudged a catch at third man, while Imam missed the target when the opener was stranded after some fine fielding.

Finch bludgeoned four fours and three sixes in his quickfire half-century, while Warner smashed four fours and two maximums in his knock.

The win completed an emphatic series triumph after Australia won the second T20I in Canberra by seven wickets.

The first match in Sydney was washed out but Australia was poised for victory before rain intervened.

Ben somerford
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