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Pakistan decimated as Australia win T20I series 2-0 at Perth

Australia bowling attack too good for fragile Pakistan

As their arch rivals, England were butchering their neighbours accross the Tasman sea with their batting prowess, the top quality Australian fast bowlers on a fast pitch at the magnificent Optus stadium at Perth ensured that there will not be any batting heroics from Pakistan whatsoever by striking at regular intervals. The Pakistan skipper and the mainstay of their batting, Babam Azam was given out lbw to a marginal decision (as it turned out on review, it was umpires call) to Mitchel Starc, who off the very next ball , rattled Rizwan’s stumps with a fuller length in swinging yorker but could not get the hattrick. Imam Ul Haq replacing an out of form Fakkar Zaman was was first to go cheaply caught at square leg of  skier off Sean Abbott, playing in  Australian colours after a long gap. The only single resistance from Pakistan came from Ifthikar Ahmed ,who played another fine attacking innings of 45 off 37 balls following his 62 in last game. Had it not been for him ,Pakustan would have failed to reach 100, so shocking was their batting standard. As it turned out ,Pakistan huffed and puffed their way to 106/8 in 20 overs, unable to cope with the pace and bounce of the pitch and a quality pace attack in which Sean Abbott had a good impact taking 2/14. Richardson got 3/18 and Starc 2/29 in their 4 over spells. Starc’s upward graph in his form can worry Pakistan as they prepare for the 2 test series. The Australian fielding was once again top notch , with Agar taking a superbly judged catch in the deep.

In reply ,Finch and Warner  once again made a whirlwind start to ensure that the home side gets to the below par target with overs to spare. Warner was retrieved twice in first over when his slashed cut just went over Hasnain at third man for a six while Imam Ul Haq failed to send in an accurate throw after a brilliant stop with Warner nowhere in the frame. Pakistan unleashed both their raw pace hopefuls Musa and Hasnain but they were too inexperienced againat the Aussies openers. Both Warner and Finch in particular started to crack boundaries at will as Australia hammered the Pakistan pace attack to reach the target soon after 10 overs to win by 10 wickets with Finch at his sparkling best getting to an unbeaten 52 hitting some glorious cricketing shots while Warner scored an equally rapid 48 .

Abbott for his economical spell was the man of the match and Smith for his match winning 80 notout in the 2nd match was the man of the series as that knock virtually decided the series when Pakistan were poised to make inroads.

Australia after another easy series win,  proved over the last two weeks that inconsistent teams like Srilanka and Pakistan were no match for them in T20I cricket specially in Australian conditions. With their top three in such ominous touch and amongst the runs  ,the latter half of Australian batting hardly got any look in with Carey in particular not getting a hit.The bowling as usual looked threatening in these conditions and their fielding has been awesome ,which alone puts pressure on the opponents. For Pakistan , irrespective of their number 1 ranking in T20I cricket, they have a long way to go before they can challenge high profile teams like Australia or  England in T20 cricket. Too much reliance on Babar Azam’s batting, the fielding inconsistent and the bowling not always replicating their talent.

 

 

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Amitava Mukherjee

A commerce graduate with work experience in Banking sector. An avid sports enthusiast. Big fan of soccer cricket and tennis

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