Finch laments Australia's latest collapse

28 October, 2018, 19:30 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Opener Fakhar Zaman plays a shot during the final of the T20 tri-series at Harare Sports Club

Australia left out Mitchell Starc but still picked three seamers in Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake.

Australia's sensational Powerplay batting collapse was like "watching a auto crash in slow motion" according to captain Aaron Finch after his side were dismissed for their third-lowest score in Twenty20 global cricket on Wednesday (also reported in Thursday's edition).

Babar Azam made an unbeaten 68 off only 55 balls, but Pakistan only posted 155-8 after the excellent Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) took three wickets apiece.

The Australian men's team might have received a battering at the hands of Pakistan in the opening T20I in the UAE, but elsewhere in Malaysia, the fortunes were totally in contrast as the women's team continued their domination. Nathan Lyon was phenomenal in the preceding two-match Test series which Pakistan won 1-0 so the offspinner can get a look-in too.

Glenn Maxwell soon followed, bowled by Faheem in the fourth, and Ben McDermott was run out in the same over in a nightmare start to Australia's innings.

Man of the match Imad also accounted for D'Arcy Short and Alex Carey, finishing with 3-20 in his first national outing in nearly a year.

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Coming to the 2nd T20I, skipper Aaron Finch would be hoping that the team would regain their lost momentum and bounce back.

"That Powerplay was was like a auto crash in slow motion", Finch said at the post-match press conference".

In response, Australia's chase got off to a disastrous start. He returned with figures of 3/20 in his allotted four overs.

Earlier, Pakistan were lifted by Azam and Mohammad Hafeez (39) as they added 73 for the second wicket in quick time. She was named Player of the Match for her performance with the ball. He praised the number one ranked T20I side in the world while also calling Australia's batting approach cocky.

It will be interesting to see if the Aussies can turn things around and come back strongly in the second game against a formidable bowling line-up which is scheduled to be played on 26th October at the Dubai International Stadium.



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