3rd T-20: Australia beat Pakistan by 10 wickets



Australia won the three match T-20 series, beating Pakistan by 10 wickets in the final match at Perth on Friday. Batting first, Pakistan scored 106 runs for a loss of eight wickets in stipulated twenty overs. In reply, Australia chased the target in 11.5 overs without a loss of any wicket.

After restricting Pakistan to 106 for eight, Finch (52) and Warner (48) whacked five sixes and eight fours between them as they raced to the finish line without loss. Their victory in Perth has them on an impressive eight-game winning streak in the short format as they build towards the T20 World Cup on home soil next year.

After being sent in to bat at the Perth Arena, Iftikhar Ahmed’s 45 was the only resistance by Pakistan in a repeat performance of poor batting against quality bowling, led by Kane Richardson who took three wickets.

On a fast, bouncy pitch, Finch and Warner showed no pity in reply, exposing Pakistan’s young and fragile attack.Warner hit Mohammad Amir for six in the first over and there was no looking back in a display of power-hitting from the two men.Pakistan made four changes with Imam ul-Haq and Mohammad Hasnain coming in and debuts handed to batsman Khushdil Shah and bowler Muhammad Musa.Only Azam and Ahmed have shown signs of life in the batting department this series and, again, no one else stood up.

Azam had hit consecutive 50s in the previous games, but he fell early, out lbw to Mitchell Starc for six.

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