T20 tri-series final: Pakistan win by 6 wickets against Australia
HARARE (92 News) – Pakistan chased the 183-run target against Australia in the final of the T20 tri-series match played here on Sunday.
Pakistan won against Australia by six wickets. Pakistani opener Sahibzada Farhan out for a duck who was quickly joined by Hussian Talat who also went back to the pavilion without scoring any runs. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed stuck around to chip in with 28 runs before he was run out by Jhye Richardson.
Australia captain Aaron Finch chipped in with 47, but Pakistan broke through repeatedly in the latter stages of the innings to keep Australia to 183 for 8.
Finch was given a first-ball reprieve when he was dropped by Shoaib Malik in the deep after top-edging a hook, and several misfields allowed any pressure with the new ball to be immediately dissipated.
Finch punished Pakistan for their errors by cracking two fours and three sixes during the course of a 95-run opening stand.
Having dropped Short previously, Shadab Khan pulled off a one-handed stunner at mid-off to get rid of Alex Carey, and Pakistan finally found their mojo to run through Australia´s lower middle order.
Mohammad Amir took two wickets in the final over to finish with figures of three for 33, the pick of Pakistan’s attack as Australia slipped from 146 for two in the 16th over, losing 6 for 31 before a last ball edge off Jhye Richardson’s bat took them beyond 180.
Pakistan playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
Australia playing XI: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Jack Wildermuth, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake