AUS v PAK: Steve Smith provides Australia yet another win in T20Is

Having won the toss in the second T20I match between Australia and Pakistan, Babar Azam opted to bat first. Both the hosts and the visiting team decided to field the unchanged teams for the match.

Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam once again was left in middle all alone to rescue his side after the yet another failure of top order to the Australia’s attack. Opener Fakhar Zaman’s poor run of form continued as he say a short outing of just seven balls in at the crease before driving a catch straight to David Warner, who was at mid-off.

Haris Sohail too joined him after playing a nothing short to Kane Richardson’s ball that flew high in the air over the ball himself. Wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan struggled with the exact problem his predecessor (Sarfaraz Ahmed) was criticised for in the past.

The dot balls that Rizwan played only helped to increase the pressure on Babar to keep the scoring rate high. Iftikhar Ahmed, who came to bat at No. 6 and led Pakistan to a respectable total of 150. Skipper Babar Azam managed to score another half-century along with Iftikhar Ahmed’s blistering 62 off 34 balls with the help of five fours and two maximums.

Ashton Agar was the most successful bowler from Australia with 2 for 23. The fast bowling duo, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, bowled beautifully too. Starc has not got any wicket but did not allow Pakistani batsmen to score runs while Cummins claimed one wicket.

Australia lost David Warner after his little cameo. He was removed after 4 not outs in the previous four innings of the format by Mohammad Amir for 20. The Australian captain Aaron Finch soon joined him on the bench.

After the departure of Australia’s opening pair, It was Steven Smith who kept his side ahead all the way through their another victory. Smith started his innings with picking up the gaps so delicately during his a super-duper match-winning innings for the national side.

It was indeed a commanding half-century from Australian living legend that made sure Pakistan could never come back in the match while defending a not-so great total of 150. Steve Smith faced just 51 balls to make his 80 runs with the help of 11 fours and 1 six. The 3rd wicket stand between him and Ben McDermott of 58 runs helped the hosts to take the 1-0 lead over Pakistan in a quite comfortable way.

Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan and Imad Wasim claimed one wicket apiece. Steven Smith named Player of the Match. The first T20I has produced any result. Australia lead the three-match series 1-0 with last match to be played on Friday in Perth.


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