Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in their three-match T20I series against Australia with a comfortable 66-run win after setting the visitors 156 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 24).
With the win, Pakistan will hold on to their top slot in ICC T20I rankings even if they lose the series from here. Australia were dismal as they slipped to their third lowest total – managing just 89 all out in 16.5 overs.
Pakistan had lost just three games out of 42 after posting a score more than 150 ahead of this clash. Yet, when Australia kept them to 155 for 8, they believed.
Pakistan had just gotten out of jail in the last over, after a sensational collapse that saw them slip to 133 for 8, but the momentum was still with Australia.
However, what transpired next was the worst nightmare coming true for Aaron Finch and Co. It took Pakistan just 5.2 overs to knock the visitors out of the contest.
1st wicket of Imad Wasim:
It all started with Imad Wasim knocking out both openers in the first over of the chase. Finch paid the price for being predictable and was bowled while D’Arcy Short chopped one back on to give the left-arm spinner two wickets on his return to international cricket.
2nd wicket of Imad Wasim:
Some poor judgement from Glen Maxwell saw the visitors slip to 16 for 3 and Pakistan pounced on Australia with no mercy.
All wickets of Imad Wasim:
Ben McDermott was run out after misjudging a non-existent single while Alex Carey was caught behind off Wasim in the fifth over. Faheem Ashraf wrecked havoc from the other end as Chris Lynn was bowled in the sixth over. At 26 for 6 after the powerplay, the inevitable loss was just a formality. In T20I history, only five times a team has lost six wickets in the powerplay. On the night, Australia became the first side to pick up that dubious record twice.