Shaheen Afridi ended with figures of 2/35 while leg-spinner Shadab Khan picked 2/30 as Pakistan won their 10th T20I series in a row. @ Getty Images
Shaheen Afridi ended with figures of 2/35 while leg-spinner Shadab Khan picked 2/30 as Pakistan won their 10th T20I series in a row. @ Getty Images

Pakistan managed to survive a late Glenn Maxwell carnage at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday night to win the second Twenty20 International by 11 runs. After sealing the two-Test series 1-0 (first Test in Dubai ended in a draw), Pakistan have now sealed the T20I series 2-0 with one game to go.

Maxwell struck a belligerent 37-ball 52, an innings which was laced with four boundaries and two sixes, but could not score those 23 runs in the final over as Australia ended 12 runs short of Pakistan s 148-run target.

Pakistan were helped to 147/6, courtesy Babar Azam s 45 and Mohammad Hafeez s 40 after Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat. Azam, who had scored an unbeaten 68 in the previous match at Abu Dhabi, lost his opening partner Fakhar Zaman (11) after he was caught behind to give Nathan Coulter-Nile his first wicket.

Azam and Hafeez then stitched a 7-run partnership for the second wicket to steer Pakistan from 29/1 in the fourth over to 99/2 in the 14th over when the partnership was broken after Hafeez was caught by D Arcy Short off Billy Stanlake. Hafeez was much more destructive in his 34-ball 40 scoring three boundaries and two sixes.

None of the other Pakistan batsmen, including veteran Shoaib Malik (14) contributed with Coulter-Nile (3/18) and Stanlake (2/36) ensuring Pakistan are kept below the 150-run mark.

In reply, Australia were once again derailed during their run chase. Skipper Aaron Finch disappointed for the second time in the running departing for just three. His opening partner Short was at the wrong end of a controversial run out decision with replays showing that the bat was fully grounded, but TV umpire Riaz Rashid ruled it against the Aussie, who walked back for just 2.

Australia were looking at another under-100 finish with Mitchell Marsh s (21) dismissal. Australia were 61/4 in the 12th over. Maxwell, who was dropped on thrice on 18, 34 and 52, went hammer and tongs, and found an able partner in Coulter-Nile (27 off 17) as the duo plundered 59 runs for the seventh wicket.

When young left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi was handed the ball for the final over, Australia needed 23. Coulter-Nile smashed a huge six over long-on off the first ball and then took a single to give Maxwell the strike. However, Maxwell got it off the toe of the bat and was caught by Malik to end Australia s hopes of a win.

Afridi ended with figures of 2/35 while leg-spinner Shadab Khan picked 2/30 as Pakistan won their 10th T20I series in a row.

The third and final match, now a dead rubber, will he held on Sunday in Dubai.

Brief scores: Pakistan 147/6 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 45, Mohammad Hafeez 40; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/18) beat Australia 136/8 in 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 52; Shadabad Khan 2/30, Shaheen Afridi 2/35) by 11 runs