Pakistan's batsmen struggled as Australia were clinical in the field © Getty Images
Pakistan’s batsmen struggled as Australia were clinical in the field © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Oct 5, 2014

Australia have started their desert safari in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in fine style as they beat Pakistan by six wickets and 36 balls to spare in their only T20 International at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Ahead of the first One-Day International (ODI) on Tuesday, this huge win would come as a good confidence booster. On the other hand, Pakistan would go back to the drawing board.

Pakistan will have a lot to introspect as their batting was ordinary. After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, they collapsed to spin. Aaron Finch’s ploy to get Glenn Maxwell early worked wonders as he snared Awais Zia, Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin inside five overs. Cameron Boyce then came after the powerplay to dismiss Ahmed Shehzad.

Umar Akmal was then dismissed by Kane Richardson as he was caught playing an irresponsible shot. Shahid Afridi was then dismissed leg-before by Sean Abbott as Pakistan were reduced to 46 for six inside the first ten. The three debutantes, Richardson, Boyce and Abbott had taken wickets in their very first overs in T20 Internationals.

Saad Nasim and Wahab Riaz fought hard and their efforts extended the Pakistan innings. In the end, they could ensure that Pakistan batted the 20 overs and they finished with 96 for nine. Ahmed Shehzad was the only top order batsman to hit a boundary during the innings.

In reply, Australia stuttered a touch in the middle but David Warner played a very responsible hand of 54 runs. At one time they were buoyed at 56 for four, but the target being less, it was a minor hiccup. Finally the Aussies finished the game in 14 overs without losing any more wicket. Glenn Maxwell was named the man of the match for his outstanding bowling spell.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 96 for 9 in 20 overs (Saad Nasim 25; Glenn Maxwell 3 for 13, Cameron Boyce 2 for 10) lost to Australia 98 for 4 in 14 overs (David Warner 54, Glenn Maxwell 17; Raza Hasan 2 for 17) by 6 wickets.

Man of the match: Glenn Maxwell

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