Aust dominate Pakistan in T20 series win

Ross Houston
November 9, 2019

Langer, who led the Perth Scorchers to three Big Bash titles before becoming national coach, intends to stick with his winning formula of five specialist bowlers and six batsmen through to Australia hosting the World Cup next October.

The toss between Australia and Pakistan will take place at 1:30 PM (IST).

Australia made two changes for the series finale, with Billy Stanlake in for the rested Pat Cummins and Sean Abbott replacing Adam Zampa.

In reply, Australian opener David Warner got a couple of let-offs, as along with Finch, they pummeled the rookie fast bowling lineup of Pakistan with the likes of Mohammad Musa and Mohammad Hasnain being taken to cleaners in the powerplay overs.

The hosts are now on a three-series winning streak after whitewashing Sri Lanka at home recently and defeating India away in February. A final tally of 106 was about all that can be expected of Pakistan on days when Babar Azam does not bail them out with a score, as they have fallen into a deep T20I hole that had also seen them whitewashed at home by Sri Lanka prior to this one.

Azam had hit consecutive 50s in the previous games, but he fell early, out lbw to Mitchell Starc for six.

"A rare opportunity for Sean Abbott to play, the man who is most famous probably for having the awful misfortune of bowling the ball that killed Phillip Hughes in the middle", Hughes said during the live coverage. Richardson then took his turn to strangle the remainder of the innings, as Starc and then Agar each claimed expert outfield catches.

The teams will now play two test matches, the first beginning in Brisbane on 21 November and the second, a day-night test, from 29 November at the Adelaide Oval.

The explosive Warner hit Mohammad Amir for six in the first over and there was no looking back in a display of power-hitting from the two men. Finch also cleared the rope with a hook shot that was more edge than middle, but the modesty of the chase and the confidence growing within the Australian side were soon apparent. We've learned the value of that through the World Cup 50-over competition.

Haris Sohail again failed, mistiming a shot off-spinner Ashton Agar, while Shah lasted 11 balls for his eight runs.

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