PAKISTAN SEAL THE DEAL IN DUBAI

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Pakistan humbled Australia by 11 runs to win the match and seal the three-match series at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai Sports City.

Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat. Pakistan got off to a brisk start through Fakhar Zaman and Barbar Azam.

Fakhar fell to Nathan Coulter Nile.

Hafeez joined Babar and both partnered for 70 to lay a solid platform for a big finish. But soon after reaching a hundred runs, the hosts lost Babar.

That triggered a mini collapse and the men in green were reduced to 131/6.

Pakistan finished their innings at 147/6.

Their highest scorer was Babar Azam with 45. Australia’s pick of the bowlers was Nathan Coulter Nile who managed 3/18. Billy Stanlake was impressive too and finished with 2/36.

Australia’s start was far from ideal.

D’Arcy Short was the first man to make his way back to the pavilion. He was out in an unconventional fashion. Finch’s drive deflected off Imad Wasim’s fingers onto the stumps. The third umpire interpreted that Short had failed to ground his bat.

The visitors lost a flurry of wickets and were reeling at 73-6. Pakistan’s bowling coupled with their acrobatic fielding tightened grip over the proceedings.

Glenn Maxwell led the counter attacked and smashed Pakistanis all around the park. His half-century gave hope of what looked like an improbable chase. Nathan Coulter-Nile complemented him from the other end.

Pakistani bowlers held their nerves and got rid of the two danger-men and finished the game.

Pakistan have an unassailable lead and a rare chance of white washing Australia in a T20I series. The only time they have achieved this feat before is in 2010 when they the Aussies 2-0 in England.

 

 

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