Pakistan post 147-6 in second T20 against Australia

Sports       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Sports by Sarfraz Ali | Published

The last match of the series will be played at the same venue on Sunday. Coulter-Nile, who was the most disappointing of the three seamers in the first game, was the pick of Australia's bowlers here: his three big wickets for 18 an instrumental factor in containing Pakistan to under 150.

Pakistan had won the first match by 66 runs in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The designated hosts posted a modest total of 147-6 on a pitch lacking pace at the Dubai International Stadium, with Babar Azam top scoring with 45.

PAKISTAN survived an onslaught by big hitter Glenn Maxwell to win the second Twenty20 global by 11 runs in a last over finish against Australia in Dubai on Friday.

Starting in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan did well with the bat in the first 14 overs and made 109-2, before completely losing the plot and folding for 155-8. However, Imad Wasim destroyed Australia´s top order.

After the match ended, which went in Pakistan's favour, Glenn Maxwell was adamant that Short was not out. "I think we were a little bit one-dimensional while batting, but that's a learning experience and I would say Pakistan have got a lot of variety in their bowling".

"We expect Aaron, Josh and Alex to lead the side through a big Australian summer. they´ll also be driving our standards and values as we prepare our defence of the World Cup, which is only seven months away", chief selector Trevor Hohns said in a news release.

Pakistan's 2-0 T20 series lead against Australia highlights the side's number one ranking in the shortest format and the Pakistani skipper was all praise for his bowlers.

His second-wicket partnership of 70 with Mohammad Hafeez (40) never really accelerated, although the latter had clattered a couple of sixes and three fours before pulling Billy Stanlake to deep square leg at the end of the 14th over.

The test series was won by Pakistan.

After the match, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell took pot shots at the third umpire for giving the decision in favour of Pakistan.

Leaving that behind, Australia wanted to make a fresh start with the beginning of the T20 series between the two sides based on three matches.

All-rounder Faheem Ashraf has enjoyed much success in worldwide cricket with his disciplined brand of right-arm seam bowling, and he took two top-order wickets in the first game.

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