Australia's collapse a "car crash" says Aaron Finch
- Author: Angelo Rivera Oct 27, 2018,
Oct 27, 2018, 7:00
The only other player to get into double figures was the returning Chris Lynn, who scored 14, and opener Finch, who was bowled for a three-ball duck by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim said he accepted a lot of responsibility for the collapse himself. Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi picked up two wickets each while Haasan Ali too chipped in with the key wicket of Ashton Agar, the second-highest scorer of the innings.
Australia's hopes of taking the lead in the three-match series were soon over as they made a horrendous start to their reply, slumping to 22-6 with spinning all-rounder Imad taking 3-20 in his first worldwide for a year.
Ben McDermott was run out without scoring before Wasim came back into the attack to dismiss Alex Carey for one, leaving Australia in tatters at 22-6.
It was not just spin that brought about Australia's undoing.
His batting lineup, without the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, was arguably their strongest available with Finch, D'Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell and Lynn providing some power hitting at the top of the order.
"I think all in all, our bowling performance was pretty good".
Everything was going right for Pakistan, including Hasan's spectacular outstretched catch on the boundary to see off Adam Zampa. Mohammad Hafeez (39) and Azam shared a 73-run second-wicket stand and dominated the spinners in the middle overs before Australia pegged back Pakistan with five wickets in 10 deliveries for just three runs.
Billy Stanlake (3/21) and Andrew Tye (3/24) were in great form and it seemed like Pakistan had thrown away the advantage.
In the end, Australia got all out for 89 as the host secured a dominant victory showing cricket fans around the world exactly why this ruthless side are the top team in the world.
The risky Hafeez fell to D'Arcy Short when looking well set and Asif Ali was trapped leg before by Adam Zampa before Babar - who scored 99 in the second Test - launched Coulter-Nile for six over midwicket.
Finch stated that the team would need to make serious amendments to their batting technique before the second T20 worldwide at Dubai on Friday.