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Pak vs Aus LIVE: Baptism of boundaries for young Musa, Hasnain as Finch takes command | Sports


Aussie openers go on the offensive against Pakistan. — Photo courtesy: cricket.com.au

Australia have begun the pursuit of their 107-run target against Pakistan in the third and final T20I at Perth Stadium. 

Aus 45-0 after 5 overs

Hasnain to Warner, 1 run

Hasnain to Finch, 1 run

Hasnain to Finch, 6 runs

Hasnain to Finch, 2 runs

Hasnain to Finch, no run

Hasnain to Finch, no run

Aus 35-0 after 4 overs

Musa to Finch, 1 run

Musa to Finch, 4 runs

Musa to Finch, 6 runs

Musa to Warner, 1 run

Musa to Finch, 1 run

Musa to Finch, 0 run

Aus 22-0 after 3 overs

Amir to Warner, 0 run

Amir to Warner, 0 run

Amir to Finch, 1 run

Amir to Finch, 1 wide

Amir to Finch, 0 run

Amir to Finch, 1 wide

Amir to Warner, 1 run

Amir to Warner, 4 runs

Aus 14-0 after 2 overs

Musa to Finch, 4 runs

Musa to Finch, 0 run

Musa to Finch, 0 run

Musa to Finch, 4 runs

Musa to Finch, 0 run

Musa to Finch, 0 run

Aus 6-0 after 1 over

Amir to Warner, 0 run

Amir to Warner, 0 run

Amir to Warner, 0 run

Amir to Warner, 6 runs

Amir to Warner, 0 run

Amir to Warner, 0 run

Tale of Pakistan innings 

Australian captain Aaron Finch, after winning the toss, had said that he wanted to exploit the moisture in the pitch, and his bowlers couldn’t have done it better.

The extra bounce in the wicket, deemed “rock hard” by Waqar Younis, was surely taken advantage of by the hosts who often struggled to even put bat to ball. In fact, towards the end of the innings, tail-enders Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Hasnain combined for an 8-ball sequence when they swung and missed, again and again.

Towards the start, new opener Imam-ul-Haq started confidently, and with him looking good and Babar Azam being in exquisite form of late, a solid foundation was expected.

However, Mitchell Starc removed Babar and Mohammad Rizwan on back-to-back balls in the 3rd over, after which Pakistan batsmen’s trouble with bounce began. When that did not happen, they themselves planted catches in the hands of fielders. When they were a bit inaccurate with their offerings, the Aussies dived around and took some blinders.

Only Iftikhar Ahmed (37-ball 45) and Imam (14 off 15 balls) reached double figures as Pakistani finished with 106-8.

Pak 106-8 after 20 overs

Abbott to Hasnain, 0 run

Abbott to Hasnain, 0 run

Abbott to Amir, 1 run

Abbott to Amir, no run

Abbott to Amir, no run

Abbott to Amir, no run

Pak 105-8 after 19 overs

Richardson to Hasnain, 0 run

Richardson to Hasnain, 0 run

Richardson to Hasnain, 0 run

Richardson to Hasnain, 0 run

Richardson to Hasnain, 0 run

Richardson to Amir, 1 run

Pak 104-8 after 18 overs

Starc to Hasnain, 0 run

Starc to Hasnain, 0 run

Starc to Amir, 1 run

Starc to Amir, 0 run

Starc to Amir, 6 runs

Starc to Amir, 0 run

Starc to Amir, 1 wide

Pak 96-8 after 17 overs

Richardson to Hasnain, 4 runs

Richardson to Shadab, OUT caught

Richardson to Shadab, 0 run

Richardson to Shadab, 0 run

Richardson to Shadab, 0 run

Richardson to Iftikhar, OUT caught

Pak 92-6 after 16 overs

Stanlake to Shadab, 0 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 1 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 0 run

Stanlake to Shadab, 1 run

Stanlake to Shadab, 0 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 1 run

Pak 89-6 after 15 overs

Abbott to Shadab, 0 run

Abbott to Iftikhar, 1 run

Abbott to Iftikhar, 0 run

Abbott to Imad, OUT caught

Abbott to Iftikhar, 1 run

Abbott to Imad, 1 run

Pak 86-5 after 14 overs

Agar to Imad, 1 run

Agar to Iftikhar, 1 run

Agar to Imad, 1 run

Agar to Imad, 2 runs

Agar to Iftikhar, 1 run

Agar to Imad, 1 run

Pak 79-5 after 13 overs

Richardson to Iftikhar, 4 runs

Richardson to Iftikhar, 0 run

Richardson to Iftikhar, 2 runs

Richardson to Iftikhar, 0 run

Richardson to Iftikhar, 4 runs

Richardson to Khushdil, OUT caught

Pak 69-4 after 12 overs

Agar to Khushdil, 1 run

Agar to Iftikhar, 1 run

Agar to Khushdil, 1 run

Agar to Khushdil, 2 runs

Agar to Khushdil, 0 run

Agar to Iftikhar, 1 run

Pak 63-4 after 11 overs

Stanlake to Khushdil, 0 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 1 run

Stanlake to Khushdil, 1 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 1 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 0 run

Stanlake to Khushdil, 1 leg bye

Pak 59-4 after 10 overs

Agar to Khushdil, 1 run

Agar to Iftikhar, 1 run

Agar to Khushdil, 1 run

Agar to Iftikhar, 1 run

Agar to Khushdil, 1 run

Agar to Haris, OUT caught

Pak 54-3 after 9 overs

Stanlake to Haris, 1 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 1 run

Stanlake to Haris, 1 run

Stanlake to Haris, 1 wide

Stanlake to Haris, 0 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 1 run

Stanlake to Haris, 1 run

Pak 48-3 after 8 overs

Agar to Iftikhar, 0 run

Agar to Haris, 1 run

Agar to Iftikhar, 1 run

Agar to Iftikhar, 2 runs

Agar to Haris, 1 run

Agar to Haris, 2 runs

Pak 41-3 after 7 overs

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 0 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 0 run

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 4 runs

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 2 runs

Stanlake to Iftikhar, 0 run

Stanlake to Haris, 1 run

Pak 34-3 after 6 overs

Starc to Iftikhar, 4 runs

Starc to Iftikhar, 0 run

Starc to Iftikhar, 0 run

Starc to Iftikhar, 4 runs

Starc to Iftikhar, 4 runs

Starc to Iftikhar, 0 run

Pak 22-3 after 5 overs

Abbott to Haris, 0 run

Abbott to Haris, 0 run

Abbott to Haris, 0 run

Abbott to Imam, OUT caught

Abbott to Imam, 4 runs

Abbott to Imam, 0 run

Pak 18-2 after 4 overs

Richardson to Haris, 0 run

Richardson to Imam, 1 run

Richardson to Imam, 0 run

Richardson to Imam, 2 run

Richardson to Imam, 0 run

Richardson to Imam, 0 run

Pak 15-2 after 3 overs

Starc to Haris, o run

Starc to Haris, o run

Starc to Haris, o run

Starc to Rizwan, OUT bowled

Starc to Babar, OUT lbw

Starc to Babar, 4 runs

Starc to Babar, 1w

Starc to Babar, 1w

Pak 9-0 after 2 overs

Abbott to Imam, 4 runs

Abbott to Imam, 0 run

Abbott to Imam, 0 run

Abbott to Babar, 1 run

Abbott to Babar, 0 run

Abbott to Imam, 1 run

Pak 3-0 after 1 over

Starc to Imam, 1 run

Starc to Imam, 0 run 

Starc to Babar, 1 run

Starc to Babar, 0 run

Starc to Babar, 0 run

Starc to Imam, 1 run

Pre-match chatter

Australia currently have a 1-0 lead in the series, thanks to Steve Smith’s 79-run match-winning innings on Tuesday.

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The opening match of the series was washed out due to rain, which had saved the tourists from going down 1-0 there and then.

Team news and line-ups

Babar Azam and co made wholesale changes to the line-up, with the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz all dropped.

Making way for them are Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Muhammad Musa Khan and Mohammad Hasnain.

Pakistan: Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Muhammad Musa

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake

Captain’s comments

Babar says batting first would not have been his choice, had he won the toss.

If we’d won the toss we would have bowled first. We have two debutants. We want them to play and have a chance on this wicket and the wicket is good for bowling. — Babar Azam

Finch says his decision reflects the moisture in the pitch which he wants to exploit.

There’s a little bit of moisture in the wicket so hopefully we can get the brand new ball to move around a bit and chase it down later on. There’s some stats that support that as well. We’ve just gone with the one spinner on this wicket. We think the extra spinner will be valuable. — Aaron Finch

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