Sydney: Pakistan and Australia played their opening T20 match today at Sydney Cricket Ground. Rain saved Pakistan side from Aaron Finch’s wrath. Australian side seemed to be smoothly heading towards their opening T20 win against Pakistan but the persistent showers came in their victory.
Pakistan managed to make 107 runs with the help of their new captain Babar Azam’s glorious 59 runs off 38 balls. Later on Mohammad Rizwan supported the captain and made 31 runs from 33 balls. At the end of the innings, as per Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method, Pakistan’s total was set at 119 runs.
Australia’s innings started with dark clouds looming the stadium. DA Warner and AJ Finch came as openers. AJ Finch started hitting hard all around the ground and piled up 37 runs from just 3.1 overs.
The rain left AJ Finch frustrated. “It’s frustrating,” said the Australian skipper. “But you can’t do too much about the weather. “We played really well. To restrict them to 107 off 15 overs was a great effort and then to be on track to get them was nice.”
The 20 minutes break between the innings actually left the game with no result. A result could have been declared only if 11 more deliveries could have been bowled.
“If you’re cutting overs off the game and you still have a 20 minute break it doesn’t make much sense to me,” said Finch. “But it’s part of the rules and you can’t do much about it.”
Pakistan came into this series as the world’s best T20 side but three consecutive defeats from Sri Lanka have pushed down their morale. The Australian side seems to be at the best at the moment with AJ Finch who have scored 217 runs in last three innings without losing his wicket.
It is yet to analyze how Pakistan teams perform against Australia under its new captain, Babar Azam. Under the new chief selector Misbah Ul Haq, the T20 side received a lot of changes including the removal of previous captain Sarfaraz Ahamad and several other players. Ahmad Shahzad and Umar Akmal have been added to the squad with some other new players who’d been out of the team for a long time now.
The team’s new T20 combination will be put to test once again in second and the final T20 match of the series against Australia at Canberra.