An Aussie Nightmare in Abu Dhabi in 1st T20I against Pakistan

Babar Azam

But Hasan Ali produced late fireworks with 14 off three balls in the final over from Coulter-Nile as a total of 22 was added for the ninth wicket, and Australia were soon in all sorts of trouble in their run chase.

Finch's side were bundled out for 89 in the first Twenty20 global against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi with Sarfraz Ahmed's side reducing them to 22 for six in the sixth over.

Babar Azam's magnificent unbeaten 68*, complimented by Imad Wasim's haul of 3/20 helped Pakistan get their Twenty20 series against Australia off to a great start with a crushing 66-run win in the first match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The first T20I between Pakistan and Australia will begin at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi at 09:00 pm PST.

Australia's told was their joint third-lowest in T20Is, behind their 79 against England at Southampton in 2005 and 86 against India in 2014.

"It's pretty embarrassing, to be fair", said Finch.

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"It was like a vehicle crash in slow motion".

It was a clinical effort from the bowlers, in particular Imad Wasim, who on his return to global cricket after more than a year rattled the Australian top-order to return figures of 3/20 in his four-over spell. Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was very bad.

The two teams meet in the second of the three T20 games in Dubai on Friday. We do have a lot of experience in the team and some good players.

The Pakistan bowlers all got among the wickets, with Imad Wasim (3-20), Faheem Ashraf (2-10) and Shaheen Afridi (2-23) returning the best figures.

Azam's knock proved to be the difference on a sluggish pitch and his 73-run stand for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (39) put Pakistan on course for a huge total.

It was left to Babar to keep one end intact during his sixth T20 half-century while Hasan used the long handle effectively, hitting two boundaries and a six in a handy 17 off eight balls to help add 41 in the last five overs. Sarfraz Ahmed also praised an allround performance. Billy Stanlake and Andrea Tye did most of the damage with three wickets each.

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