Australia put Pakistan in to bat in first T20

Australia put Pakistan in to bat in first T20

In a chase of 156, Australia slipped to 22/6 inside the Powerplay as Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf wreaked havoc, and it was only through a 38-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile that they were able to recover somewhat. This is their third lowest Twenty20 worldwide score.

After losing the two-match Test series to Pakistan 0-1, the Australian team will aim to kick-start their T20I series on a winning note.

Earlier, Babar Azam scored 68 off 55 balls to help Pakistan reach 155/8 from their 20 overs after they were put in to bat first by Australia.

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.

Coulter-Nile tried to resist the Pakistan onslaught with a 29-ball 34, but received no support from the other end and was cleaned up by leg-spinner Shadab Khan while trying to smash it over long on.

In reply, Australia were in all sorts of trouble with Wasim cleaning up both openers, captain Finch and Short for a duck and four respectively.

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"That Powerplay was was like a auto crash in slow motion", Finch said at the post-match press conference".

"I think when that many guys get bowled it's obviously alarming, particularly on a surface that didn't swing a hell of a lot".

The innings was Australia's joint third-lowest score in T20Is (also against Pakistan, in 2012), with their worst performance being the 79 their power-packed batting line-up scraped together against England in 2005 in what was only the second T20I ever played.

"Absolutely they'll be looking at changes", Finch said.

Australia needed to win the series 3-nil to secure the number one T20 ranking, but now need to refocus ahead of the second clash in Dubai on Saturday. The pair shared six wickets as Pakistan at one stage lost five wickets in a chaotic ten-ball period.

Pace duo Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) did the bulk of the damage, with Stanlake using his pace and height to devastating effect.