A whitewash by Pakistan was always on the cards! Pakistan eventually got the better of Australia in the 3-match T20I series as they completed a clean sweep in the T20I series with a 33-run victory in the third and final game against Australia on Sunday, 28th October. The formula for Pakistan in this series was simple – bat first, score around 150 runs and bowl out Australia. Boy, did they do this to perfection in all the three games!
Having opted to bat first in the third T20I, Pakistan got off to a good start with their top 3 batsmen making good contributions. Opener Babar Azam scored 50 runs while the other opener Farhan Sahibzada departed for a well-made 39. Mohammad Hafeez batting at no. 3 remained unbeaten on 32* till the end and helped Pakistan to get to 150 for 5 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Australia once again lost wickets in heap. Captain Aaron Finch failed once again. They lost their last five wickets while scoring just 23 runs to concede a 33-run victory and a 3-0 whitewash to Pakistan. Surprisingly, pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile with 61 runs was Australia’s highest run scorer in this three match series!
“I think we had a chance in all three games. Throughout the series, we had a lack of partnerships. They are a very good fielding side. Every time you give them soft wickets, it is devastating,” said Australian captain Aaron Finch after their defeat in the third and final T20I against Pakistan.
Pakistan – 150/5 in 20 overs (Babar Azam – 50, Sahibzada Farhan – 39, Mitchell Marsh – 2/6) beat Australia – 117 all out in 19.1 overs (Ben McDermott – 21, Mitchell Marsh – 21, Shadab Khan – 3/19, Hasan Ali – 2/14) by a margin of 33 runs. Man of the Match: Shadab Khan.
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