Dominant Pakistan won the T20 International series against Australia as they emerged victorious in the third and final match of the series by 33 runs in Dubai.
The Men in Green continued their good performance in the final match as all the players chipped in with valuable contributions and took their team to the victory.
While batting first, Babar Azam struck another half-century in the tournament and helped his team reach a defendable total. He came out with a positive approach and played his shots freely. He played a blistering knock of 50 off just 40 balls, hitting 5 fours and 1 six during his inning. This was Azam’s second half-century of the T20I series.
Azam got good support in the form of Sahibzada Farhan as both the players gave their team a flying start and stitched a strong partnership of 99 runs for the first wicket. But, even after that superb start, the Men in Green failed to capitalize on it.
Farhan, who went for a golden duck in the previous match, got out at the score of 39 on the fifth ball of the 12th over. Babar Azam was the next to follow as he lost his wicket on the first ball of the 13th over. After losing the wickets of both the openers, only experienced Mohammad Hafeez could manage to cross the 30-run mark.
Hafeez scored a 20-ball 32 and remained unbeaten till the end of the innings.
Another experienced player Shoaib Malik got a good start but could not turn that into a big inning. He was dismissed at the score of 18 and Pakistan was 126 for the loss of 3 wickets. Malik has now become the second highest run scorer in the T20I history, passing New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum.
The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side ended their inning with the score of 150 for the loss of 5 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Just like the previous two games, Australia failed to get a good start.
They lost both of their openers in the first three overs of their inning. Aaron Finch failed miserably and got out on the score of 1 while Alex Carey played a thunderous knock of 20 off just 9 balls.
After that, only Mitchell Marsh and Ben McDermott could manage to cross the 20-run mark. Spinner Shadab Khan was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as he picked up 3 important wickets in his 4 overs and gave away just 19 runs.
As a result, Australia were bowled out for 117 in 19.1 overs and the Men in Green won the match by 33 runs to register a 3-0 whitewash yesterday.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar