Youthful Pakistan crush Australia by 66 runs in first T20

Pakistan, after put to bat first by Australia's captain Aaron Finch, opened with Babar Azam (68* off 55 balls) and Fakhar Zaman (14 off 12 balls).

While talking about the tragic defeat, Finch said "That Powerplay was horrific...it was like a auto crash in slow motion", and added, "Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there".

"I take full responsibility for that".

The tourists got off to a nightmare start when Finch was clean bowled by Imad for a third-ball duck while leaning back into an attempted cut shot. "When you get out in the first over and don't get the start needed, that's not good enough". "It was carnage. It was like a auto crashing in a slow motion", Finch told the reporters after his side disintegrated at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Pakistan could never apply brakes on the scoring rate despite getting rid of Healy for 59 as Gardner, who smashed an unbeaten 62 off just 37 balls in the final ODI three days ago, finished with an nearly identical score (63*) off the same amount of deliveries.

"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". Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was bad.

Finch said the team would need to consider making some serious changes to their batting technique before the second game of the series in Dubai on Friday. "Definitely when that happens, when you lose a game so badly, you have to look at everything", he said. They might be tempted to bring in Mitchell Marsh, who was rested for the opening game to bring some solidity to the middle-order, but a lack of batting options might not allow them much of a shuffle. Azam, who missed out on a maiden Test century by one run in the Abu Dhabi Test, was involved in a 73-run partnership for the second wicket with experienced Mohammad Hafeez.

The trophy was designed in honour of the T20 series sponsors, biscuit-maker TUC, with captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Aaron Finch posing light-heartedly with the trophy ahead of the start of the series on Thursday.

"Pakistan played very well against us in July", said Finch.

Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz took a wicket each. Imad was superb in his comeback match. But we can bounce back.

  • Rosalie Stanley