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Rain bails out Pakistan in first T20I against Australia

November 3, 2019
Rain bails out Pakistan in first T20I against Australia

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The first T20I between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney was abandoned on Sunday.

Pakistan can consider themselves lucky as rain washed out the first T20I against Australia in Sydney after the visitors founds themselves with their backs to the wall.

The hosts were motoring along at 41-0 in just 3.1 overs as they chased 119 in 15 overs when rain interrupted play for the second and final time.

Skipper Aaron Finch had done almost all of the scoring and was unbeaten on 37 off 16 deliveries after taking a particular liking to Mohammad Irfan, who he had smashed for 26 runs in the previous over.

Earlier in the day, new skipper Babar Azam showed precisely why he is the number one ranked batsman in T20I cricket as he hit an unbeaten 59 off 38 deliveries in a stuttering effort by the Pakistan side as they made 107-5 in 15 rain-interrupted overs.

There was precious little support from the other batsmen for Babar, with Mohammad Rizwan’s circumspect 31 off 33 deliveries being the only other effort of note.


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AUSTRALIA

The match has been abandoned due to rain.

Rain is too heavy once again and the players are off

Over 3: Australia 39-0 (need 80 more runs to win)
Horror over for Irfan. Finch smashes him for 26 runs and just like that the required run-rate is now less than seven
Irfan to Finch, 1 run
Irfan to Finch, FOUR
Irfan to Finch, no run
Irfan to Finch, SIX
Irfan to Finch, FOUR + no ball
Irfan to Finch, FOUR
Irfan to Finch, SIX

Over 2: Australia 13-0 (need 106 more runs to win)
This time Finch drives through the off-side to get himself another boundary. Solid start for Australia
Amir to Finch, 1 run
Amir to Finch, no run
Amir to Warner, 1 leg bye
Amir to Finch, 1 run
Amir to Finch, FOUR
Amir to Warner, 1 run

Over 1: Australia 5-0 (need 114 more runs to win)
Finch cuts Irfan on the up to give Australia their first boundary

Irfan to Finch, no run
Irfan to Finch, FOUR
Irfan to Finch, no run
Irfan to Finch, no run
Irfan to Warner, 1 run
Irfan to Warner, no run

PAKISTAN

Over 15: Pakistan 107-5
Babar leads from the front in rain-hampered first-innings
Starc to Babar, 1 run
Starc to Babar, SIX
Starc to Iftikhar, 1 run
Starc to Babar, 1 leg bye
Starc to Imad, CAUGHT
Golden duck for Imad Wasim as Starc bowls the final over

Over 14: Pakistan 96-4
Babar reaches his fifty with as Pakistan look to accelerate
Richardson to Babar, FOUR
Richardson to Asif, CAUGHT
Asif goes trying to up the ante in the penultimate over
Richardson to Babar, 1 run
Richardson to Asif, 1 run
Richardson to Asif, no run
Richardson to Babar, 1 run

Over 13: Pakistan 89-3
That over took more than an hour to complete but the good news is that the action is underway again
Zampa to Babar, 1 run
Zampa to Babar, no run
Zampa to Asif, 1 run
Zampa to Asif, SIX
Zampa to Babar, 1 run
Zampa to Babar, FOUR

Still raining in Sydney

Over 12.4: Pakistan 88-3
Rain stops play with Babar near 50
Zampa to Asif, 1 run
Zampa to Asif, SIX
Zampa to Babar, 1 run
Zampa to Babar, FOUR

Rain stops play with Babar near 50

Over 12: Pakistan 76-3
Cummins does well and concedes just four singles
Cummins to Babar, 1 run
Cummins to Asif, 1 run
Cummins to Babar, 1 run
Cummins to Asif, 1 run
Cummins to Asif, no run
Cummins to Asif, no run

Over 11: Pakistan 72-3
The spinner provides a crucial breakthrough by dismissing Rizwan

Agar to Asif, 1 run
Agar to Babar, 1 run
Agar to Rizwan, CAUGHT
The partnership is broken with the wicketkeeper-batsman getting caught out for a 33-ball 31
Agar to Babar, 1 run
Agar to Babar, FOUR
Agar to Rizwan, 1 run

Over 10: Pakistan 64-2
Pakistan rebuild with Babar, Rizwan after early wickets

Zampa to Babar, no run
Zampa to Rizwan, 1 run
Zampa to Rizwan, no run
Zampa to Babar, 1 run
Zampa to Babar, 2 runs
Zampa to Rizwan, 1 run

Over 9: Pakistan 59-2
Babar slices a lofted shot that just about clears Smith and goes for six. Welcome boundary as the partnership between these two goes to 49
Agar to Babar, no run
Agar to Rizwan, 1 run
Agar to Rizwan, no run
Agar to Babar, 1 run
Agar to Babar, SIX
Agar to Rizwan, 1 run

Over 8: Pakistan 50-2
Boundaries have dried up but these two are doing well to keep the scoreboard ticking
Cummins to Rizwan, 1 run
Cummins to Rizwan, no run
Cummins to Babar, 1 run
Cummins to Rizwan, 1 run
Cummins to Rizwan, 1 run
Cummins to Rizwan, 2 runs

Over 7: Pakistan 44-2
Agar comes on for his first over and he starts off better than his spin partner with that six-run over

Agar to Rizwan, 1 run
Agar to Rizwan, 2 runs
Agar to Babar, 1 run
Agar to Babar, no run
Agar to Rizwan, 1 run
Agar to Babar, 1 run

Over 6: Pakistan 38-2
Great over by Richardson to finish off the powerplay. Just three runs off it

Richardson to Babar, 1 run
Richardson to Rizwan, 1 run
Richardson to Rizwan, no run
Richardson to Rizwan, no run
Richardson to Rizwan, no run
Richardson to Babar, 1 run

Over 5: Pakistan 35-2
Cummins into the attack now and he gives away five in his first over
Cummins to Babar, 1 run
Cummins to Babar, 2 runs
Cummins to Rizwan, 1 run
Cummins to Rizwan, no run
Cummins to Rizwan, no run
Cummins to Babar, 1 run

Over 4: Pakistan 30-2
Finch takes a gamble on spin but it doesn’t pay off as Zampa goes for 12. Some great counter-attacking batting by Rizwan

Zampa to Rizwan, 2 runs
Zampa to Rizwan, SIX
Zampa to Rizwan, FOUR
Zampa to Rizwan, no run
Zampa to Rizwan, no run
Zampa to Rizwan, no run

Over 3: Pakistan 18-2
Seven runs off Starc’s second over as Babar gets an outside edge for four
Starc to Rizwan, 1 run
Starc to Babar, 1 run
Starc to Babar, FOUR
Starc to Babar, no run
Starc to Rizwan, 1 run
Starc to Rizwan, no run

Over 2: Pakistan 11-2
Australia’s opening bowlers have made early inroads and Pakistan will be forced to consolidate now

Richardson to Rizwan, 1 run
Richardson to Haris, CAUGHT
Pakistan sink further as Haris departs. The visitors have been unable to deal with the bounce and movement on offer
Richardson to Haris, no run
Richardson to Babar, 1 run
Richardson to Babar, FOUR
Richardson to Babar, no run

Over 1: Pakistan 5-1
Haris gets off the mark with a superb straight drive but Pakistan in trouble early on after Fakhar’s wicket
Starc to Haris, no run
Starc to Haris, FOUR
Starc to Haris, no run
Starc to Haris, no run
Starc to Fakhar, CAUGHT
Golden duck for Fakhar Zaman as Starc strikes in the very first over
Starc to Babar, 1 run

Australia XI: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Ashton Agar, Patrick Cummins, Mitch Starc, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa.

Pakistan XI: Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Irfan.

Australia have won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first.

Hello and welcome to the live updates of the T20I series opener between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney.


 

 
 
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One Comment

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    Shahid   November 9, 2019 2:54 pm/ Reply

    Does anyone know including PCB and Coaches why are they visiting Australia, which I seriously doubt it. Let me help them out, they supposed to learn from Australian team and improve, Australian team scores 40 runs in 3 overs, while Pakistani scores only 20 run. Australians bowl in block holes, while Pakistani bowls out side of the wicket. Looks like all that fall on blind eyes and life goes on as usual. Is learning and improving is just too much to ask with all the hefty perks and salaries?

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