Finch said that he backed his bowlers to keep Pakistan to a score the Australia batsmen were comfortable chasing. Pakistani bowlers impressed in the 1st game.
Abu Dhabi: Opener Babar Azam struck an unbeaten 68 while spinner Imad Wasim capped a return to global cricket with three wickets as Pakistan crushed Australia by 66 runs in their opening T20 match in Abu Dhabi. Beth Mooney, who donned the role of a finisher in the ODI series, opened alongside Alyssa Healy and helped Australia get off to a flying start.
Only a rearguard action from tailenders Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) and Ashton Agar (19) saved Australia from what had threatened to be a record T20 loss.
"It was embarrassing to be fair".
"It was like a vehicle crash in slow motion".
By the 9 over, Imad had bowled his four-over quota and returned excellent figures of 3-20. "When you get out in the first over and don't get the start needed, that's not good enough". Chasing 156, they were shot out for 89 with Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf shredding the top order like it was some school team. "The batting was terrible".
Australia, who scored an easy seven-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier on Monday, are presently placed at the third spot with 123 points, just one point behind India, while Pakistan are perched at 132 points. The second wicket stand between Babar and Mohammad Hafeez (39), top scorer in his country's first ever t20 worldwide, against England at Bristol in 2006, prospered and took the score to 105 in the 14 over and their side well on course to reach the 200 mark. By the fourth over another key wicket was taken by Pakistan when Glenn Maxwell had his middle stump disturbed by Faheem Ashraf.
Hafeez contributed 39 runs from 30 balls after hitting two fours and two sixes. Since Sarfraz took over captaincy, Pakistan have won 23 of the 27 matches they have played - a momentum the skipper wants to maintain.
Finch said the team would need to consider making some serious changes to their batting technique before the second game of the series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Billy Stanlake (3/21) and Andrew Tye (3/24) were in great form and it seemed like Pakistan had thrown away the advantage.