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AUS vs PAK 2nd T20I: Australia crush visitors by seven wickets, Steve Smith rules proceedings

One man who hurt Pakistan the most in the second T20I was Steve Smith. He remained unbeaten on 80 from 51 deliveries, guiding the hosts to a comprehensive seven-wicket win at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 5, 2019 7:21:45 pm
Steve Smith remained unbeaten on 80 from 51 deliveries. (Twitter/cricketcomau)

One man who hurt Pakistan the most in the second T20I was Steve Smith. He remained unbeaten on 80 from 51 deliveries, guiding the hosts to a comprehensive seven-wicket win at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday. Chasing a paltry target of 151, Australia finished the job in just 18.3 overs, with Smith and Ashton Turner (8 off 15) present at the crease.

FIRST INNINGS: Earlier in the day, after electing to bat first Pakistan got off to a dreadful start as they lost Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail early in the innings. The wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals as the Men In Green could only manage to add 150/6 on the board after the end of 20 overs. Pakistan’s new skipper Babar Azam was the lone star with the bat as he completed yet another half-century.

SECOND INNINGS: In response, Australia got off to a strong start with Warner scoring a quick 20 in just 11 deliveries before he was cleaned up by Mohammad Amir in his first over. Mohammad Irfan provided Pakistan with the second breakthrough right before the end of the powerplay as he dismissed Aaron Finch on 17. However, a 58-run stand between Ben McDermott and Smith saw Australia cruise to victory but the former was trapped LBW by Imad Wasim. Ashton Turner then joined Smith in the middle to complete the formalities as Australia chased down the target with nine balls to spare.

GAME CHANGER: Warner’s brilliant effort in the field saw Pakistan’s opener Babar return to the pavilion, while the batsman was trying to sneak a double after nudging the ball into the mid-wicket region. Warner was quick on the ball and his powerful throw at the stumps saw Babar felling short from completing the double. He was dismissed just after completing his half-century in 38 balls.

CAPTAINS SPEAK

Babar Azam: Credit goes to Smith. He took the game away with magnificent innings. Very disappointed. We didn’t bat well in the powerplay. Iftikhar gets the credit for the knock he played. I love the wickets here as the wickets are pretty true. I enjoy batting here.

Aaron Finch: Very pleasing. We were very good today. Getting wickets consistently was pleasing. Got guys like Steve, who does what he does best. I think at times our execution at the death could have been better. The shots that me and Davey played also weren’t great either.

With the first encounter getting called off due to heavy downpour, Australia now have a 1-0 lead in the ongoing three-match T20I series. The third and final T20I will be played at the Perth Stadium on Friday.

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