Billy Stanlake and Aaron Finch combined together to help Australia register their first win in nine games across all formats. While Stanlake took four wickets in his first spell, three of which ended in Finch’s hands at the slips to bowl out Pakistan for 116. Finch remained unbeaten on 68 to guide his team across the finishing line. Courtesy of Australia’s ruthless aggression Pakistan’s winning streak of 8 T20Is came to a grinding halt.
Australia win by 9 wickets
Thats it! Australia have won the match by 9 wickets and with 55 balls to spare. Finch finish unbeaten on 68. Smiles all around the Aussie camp. This is Australia's first win after 9 defeats across all formats.
Half a dozen sixes for Finch!
Aaron Finch is in a sdestructive mood. Smashes the fourth ball of Shadab Khan's over for a monstrous six. Half a dozen sixes for Finch.
Aaron Finch reaches his half-century in just 27 balls. It is his 9th T20I fifty. Three fours and five sixes in his innings so far. Australia requires 24 off 64 balls.
4 6 6!
This was the sequence in the over. Aaron Finch is going after Shadab Khan as he races along to 43 off 18. AUS 76/1 in 7 overs.
Australia are racing towards a convincing win. Aaron Finch has been dominating the bowlers. The only wicket to fall so far is that of D Arcy Short. AUS 60/1 in 6 ovs
D Arcy Short is gone for 15. Hasan Ali has got the breakthrough. Pakistan will be relieved as the game was threatining to slip away from their grasp. AUS- 35/1 in 3.2 ovs
Australia off to a flier
15 runs came of Mohammad Nawaz's first over and now D Arcy Short has taken the attack to Usman Khan with three consecutive fours in the third over of the innings. AUS- 30/0 in 2.4 ovs
D Arcy Short and Aaron Finch are at the crease. Left arm seamer Usman Khan is ready to bowl. Pakistan will need quick wickets or else defending 116 will be impossible. And we are off..
BRILLIANT CATCH! Ashton Agar takes a ripper and Pakistan have been bowled out for 116. 3 wickets fell in 5 balls during the last over. Billy Stanlake was the star with 4-8 from his four overs. Australia needs 117 to win.
Hasan Ali goes for a duck. Tye picks up the wicket. PAK- 116/9 in 19.4 ovs
Fine catch by Head sends Shadab Khan back to the dugout. PAK-114/9 in 19.2 ovs
Mohammad Nawaz is dropped by Marcus Stoinis. Nawaz goes for the big hit and it was a skier but the fielder misses the opportunity and the batsman steal a couple of runs. PAK- 108/7 in 19 ovs
100 up for Pakistan
Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan have somehow managed to get the scoreboard past the three-figure mark. They need a flourish towards the end to post a formidable score.
Faheem Ashraf falls to a short delivery for 21. Jhye Richardson picks up the wicket. Pakistan are in tatters and reaching 120 seems like an arduous task now. PAK-92/7 in 16.3 ovs
Faheem Ashraf has launched into Andrew Tye and scored 15 runs off his second over. Smashes the fourth ball of the over for a six, then two consecutive boundaries. Puts the pressure back on Australia. Pak- 84/6 in 15 overs.
14 overs Gone, Pakistan 69/6
Pakistan have reached 69/6 after 14 overs gone. With six overs remaining, Australia could be staring at a low total to chase.
WICKET! Marcus Stoinis strikes and it is Asif Ali who is gone for 22. He was looking good, already had struck two sixes. But he just completely missed the straighter delivery and tried to guide it for a four. The ball knocked down the stumps and Pakistan's hopes of getting back in the match. PAK 61/6
OH POOR SHOAIB MALIK! A horrible-mix up between the wickets and the experience campaigner is run out. Good throw by Nic Maddinson who did not lose his cool and gave the ball straight to Carey, leaving no chance for Malik to get back to the crease. Pakistan in serious trouble. PAK 46/5
Pakistan looking to fight back
Pakistan are looking to fight back against Australia after losing four wickets early on. Asif Ali is looking to stitch a partnership with Shoaib Malik. He smacks Ashton Agar's ball for a six. Pakistan 45/4 in 9 overs.
STANLAKE STRIKES AGAIN!
WICKET! Billy Stanlake takes another wicket as skipper Sarfraz Ahmed edged the ball to Aaron Finch. He dived towards his right to take a tremendous catch. It has all been Stanlake and Finch's show this morning. PAK 24/4
Shoaib Malik in the middle
Shoaib Malik has come out in the middle. He is playing his 100th T2OI for Pakistan. He would be looking to impress and take Pakistan to a win.
GONE! Billy Stanlake strikes a third and this time it is Fakhar Zaman who is making the long walk back. He edged the ball straight to Tim Paine behind the stumps. A soft appeal from the Aussies and the umpire raises his fingers. Pakistan in serious trouble. PAK 19/3
Billy Stanlake strikes again and this time it is a short ball that proves to be Pakistan's demise. Hussain Talat tried to duck from the short ball but got a leading edge as the ball went to Aaron Finch, who stretched his left arm wide to take the catch. PAK 12/2
Back to back boundaries
Hussain Talat smacks Jhye Richardson for back-to-back boundaries. There was a huge LBW appeal two balls ago, but it has done little to hamper Talta's confidence. Pakistan are on the move.
WICKET! Stanlake strikes in the third ball and Mohammad Hafeez departs for a duck. BIG BLOW TO PAKISTAN! Good catch by Aaron Finch. Pakistan 0/1.
HERE WE GO!
Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez come out to open the innings for Pakistan. Billy Stanklake starts with the new ball for Australia. HERE WE GO!
The National Anthems for both the teams are done and we will be starting off with the match in 5 minutes.
Australia (Playing XI):
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), D Arcy Short, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake
Pakistan Playing XI
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman KhanAustralia have won the toss, and they have elected to field first against Pakistan in the T20I match.
Australia win toss, elect to field first
Australia have won the toss, and they have elected to field first against Pakistan in the T20I match.
Pakistan vs Australia
Australia's results in last nine matches
England vs Australia, Only T20I: England won by 28 runs
England vs Australia, 5th ODI: England won by 1 wkt
England vs Australia, 4th ODI: England won by 6 wkts
England vs Australia, 3rd ODI: England won by 242 runs
England vs Australia, 2nd ODI: England won by 38 runs
England vs Australia, 1st ODI: England won by 3 wkts
South Africa vs Australia, 4th Test: South Africa won by 492 runs
South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test: South Africa won by 322 runs
South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test: South Africa won by 6 wkts
Can they bounce back against Pakistan?