Pakistan vs Australia 5th T20I Tri-Series: Pakistan and Australia had already made their place in the final but Sarfraz Ahmed’s men didn’t take this game lightly and thumped Australia by 45 runs. Riding on a brilliant 73 from Fakhar Zaman and a late surge by Shoaib Malik, Pakistan scored 194/7 in 20 overs and later, Shaheen Afridi caused the damage as he returned with figures of 3/37 in four overs. For Australia, no batsmen stepped up and took the responsibilty as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Australia are left with one match against Zimbabwe before playing the final on Sunday against Pakistan.
Pakistan vs Australia Tri-series 5th T20I Highlights:
Pakistan have broken Australia's streak in the tournament as they have defeated Australia by 45 runs. Shaheen Afridi scalped three wickets in his four overs
Mohammad Amir has the breakthrough and he sends Ashton Agar packing for 11. Australia lose their seventh now. Agar walked across the line and tried to flick a full length delivery to the on side. But he failed to connect it and is gone
Wickets continue to tumble
Australia are losing wickets at regular intervals. Usman Khan gets the wicket of Marcus Stoinis and Australia lose their sixth in the process of 195-run chase
Another one goes down for Australia and D'Arcy Short has departed. Australia are in trouble now as they have lost half the side in Harare. Short tried to slash a length delivery but totally missed the line and it disturbed the wood work behind him
Australia lost some early wickets but Short is looking good and steady. It is surely a difficult task for them but Australia would be looking for a stand to steady ship for themselves
Shaheen Afridi strikes again and this time he gets rid off Glenn Maxwell as he traps him in front of the stumps for 10
Another one bites the dust and Faheem Ashraf has his first wicket. He cleans up Travis Head gor 7. This brings in Glenn Maxwell in the middle. Australia are now in a spot of bother
Just after hitting a boundary, Aaron Finch has been dismissed by Shaheen Afridi. He has been caught behind by Safraz Ahmed for 16 off 11 and Australia lose their first wicket
Australia begin chase
Australia have been in some good knick in this series and especially Aaron Finch who struck a fina, recrod-breaking 172 against Zimbabwe in his last outing. 195 looks a bit difficult against this Pakistan bowling line up but if Finch stays for a longer time, Australia woild see them in driver's seat
Pakistan score 194/7
Pakistan score 194/7 in 20 overs against Australia. Riding on a brilliant 73 from Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan dominated the Australian bowling line up for most of the innings. Australia did get some wickets in the later stage
Andrew Tye gets an important one as he removes Shaoib Malik for 27 off 15. Trying to accelerate in this over, Malik tried to slash a slow delivery from Tye but coudn't connect the shot
Back to back boundaries for Shoaib Malik as Pakistan go past the 150-run mark in the 17th over. They must be eyeing a big total from here on with Malik and Ali at the crease
Marcus Stoinis gets the breakthrough as he removes Fakhar Zaman for 73. Zaman tried to pull theball hard but didn't time it properly and gave an easy catch to Glenn Maxwell
Pakistan continue to get the boundaries and this time it is Shoaib Malik who has ent the ball over the ropes. The right-hander danced down the track and hammered the tossed up delivery from Agar away for a six
Andrew Tye gets a wicket as he removes Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for 14 and Pakistan are 107/3 after 12.4 overs. Tye bowled an over-pitched delivery that Safraz tried to drive through the off-side but edged it and Carey completed an easy catch behind the stumps
50 up for Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman has completed his third T20I fifty and he brings it up with a massive six. Terrific way to bring up his half century. Zaman has got the style. 11 overs gone, PAK 95/2
WICKET! Glenn Maxwell has struck and he has finally broken this partnership. Hussain Talat was cramped up for room with a spinning delivery that turned inside and Talat's stumps were knocked down cold. He departs for 30. PAK 80/2
Fakhar Zaman is on fire!
Fakhar Zaman is on fire at the moment and he is quickly approaching his third fifty. A six and a four in this over from Ashton Agar, and he moves into 40s. Pakistan look to be in control at the moment. PAK 71/1 after 8 overs
End of powerplay
The last ball from Marcus Stoinis brings 50 up for India with a double. 6 overs are gone, and Pakistan are 51/1. The fielding restrictions will now be lifted and Pakistan have recovered well. They need someone to fire up now.
WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT!? Hussain Talat had almost given a catch to Marcus Stoinis but a lazy effort from him and he has let it slip out of his hands. Andrew Tye missed out on a wicket here.
4 overs gone, Pakistan 40/1
It has been a good start for Pakistan despite losing Haris Sohail early on. Fakhar Zaman has been on a roll and he has scored 28 runs in 15 balls to maintain the run rate to 10. PAK 40/1 after 4 overs.
Haris Sohail departs for a duck in the first ball and it is Jhye Richardson who gets the wicket. Little bit short of length delivery, Sohail tried to go for a pull but completely mistimed it to hand an easy catch to Aaron Finch. PAK 8/1
Fakhar Zaman is a delight to watch!
Two glorious boundaries in the first over and both of them came from Fakhar Zaman's bat. Big Billy gave a little bit of width to the batsman and Zaman has driven it for a four. Pakistan 8/0 in the first over.
HERE WE GO!
Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail start for Pakistan with the bat. It is Big Billy with the new ball for Australia. HERE WE GO! Zaman has launched the first ball for a boundary and the game is on!
Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), D Arcy Short, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake
Australia have won the toss, and they will.... any guesses? Of course, they will chase.
Pakistan vs Australia Live
Pakistan and Australia have already sealed a spot in the T20I tri-series final. But before the two teams meet in the final match, they will have to lock horns one more time. It is a chance for both the teams to get to know their opponent before the big important match and get a feel of how things can be in the final.