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Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I Highlights: Match abandoned due to rain

Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I Highlights: Babar Azam starred for Pakistan with his unbeaten 59 in the first T20I which was abandoned due to rain.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 3, 2019 12:49:37 pm
Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I Highlights: Australia continued their runchase well, but rain played spoilsport. (Source: Twitter)

Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I Highlights: Australia engaged with a new-look Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, in the first of the three T20Is on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but the match failed to come out with a result because of rain.

After Australia won the toss and decided to field, Babar Azam (59*) led from the front for Pakistan and guided his side to 107/5 in a rain-interrupted first innings in 15 overs. With a DLS-altered target of 119, Australia began their runchase well with Aaron Finch scoring 37* from just 16 balls. When Australia were on 41/0 after 3.1 overs, rain made a comeback and ultimately forced for the match to be abandoned.

Match EndedPakistan tour of Australia, 2019 - 1st T20I

Australia

41/0 (3.1)
vs

Pakistan

107/5 (15.0)
Match Ended ( Day - 1st T20I )
Match Abandoned

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Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I Highlights:

12:29 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Match abandoned

Due to unstoppable rain in Sydney, the match has been abandoned which turned into a blessing in disguise for Pakistan as Australia were certainly in the mood to finish the runchase within 10 overs itself. 11 more balls would have seen Australia go one up in the series, but the timing of the rain was perfect for Pakistan.

11:49 (IST)03 Nov 2019
And the rain comes back again!

Play is stopped again as the rain makes a comeback in Sydney. Again! Aaron Finch is on 37* and David Warner is on 2*. AUS are 41/0 after 3.1 overs. 

11:46 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Finch goes berserk

After hitting a boundary to Mohammad Amir in the previous over, Aaron Finch has absolutely lost it as he hammers Muhammad Irfan. A six to leg stump, a massive one, and then two consecutive boundaries . And from a free hit, another humongous six! And he finishes the over with another boundary straight down the ground. 26 runs off the over. AUS are 39/0 after 3 overs.

11:36 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Play restarts

Muhammad Irfan out with the ball here to restart the proceedings, while the dangerous duo of David Warner and Aaron Finch are out to open for Australia. A boundary from the captain to set the tone, and just five runs off the over. AUS are 5/0 after the first over. 

11:12 (IST)03 Nov 2019
AUS need 119 to win

With a six in the last over, Babar Azam powered the feeble batting order of Pakistan to a decent 107/5 after 15 overs. 11 runs from that last Mitchell Starc over. The 25-year-old played a captain's innings on his debut with a brilliant unbeaten 59 from 38 balls. Australia need 119 runs, due to DLS, to win from 90 balls.

11:07 (IST)03 Nov 2019
WICKET!

Imad Wasim is the latest to go for a golden duck, as Mitchel Starc dismisses him in the first ball of the last over itself. PAK are 96/5 after 14.1 overs.

11:06 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Fifty up for Babar!

On the very next ball itself, Babar Azam edges quite cleverly and with a boundary, he brings up his 11th T20I half-century! Five fours, one six and 34 balls. A captain's innings. PAK are 96/4 after 14 overs.

11:05 (IST)03 Nov 2019
WICKET!

Asif Ali tried to up the ante as the overs are reduced but his shot ends up in the hands of Ashton Agar. Kane Richardson with the dismissal. He departs for 11. PAK are 92/4 after 13.4 overs.

11:01 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Play resumes after rain
10:36 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Rain continues

Rain continues to play spoilsport at Sydney Cricket Ground. Looks like it is going to be a long delay. We might lose a few overs as well. 

10:19 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Hit of the innings?
09:53 (IST)03 Nov 2019
FOUR! SIX! RAIN!

Adam Zampa comes back in, and he is just absolutely hammered by the Pakistan batsmen, first by Babar Azam with a well-taken boundary, and then, a massive hit by Asif Ali out of the park. Zampa's misery is put out soon, as the rain comes back for a visit. PAK are 88/3 after 12.4 overs. 

09:45 (IST)03 Nov 2019
WICKET!

A moment of madness from Mohammad Rizwan and down goes the 60-run partnership, as Ashton Agar dismisses the wicketkeeper. He tries to go for the big one but is instead caught by Pat Cummins. He departs for 31. PAK are 70/2 after 10.4 overs.

09:41 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Six and singles again

After 26 balls without a boundary, Babar Azam goes high and above everybody's heads against Ashton Agar in the previous over. But, Adam Zampa comes back in, and it's back to usual business as the Pakistan batsmen can only get singles. Five runs off the over. PAK are 64/2 after 10 overs.

09:30 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Slowing runrate

After the Zampa over, the runs have dried up so far. Just the 14 runs from the last three overs, with no boundaries coming off them. Babar Azam's on 19*, while Mohammad Rizwan is on 21* though. PAK are 44/2 after 7 overs.

09:19 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Rizwan hits big

Adam Zampa comes into the attack, and after a few opening balls, Mohammad Rizwan just unleashes his power. A smart boundary and then a six to deep extra cover. Can the partnership between the captain and the captain's replacement prove to be crucial? 12 runs off the over. PAK are 30/2 after 4 overs. 

09:10 (IST)03 Nov 2019
WICKET!

Although Haris Sohail did hit Mitchell Starc for a four in the previous over, he tried to do the same against Kane Richardson, but he mistimes it, lifts it way high up in the air, and is safely collected by Steve Smith. PAK are 10/2 after 2 overs.

09:03 (IST)03 Nov 2019
WICKET!

Mitchell Starc is out with the ball to start the proceedings, and he has already nicked one! Off goes Fakhar Zaman for a golden duck, on the second ball of the innings itself. Steve Smith with the catch. PAK are 1/1 after 0.2 overs.

08:51 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Covers are off!

The covers are already being packed away just after five minutes of rain.

08:41 (IST)03 Nov 2019
Here's some rain to ruin the day!

Squads:

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Muhammad Musa

Australia: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye

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