Australia vs Pakistan: T20 Tri-series final cricket highlights, live scores, blog

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    Australia v Pakistan

    Harare Sports Club, July 8, 2018

    Final - Tri-Series in Zimbabwe 2018

    Australia 1st Inn 8/183
    Pakistan 1st Inn 4/187
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
    Pakistan win by 6 wickets
    Pakistan Over: 19.2  RR: 8.44
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    S. Malik 43 37 3 1 116.22
    A. Ali* 17 11 1 1 154.55
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    A.J. Tye 4.0 0 33 0 8.25
    M.P. Stoinis* 2.2 0 31 0 13.29
    Last Wicket: F. Zaman, 91 (c. sub b. Richardson) - 4/154

    Australia face Pakistan in the final of their tri-series that will be played at Harare in Zimbabwe on Sunday, July 8. The game will begin at 6pm AEST and you can follow it live with The Roar below.

    After a brilliant start to the tournament, Australia’s performances fell away in the second half of the competition and it gave an insight as to how the team struggles in the absence of captain Aaron Finch’s batting at the top of the order.

    Finch, in the first two games of this tri-series showed exemplary form with the bat, breaking his own T20I record for the highest individual score and the matches were won with consummate ease.

    Then, it was followed by two back to back failures and a game was lost to Pakistan while the other went the distance against Zimbabwe, something one wouldn’t have expected given how poorly Zimbabwe’s performance had been in the series. Not to forget this was also nearly a second-string Zimbabwean side.

    That said, part of the blame for Australia’s defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their previous league match could be put down to their under-par bowling performance as well, one in which their bowlers a fair amount of short balls on a surface that might have been aptly made for fuller lengths.

    Pakistan had looked thoroughly outplayed in their first outing against Australia but showed their mettle as the number one team in the T20I world when they went on to crash their opposition’s party in their reverse fixture.

    In doing so, they also revealed their batting isn’t as bad as it was made out to be in the first game against Australia, and applying a proper mindset to building their innings could remain a key to their chances.

    Of course, that’s not to forget their bowling line-up presents a stern challenge for most batsmen around the world, including an Aussie side that will need the likes of Travis Head, Alex Caey and Glenn Maxwell to show a tad more restraint before they take on the bowling.

    The contest between the Pakistani spinners and the Australian batsmen continues to remain a fascinating one.

    The team batting second could have an advantage in this game with the bowling expected to be a lot better from both sides.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of this T20I in Harare from 6pm (AEST) and don’t forget to drop a comment in the section below.

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    • 9:54pm
      Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Stoinis has had a very disappointing OS tour of both England and Zimbabwe. I thought he was really emerging as a player but he seems to have gone backwards. Some very positive signs with Stanlake and Jye Richardson in the bowling supported by the ever reliable Tye. Not sure about Wildermuth – don’t know much about him – his one over was awful as was Agar’s. I still have serious question marks about Agar. Not much chop as a bowler or batsman or fielder. Didn’t seem to care that much. Still don’t understand why T20 bowlers don’t bowl most of their deliveries full at middle stump. Unless the Pakistani batsmen are expert at the ramp.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:24pm | ! Report

      Pakistan fielded horribly and at one stage it looked like they would be chasing more than 200. Then they fell to 2/2 in the first over but that didn’t stop Zaman from going after the bowling, and without offering any chances, he scored a 90. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik played around him with the latter finishing unbeaten till the end to win it for Pakistan.

      The number on team in this format continue to dictate terms. Australia finish the series poorly after starting off brilliantly. Thanks for following this live blog and I hope to be back with Australia’s next series, which would be against this very team in the month of October. Ciao.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:21pm | ! Report

      That’s that, Pakistan have won by six wickets with four balls to spare!

      A single down the ground and then a pull to win it for the side. That’s some comeback from Pakistan after being in so much bother throughout the game.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:19pm | ! Report

      A first-ball four ends any hopes that Australia would have had of a comeback, and while Tye comes back well with just four singles from the next four balls, a couple of runs off the final ball makes it two needed from six balls.

      4/182 in 19.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:14pm | ! Report

      Just 11 more needed from 12 balls now. This should be over in a hurry.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:14pm | ! Report

      Quicker fourth ball from Richardson after the slower one previously and Malik pulls him straight to the deep square-leg fielder. Misfielded but remains one.

      A well-hit slap down the ground gets Asif a couple more before he nearly finishes it off with a six!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:12pm | ! Report

      A single for Malik gets him off strike before a slower one gets picked by Asif Ali and driven for a single.

      20 needed off 15.

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