Australia put Pakistan in to bat in first T20

Australia put Pakistan in to bat in first T20

Australia put Pakistan in to bat in first T20

However, a disastrous middle-overs collapse from Pakistan, in which they lost six wickets for 23 runs, gave Australia momentum.

Finch's side were bundled out for 89 in the first Twenty20 worldwide against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi with Sarfraz Ahmed's side reducing them to 22 for six in the sixth over.

Australian T20I skipper Aaron Finch compares their batting display in the first T20I against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi with a slow motion "car crash".

Having tasted defeat in the Test series, the belief was that Australia would come out strong in the first T20, but as it turned out, they imploded, just like they did in the Test series against a full-blooded Pakistan attack.

Only twice have Australia scored fewer runs in a T20 global, making just 79 against England at Southampton in 2005 and 86 in a defeat by India at Dhaka four years ago.

"That powerplay was horrific", Finch said postmatch.

"That powerplay was was like a auto crash in slow motion".

All-rounder Imad Wasim returned to worldwide cricket after nearly a year following fitness problems. Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there.

Finch had his stumps knocked over by Imad Wasim and opening partner D'Arcy Short suffered the same fate later that over after crashing his first ball for four. "The batting was bad". He took 3 wickets by giving just 20 runs.

It was left to Azam to keep one end intact during his sixth T20 half-century while Hasan used the long handle effectively, hitting two boundaries and a six in a handy 17 off eight balls to help add 41 in the last five overs.

The second and third T20 matches will be played in Dubai on Friday and Sunday. Sarfraz Ahmed also praised an allround performance. Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi picked up two wickets each while Haasan Ali too chipped in with the key wicket of Ashton Agar, the second-highest scorer of the innings. This was exactly what Australia did not need after their bowlers - Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye (three wickets apiece) had fought back well to restrict Pakistan to 155.

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