Pakistan vs Australia in Zimbabwe | 5th T20 | 2108 | Latest Updates
The 5th T20 cricket match played between Pakistan vs Australia in Zimbabwe at Harare.
Pakistan beats Australia by 45 runs and takes a successful revenge of the defeat they faced in the 2nd match. After winning the toss, Australia elected to bowl first. It was a one-sided fight between the two teams. However, it was a spirited inning of Fakhar Zaman and Asif Ali with the bat that provided them with a solid first inning total of 194 runs.
Batting first Pakistan, Haris Sohail got caught out on the first bowl off the first over he faced by Jhye Richardson. Whereas, Fakhar Zaman and Hussain Talat tried to build the inning from there but had a super partnership of 80 runs between them. Therefore, Pakistan started well after an initial setback. Furthermore, Fakhar Zaman looked in his best form. He scored 73 runs off just 42 balls hitting 3 sixes and 9 fours. Also, Hussain Talat made 30 runs off 25 balls. Whereas, Asif Ali playing consistently good inning proved successful yet one more time. He contributed 37 runs off 18 balls not out. However, except Shoaib Malik other batsmen like captain Sarfraz, Faheem Ashraf didn’t score as per their potential. Therefore, Pakistan was able to post a target of 195 runs in 20 overs for Australia.
Billy Stanlake was the most economical bowler for Australia. He bowled 4 overs giving just 30 runs. Furthermore, Andre Tye bowled 4 overs giving 35 runs and taking 3 wickets. Also, Jhye Richardson bowled 4 overs giving 43 runs and taking 2 wickets.
Pakistan vs Australia in Zimbabwe | Fakhar Zaman Won Man of the Match
Chasing a target of 195 runs Australian opener D Arcy Short got bowled by Shaheen Afridi after scoring slow 28 runs off 34 balls. Whereas, Aaron Finch also got out after quick scoring 16 runs off 11 balls. Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, and Nic Maddison couldn’t stand against the Pakistan bowling attack and got out quickly. However, wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey played an aggressive inning of 37 runs off just 24 balls not out. He hit 2 fours and 2 sixes in total. But, it was too little too late. Australia ended their inning with 149 for 7 in their 20 overs. Thus, Pakistan was able to take a revenge for the defeat they faced in their 2nd match.
Pakistan bowlers learned their mistakes from the 2nd match and were aggressive from the very start. Mohammad Amir was the most economical bowler. He bowled 4 overs giving 25 runs and taking 1 wicket. Shabad Khan and Usman Khan bowled 4 overs each giving 26 runs each and taking 1 wicket each. Whereas, Shaheen Afridi was the most wicket taking bowler as well as the most expensive bowler. He bowled 4 overs for 37 runs and 3 wickets.