Imad stars as Pakistan thrash Australia

Arnold Nichols
October 27, 2018

Imad Wasim grabbed 3/20 on his return to worldwide cricket as Australia suffered a sensational batting collapse in their chase of 156 in the first T20I at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Only a fighting knock of 34 from Nathan Coulter-Nile, the last man out, ensured Australia didn´t succumb to their lowest T20 total.

None of Australia's top six batsmen even managed to cross 14.The visitors lost their first six wickets inside the Powerplay which the Australian captain Aaron Finch called "a auto crash in slow motion". Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Shah Afridi also picked up two wickets in the fixture. They crossed the 50-run mark in 7.1 overs and 100 in 12.3 overs when Mohammed Hafeez hoisted leg spinner Adam Zampa over the long-off fence.

Australia were skittled out for 89 in 16.5 overs - their joint-third lowest T20 score - as Pakistan registered their biggest T20 victory over Australia and improved upon the 45-run win they achieved in July at Harare.

"It was like a vehicle crash in slow motion".

Half-centuries by Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner helped Australia put up a total of 195 runs on the board in 20 overs.

Since Sarfraz took over the captaincy, Pakistan have won 23 of the 27 matches they have played - a momentum the skipper wants to maintain. "Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez batted beautifully and when we bowl we always try to take wickets when we have the ball in our hands".

Australia needed to win the series 3-nil to secure the number one T20 ranking, but now need to refocus ahead of the second clash in Dubai on Saturday.

"There was no luck there it was pretty embarrassing to be honest", Finch said.

Finch said the defeat was embarrassing.

Hafeez contributed 39 runs from 30 balls after hitting two fours and two sixes.

Pace duo Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) did the bulk of the damage, with Stanlake using his pace and height to devastating effect.

"I think when that many guys get bowled it's obviously alarming, particularly on a surface that didn't swing a hell of a lot".

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