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Imad stars as Pakistan thrash Australia

Imad stars as Pakistan thrash Australia

The tourists' run chase was only resurrected by bowlers Ashton Agar (19) and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who scored 34, with the pair helping them avoid their lowest score in Twenty20 worldwide cricket of 79 against England in 2005.

With 132 points, Pakistan stands atop in ICC T20I Rankings at the moment but it may lose the distinguished spot if unable to seal a single victory in three-match T20 series against Australia in UAE, beginning on Wednesday (PTV Sports Live).

Earlier, Pakistan were lifted by Babar and Mohammad Hafeez (39) as they added 73 for the second wicket in quick time.

Set a target of 156 after Aaron Finch elected to field in Abu Dhabi, Australia were bowled out in 16.5 overs for their equal third-lowest total in a T20 global.

Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile eased the pain of an embarrassing thrashing, partnering for 38 runs in seven overs before Pakistan cleaned up the tail-end.

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Had it not been for Hasan Ali's cameo 17 off 8 balls, Pakistan would not have even reached the 150 mark. Wasim dismantled Australia's top order with his left-arm spin in his first three overs to dismiss the visitors for 89 in 16.5 overs. Billy Stanlake (3/21) and Andrew Tye (3/24) were in great form and it seemed like Pakistan had thrown away the advantage. Faheem Ashraf (2/10) and Shaheen Afridi (2/23) shared four wickets between them.

"That Powerplay was horrific.it was like a vehicle crash in slow motion", Finch said at the post-match press conference".

An elated Sarfraz praised Pakistan's all-round performance. "I think we were a little bit one-dimensional while batting, but that´s a learning experience and I would say Pakistan have got a lot of variety in their bowling".

The second and third T20 internationals will be played in Dubai on Friday and Sunday. "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".

Aussie skipper Aaron Finch fell for a three-ball duck and big-hitting D'Arcy Short departed for four off two balls to leave Australia in a slight pickle at 2-5 at the end of the first over.