Pakistan score 155-8 in first T20 against Australia

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Australia was dismissed for 89 runs in 16.5 overs.

Abu Dhabi: Opener Babar Azam struck an unbeaten 68 while spinner Imad Wasim capped a return to worldwide cricket with three wickets as Pakistan crushed Australia by 66 runs in their opening T20 match in Abu Dhabi. This is their third lowest Twenty20 global score. Aaron Finch departed in the first over without scoring and that set the tone for a history-making powerplay.

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

Australia's hopes of taking the lead in the three-match series were soon over as they made a horrendous start to their reply, slumping to 22-6 with spinning all-rounder Imad taking 3-20 in his first global for a year.

The likes of Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf and Sarfraz Ahmed will want to pitch in a bit more in the coming games especially if the top-order fails to fire.

The second and third T20 internationals will be played in Dubai on Friday and Sunday. We do have a lot of experience in the team and some good players.

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Babar Azam got Pakistan's innings off to a decent start, carrying his bat for 68 off 55 balls (five fours, one six), and adding 73 for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (39 off 30, two fours, two sixes).

Hafeez was rattled on the helmet by Stanlake early in his knock before taking a stride down the track to smash Ashton Agar for six and Babar ticked along fluently, reaching his half-century off 42 balls. Losing 6 wickets for only 22 runs, Australia were in absolutely tatters.

The Pakistan bowlers all got among the wickets, with Imad Wasim (3-20), Faheem Ashraf (2-10) and Shaheen Afridi (2-23) returning the best figures. He praised the number one ranked T20I side in the world while also calling Australia's batting approach cocky.

Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) struck in quick succession, but Hasan Ali (17 not out) smashed two fours and a six in Coulter-Nile's last over which lifted the Pakistan total.

"Our bowling attack is good, so we try to put some runs on the board and back ourselves to defend", said Sarfraz.