PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Australia defeated Pakistan by 10 wickets in the third and final T20. With this victory, Australia also clinched the three-match T20I series, winning it 2-0. After being asked to bat first, the tourists lost wickets at regular intervals and were restricted to 106/8. Iftikhar Ahmed's 45 was the only resistance by Pakistan in a repeat performance of poor batting against quality bowling, led by Kane Richardson who took three wickets. Iftikhar Ahmed scored 45 runs from 37 balls. Opener ul-Haq, in for out-of-form Fakhar Zaman, didn't fare much better. In reply, skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner's unbeaten stand helped the hosts to wrapped up the contest with 49 balls to spare. While Finch completed his half-century (52), Warner remained unbeaten on 48 from 32 deliveries. For Australia, Kane Richardson took 3 wickets, while Sean Abbott and Mitchell Starc finished with two wickets each. The Aussie fast bowlers have been in their best form in the format and the spinners have backed them up ably too. Australia look set up nicely for next year’s T20 World Cup, not to mention the upcoming Test series.
On the 3rd T20 between Australia and Pakistan, host team Australian pacers bowlers played very well. Mitchel Starc, Sean Abbott and Kane Richardson conserved only 61 runs from 12 overs and took 7 wickets. Kane Richardson took 3 important wickets. Sean Abbott becomes the man of the match who took 2 wickets and conserved only 14 runs from 4 overs. On the other hand, bouncy pitch, Finch and Warner showed no pity in reply, exposing Pakistan's young and fragile attack. Pakistan made four changes with Imam ul-Haq and Mohammad Hasnain coming in and debuts handed to batsman Khushdil Shah and bowler Muhammad Musa. Pakistan are the top ranked team in T20 cricket, but with new captain Babar Azam and coach Misbah-ul-Haq in charge, they’ve been a far cry from the performances that saw them rise to the top.
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