Imad spins Pakistan to victory against Australia in first Twenty20

Pakistan celebrate after beating Australia in the T20I series

Pakistan celebrate after beating Australia in the T20I series

Apart from these duo, none could contribute much and the end Babar alone dragged Pakistan to a more than a fighting score of 155 runs.

Finch's side were bundled out for 89 in the first Twenty20 global against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi with Sarfraz Ahmed's side reducing them to 22 for six in the sixth over.

A youthful Pakistan crushed Australia by 66 runs in the first Twenty20 global in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Beth Mooney, who donned the role of a finisher in the ODI series, opened alongside Alyssa Healy and helped Australia get off to a flying start. Nathan Coulter-Nile's 34 helped Australia go past its previous lowest T20 score of 79 made against England at Southampton in 2005 before he was the last man to be dismissed.

"That powerplay was horrific. It was carnage. It was like a auto crash in slow motion", Finch told reporters after his side crumbled at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

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The other players who sat out the first match were Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc, the latter nursing the hamstring problem he picked up in the second Test, but Finch said the bowlers held their own in Abu Dhabi. Wasim was well backed by Faheem Ashraf who bowled the risky Glenn Maxwell for 2.

Now, as the attention shifts to the second T20, Australia find themselves once again chasing a series and look to avoid a series defeat when they take on Pakistan in Dubai on Friday. "The batting was very bad". By the fourth over another key wicket was taken by Pakistan when Glenn Maxwell had his middle stump disturbed by Faheem Ashraf.

White-ball superstar Babar Azam finished unbeaten on 68 while Mohammad Hafeez crunched two sixes on the way to 39. He praised the number one ranked T20I side in the world while also calling Australia's batting approach cocky. "We got the better off them in the first game but they battled back in the last two".

FPJ's dream XI prediction: Sarfraz Ahmed, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, D'Arcy Short, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake and Hasan Ali.

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