Leher Reddy Challuri DP1
A better batting display from Pakistan meant nothing as a Steve Smith's masterclass took Australia home safely by 7 wickets and a series victory, as they lead the series 2-0.
Opting to bat, Babar Azam smacked some boundaries to get Pakistan going, but Fakhar Zaman’s dismissal in the 4th over pegged them back. Haris Sohail fell in the very next over. Babar continued to score, but Pakistan lost Mohammad Rizwan and Asif Ali within three overs.
After a slow start, Ifthikar Ahmed hit the ball hard. Right after getting to his fifty, Babar Azam was run out. Ifthikar was dropped in the 17th over, and proceeded to finish the innings strongly by taking Kane Richardson for 22 runs in the 19th over. The innings ended with Imad Wasim run out for 150-6.
Ashton Agar picked up 2 wickets and Pat Cummins got 1. Kane Richardson also got himself 1 wicket, but was really expensive.
Both the openers took the attack to the pacers, but David Warner’s dismissal in the 3rd over held them back. Aaron Finch departed soon after as well. Steve Smith, very much unlike him, came out with a bang. He cut, drove, slogged, flicked, and chipped all across the ground and played at a high strike rate.
Ben McDermott’s slow innings came to an end in the 13th over, with a review not being able to save him. Smith continued along, playing some creative shots off his backfoot to take Australia to victory in the 19th over.
Mohammad Irfan, Imad Wasim, and Mohammad Amir picked up a wicket each, but the latter two were expensive, far from the standards they have set for themselves.
Australia have already bagged the series, but will they be able to whitewash Pakistan or will they hit back for the last game?
Babar Azam: 50 (38)
Ifthikar Ahmed: 62* (34)
Pat Cummins: 1-19 (4)
Ashton Agar: 2-23 (4)
Steve Smith: 80* (51)
Mohammad Irfan: 1-27 (4)
Imad Wasim: 1-34 (4)
Mohammad Amir: 1-32 (3.3)