PAK vs AUS, 2nd T20I, Pakistan v Australia Twenty20 Series in UAE 2018, 26 Oct 2018
Pakistan won by 11 runs
BALL BY BALL
D A Short
Ov 20: 6 1 W 2 W 2 ( 11 Runs, 2 Wkts )
19.6 - S Afridi to A Tye
Length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, run save by Zaman, fielded by Malik. Pakistan have gone 2-0 up in their T20I series against Australia with one match remaining after a tense 11 run victory in Dubai. Sarfraz Ahmed followed a very similar game plan to Wednesday night after winning the toss and electing to bat. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez formed another classy partnership but the men in green never really got away from the Aussies, struggling to find the fence through the middle overs. Faheem Ashraf provided some late fireworks to boost the total, before opening the bowling in partnership with Imad Wasim to great effect. The moment of the night came when Fakhar Zaman pulled off an audacious run out, nailing the stumps direct with a no-look backhanded-flick. Aaron Finch's side meandered along at a sluggish rate until Glenn Maxwell went beserk to give them a slim chance. However, with 23 required from the final over Pakistan were always favourites and young Shaheen Afridi held his composure to seal the win. The series concludes on Sunday evening with Australia looking for a consolation victory.
19.5 - S Afridi to N Nile
Shaheen Afridi to Nathan Coulter-Nile. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep cover, by Ali. Straight to the man in the deep, Coulter-Nile can't be the hero for Australia. He got a decent piece of it but the man was positioned perfectly to gobble it up.
19.4 - S Afridi to N Nile
Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, in the air under control to third man for 2 runs, fielded by Hafeez.
19.3 - S Afridi to G Maxwell
Shaheen Afridi to Glenn Maxwell. Off cutter length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to mid on, by Malik. Finally Pakistan manage to catch Maxwell and with it they have this match in the bag. The right-hander had no choice but to try and smash this to the boundary but it went straight up. Malik had a long time to think about it but the veteran held his nerve to spark wild celebrations.
19.2 - S Afridi to N Nile
Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Ashraf.
19.1 - S Afridi to N Nile
Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Oh my word that's gone miles! Coulter-Nile won't have ever hit one as big as that before. What a time to produce such a sweet strike.
Ov 19: 1 1 1 6 1 0 ( 10 Runs )
18.6 - H Ali to G Maxwell
Slower ball short, outside off stump backing away, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Ahmed.
18.5 - H Ali to N Nile
Half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Ashraf.
18.4 - H Ali to N Nile
Slower ball short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Coulter-Nile is continuing his batting form from Wednesday night. He dispatches this one with disdain to keep the Aussies alive and fighting.
18.3 - H Ali to G Maxwell
Back of a length, outside off stump backing away cutting, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep point for 1 run, dropped catch by Khan. Fantastic effort in the deep but Shadab can't quite get his fingers underneath it. Would've been an incredible take.
18.2 - H Ali to N Nile
Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Zaman.
18.1 - H Ali to G Maxwell
Back of a length, outside off stump backing away cutting, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Khan.
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