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Pakistan saved by the rain as first T20I gets abandoned without a result
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Pakistan saved by the rain as first T20I gets abandoned without a result

In the rain-truncated game, Pakistan were asked to bat first and they faltered right away as Fakhar Zaman got dismissed without troubling the scorers by playing a reckless thwack that went straight into the hands of Steve Smith at point. Haris Sohail smoked a boundary off Mitchell Starc's first over but then later miscued a pull shot and departed on nine. 

Mohammad Rizwan didn't waste any time and was manoeuvring the ball into the gaps, his running between the wickets was lightning quick and he belted a few fours by capitalizing on spin bowling but he wasn't able to dominate the pacers and was dismissed on 31 off 33 balls.

Asif Ali cameo only lasted for 10 balls where he amassed 11 runs before getting holed out to long-on fielder where Ashton Agar pouched a skier with ease.

Babar Azam was under the scanner as this was his first T20I match after assuming the role of captaincy. He showed signs of caution because he was not going for the big shots in the powerplay. The number one ranked batsman accelerated after the powerplay and thumped a fifty but after the rain resumption, there were only 14 balls left and nobody could tee off.

Pakistan got to a modest 107/5 and Australia were hurtling towards that target before the rain came down to save Pakistan - only by a whisker - as Australia needed 11 more deliveries for a result - which would have been in their favour because they were far ahead on the DLS score.

Aaron Finch and David Warner started off the proceedings in their typical belligerent style and shredded Pakistan's bowling attack like they have been doing against Sri Lanka.

As Wahab Riaz remarked the incessant rain as 'blessing in disguise', he couldn't have encapsulated the situation better before going off the field as Pakistan would take a 'No Result' gleefully, given they were getting hammered by the threatening Australia opening pair.  

Both teams will face off again in Canberra on Tuesday for the second match of the series.