Pakistan’s batting display didn’t improve much in Australia as a below par total allowed the hosts to register a victory in the second game of the three-match T20I series. After winning the toss, the green team decided to bat first. Apart from Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmad, no one impressed, thus allowing Pakistan to score only 150 runs.
Defending a low total on a good wicket, the boys in green needed early wickets and it happened with both openers back in hurt inside the power-play overs.
However, Steve Smith had no plans to see his team going down in Canberra. After losing skipper Aaron Finch, the 30-year old took charge to muster his 4th half-century in the shortest format of the game.
Playing both spin and pace equally well, the arduous cricketer scored unbeaten 80 runs using only 51 balls. He smashed 11 fours and a solitary six to up the ante of his innings. For a special batting effort, it was only natural to see Smith flying away with the player of the match award.