Australia cruised to victory over Pakistan in the 2nd T20I by seven wickets to take the lead in the series. Steve Smith master class led the way for the hosts to chase down a below-par total comfortably.
In the 1st T20I, the rain came in to rescue Pakistan from a humiliating defeat, but unfortunately, in the second T20I, there was no rain at all. Australian bowlers and Steve Smith made sure that they take a comfortable lead in the series against the weather-dependent Pakistan.
In the 2nd T20I, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss and asked Australia to bowl first. Fakhar Zaman, as usual, departed early, so did Haris Sohail. Mohammad Rizwan came in at No.4 and slowed down the run rate further. Asif Ali slogged one into the hands of long-on.
Babar Azam could only watch all the drama at the non-strikers’ end until the rampant Iftikhar Ahmed arrived in and gave it a go. Iftikhar Ahmed’s 34-ball 62* and Babar Azam’s 39-ball 50 helped Pakistan to reach an unlikely 150/6 in 20 overs.
For Australia, Ashton Agar was the pick of the bowlers. He picked up two wickets for 23 runs in 4 overs. Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson picked one scalp each.
In the chase, the Aussie looked in total control; mainly thanks to Mohammad Irfan and Imad Wasim mediocre bowling. The couple leaked 25 runs in the opening two overs before Mohammad Amir cleaned up David Warner with a beauty. Mohammad picked up a rare wicket in the last over of the powerplay to restrict Australia to 48/2 after the first six overs.
After the departure of Australian skipper, in came the master at his work, Steve Smith. The star batsman finished the game single-handedly. He remained unbeaten on 80 off 51 balls which meant Australia won the match by seven wickets and nine balls remaining.
Pakistan vs Australia 2nd T20I – What Did The Captains Say
Aaron Finch: Very pleasing. We were excellent today. Getting wickets consistently was pleasing. Got guys like Steve, who does what he does best. I think at times our execution at the death could have been better. The shots that Davey and I played also weren’t great either.
Babar Azam: Credit goes to Steve Smith. He took the game away with a magnificent inning. Very disappointed. We didn’t bat well in the powerplay. Iftikhar gets the credit for the knock he played. I love the wickets here as the wickets are pretty accurate. I enjoy batting here.
Pakistan will take on Australia in the 3rd final T20I of the series on November 7. Men In Green will have to win the match to live up to the expectations of their fans. On the other hand, Australia will make sure that they seal the series with a victory.