Australia beat Pakistan by 10 wickets in the 3rd T20I to clinch the rain-affected series. How many of you would have thought that the World No.1 team in T20Is Pakistan will have to face such humiliation at the hands of Australia in the T20I series? Well, I know most of you would have thought that way.
Misbah Ul Haq, the chief selector and head coach of Pakistan Cricket Team, is taking the team in the same direction where he left earlier. The pathetic decision of ignoring the likes of Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and Mohammad Hafeez, and selecting Mohammad Rizwan, Imam Ul Haq, Haris Sohail, and Khushdil Shah has costed Pakistan. The negative mindset of Misbah Ul Haq is set to drag Pakistan to the bottom of ICC T20I Ranking before the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.
Coming back to the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Australia, the hosts won the toss and decided to bowl 1st. Pakistan team batted as worst as could be to post 106/8 in 20 overs. Iftikhar Ahmed was the only one who batted well for his 37-ball 45.
For Australia, it was like bowling to a street team. Kane Richardson picked up three wickets. Mitch Starc and Sean Abbott shared two scalps each, and Ashton Agar picked up one.
In the chase, Aaron Finch (52* off 36 balls)and David Warner (48 off 35 balls) slapped Pakistani bowlers all around the ground. Australia gunned down the target in 11.5 overs without losing any wicket.
It was Pakistan’s sixth continuous defeat in T20Is. Pakistan has not won even a single T20I since Misbah Ul Haq has taken charge as head coach and chief selector.
Pakistan will face Australia for two tests in a week. The scenario looks worse for Pakistan in the longest format.
Pakistan vs Australia 3rd T20I – What Did The Captains Say
Aaron Finch: Proud of the boys with the way we applied ourselves in the last couple of weeks. Each time we turn up at training, we are improving ourselves, and that is very important. The way that Agar bowled through this series and in the SL series was arguably our Man of the Series. He was just brilliant. We also kept getting wickets in the powerplays, Richardson, and the rest were unbelievable. We always talk about one of the top three batting deep and batting a majority of the overs. It’s nice to do it against a top team. We are growing as a team and, hopefully, some big things to come. The next thing for me is the Shield game and then the ODIs for Australia in India.
Babar Azam: I am Quite disappointed that we lost to a team like this. But we have learned a lot from this series, and we’ll take the positives and come back hard in the next series. I have learned a lot; there is a lot to learn, as well. Hopefully, I’ll apply it in the future. Musa and Hasnain were bowling quick. But Finch and Warner played well. We played them so that they can use this experience in the future. We have a three-day gap before the practice match, looking forward to the Test series.