As expected, the rain disrupted the 1st T20I between Australia and Pakistan. After a couple of small interruptions, it arrived with the full force, and the match had to be called off by the ICC Match referee.
‘Rain A Blessing In Disguise’ For Pakistan Against Australia In The 1st T20I
The rain ruined the day for Australia, but it was a blessing in disguise for Pakistan as the hosts were motoring along nicely.
Australian skipper Aaron Finch asked Pakistan to have a bat after winning the toss. Pakistan’s Left-handed opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was removed for a golden duck in the very first over of Mitchell Starc. Haris Sohail also perished for 4. Mohammad Rizwan came in and put a 50-plus stand with the skipper Babar Azam.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam once again proved with the bat why he was No.1 T20I batsman. The star batsman remained unbeaten on 59 off 38 balls with five 4’s and two 6’s. None other batsmen could come to the party along with the captain. As soon as Pakistan gained a little bit of momentum, the rain arrived. Pakistan were 88/3 in 12.4 at that stage. Babar Azam and Asif Ali were looking for a safe total, but the rain interruption didn’t go well for the visitors. The match was reduced to 15-overs per side. Pakistan finished at 105/6 in 15 overs.
The revised target, according to DLS method for Australia, was 119 in 15 overs. Australian captain Aaron Finch came all guns blazing. Australia was 41/0 after 3.1 overs when the rain arrived again. The Aussie skipper took charge to the comeback man Mohammad Irfan and smacked him for 26 runs off his first over. The target was looking a cake walk for the Aussie, but the nature had other plans. The rain kept pouring down continuously until the match referee had to call it off.
Now both the teams will head to Manuka Oval, Canberra for the 2nd T20I of the series which will be played on November 5. Pakistani fans will hope for a better show off from their team in the 2nd match of the series.