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Aaron Finch’s fifty- century leads Australia to a three-wicket victory over Pakistan in a one-off Twenty20 match

Ben McDermott flicked Haris Rauf to backward square leg for a boundary as captain Aaron Finch smashed 55 and anchored Australia to 163-7 with five balls to spare.

With a three-wicket victory in the one-off Twenty20, Australia completed its first tour to Pakistan in 24 years.

Ben McDermott flicked Haris Rauf to backward square leg for a boundary as captain Aaron Finch smashed 55 and anchored Australia to 163-7 with five balls to spare.

After Babar Azam continued his golden form and struck 66 off 46 balls when Finch won the toss and elected to field first, Nathan Ellis picked up 4-28 to help Pakistan recover to 162-8.

Ben McDermott flicked Haris Rauf to backward square leg for a boundary as captain Aaron Finch smashed 55 and anchored Australia to 163-7 with five balls to spare.

With a three-wicket victory in the one-off Twenty20, Australia completed its first tour to Pakistan in 24 years.

Ben McDermott flicked Haris Rauf to backward square leg for a boundary as captain Aaron Finch smashed 55 and anchored Australia to 163-7 with five balls to spare.

After Babar Azam continued his golden form and struck 66 off 46 balls when Finch won the toss and elected to field first, Nathan Ellis picked up 4-28 to help Pakistan recover to 162-8.

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After several players were rested from the white-ball series and Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith were ruled out due to injuries, Australia won the three-test series 1-0, its first in Pakistan since 1998, but lost the one-day series 2-1.

“”I thought our bowlers attacked that game fantastically,” said Finch, who entered the series finale after failing to score in the previous two ODIs against Pakistan.

“Nathan Ellis had a rocky start, but he showed a lot of heart. Everything we do revolves around the World Cup. This tour has seen a lot of great performances… it’s exciting to see so many young cricketers come on.” Travis Head, who hit a century in the first ODI, hit a quickfire 26 off 14 balls to help Australia get off to a flying start with Finch’s 40 off 21 deliveries.

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Josh Inglis, who missed the ODI series after testing positive for COVID-19, also made a quick 24 while Marcus Stoinis hit five boundaries in his 9-ball 23 against some erratic Pakistan bowling, particularly Hasan Ali, who gave up 30 runs in three overs without taking a wicket.

In consecutive overs, fast bowler Mohammad Wasim (2-30) clean bowled Stoinis and Cameron Green, but Australia made sure not to let the game slip away with some clinical hitting.

In his final over, Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-21) had Finch caught on the boundary and Sean Abbott clean bowled before McDermott sealed the game in the final over.

AUS vs PAK
AUS vs PAK

Pakistan lost their way after Green, one of Australia’s three debutants, broke the half-century opening stand by clean bowling Mohammad Rizwan (23) with an off-cutter. When Finch picked up Fakhar Zaman at mid-on after the left-hander played a hard drive off a low full toss, Green was on a hat trick.

When Babar, who hit six fours and two sixes in his 46-ball knock, was well caught at deep extra cover by Ellis in the 16th over, Adam Zampa put the brakes on Pakistan’s scoring rate.

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After several players were rested from the white-ball series and Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith were ruled out due to injuries, Australia won the three-test series 1-0, its first in Pakistan since 1998, but lost the one-day series 2-1.

“”I thought our bowlers attacked that game fantastically,” said Finch, who entered the series finale after failing to score in the previous two ODIs against Pakistan.

“Nathan Ellis had a rocky start, but he showed a lot of heart. Everything we do revolves around the World Cup. This tour has seen a lot of great performances… it’s exciting to see so many young cricketers come on.” Travis Head, who hit a century in the first ODI, hit a quickfire 26 off 14 balls to help Australia get off to a flying start with Finch’s 40 off 21 deliveries.

Josh Inglis, who missed the ODI series after testing positive for COVID-19, also made a quick 24 while Marcus Stoinis hit five boundaries in his 9-ball 23 against some erratic Pakistan bowling, particularly Hasan Ali, who gave up 30 runs in three overs without taking a wicket.

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In consecutive overs, fast bowler Mohammad Wasim (2-30) clean bowled Stoinis and Cameron Green, but Australia made sure not to let the game slip away with some clinical hitting.

In his final over, Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-21) had Finch caught on the boundary and Sean Abbott clean bowled before McDermott sealed the game in the final over.

Pakistan lost their way after Green, one of Australia’s three debutants, broke the half-century opening stand by clean bowling Mohammad Rizwan (23) with an off-cutter. When Finch picked up Fakhar Zaman at mid-on after the left-hander played a hard drive off a low full toss, Green was on a hat trick.

When Babar, who hit six fours and two sixes in his 46-ball knock, was well caught at deep extra cover by Ellis in the 16th over, Adam Zampa put the brakes on Pakistan’s scoring rate.

Usman Qadir’s quick 18 runs off debutant fast bowler Ben Dwarshuis’ (0-42) final over gave Pakistan a late flourish.

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