Australia back to winning ways

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 02, 2018 06:03 PM IST

Harare: Australia registered their first win in any format since the Newlands ball-tampering scandal by comprehensively defeating Pakistan by nine wickets and 55 balls to spare in the second match of the T20 Tri-series in which Zimbabwe is also involved at Harare.

Billy Stanlake was the star for Australia who made the most on a dry surface and  blasted out the top-four Pakistani batsmen in a spell of 4 for 8, helped by three fine catches from his captain Aaron Finch, who had granted his young spearhead the chance to bowl first by winning the toss and kept him going for four consecutive overs. Pakistan were all out for a mere total of 116.

Chasing a mere 117, Finch, D'Arcy Short and Travis Head ensured that they reach the target within 11 overs to notch up their first win after eight consecutive losses.

Having trounced hosts Zimbabwe in the tournament opener on Sunday, Sarfraz Ahmed named an unchanged team to tackle the Australians. However they were no match to the Australians.

Speaking after the loss Pakistan captain Sarfaraz said "The total is important here. If you lose too many wickets early, You can't survive in the match. Credit goes to them, he (Stanlake) got pace, especially the first four overs and he found bounce as well. Time to work hard, hopefully we will come back well next game,"

Australian skipper Finch said that they came here to win and credited his quicks for the victory "We played really well, the tone that our bowlers set after winning the toss was fantastic. We have been training well. The quicks bowled really aggressive, I hung onto a couple and it was nice. At times, we are chasing a reasonable small total, one or two overs can break the game. When you chasing at 4 or 5 runs an over, it becomes easy."

"We had a pretty disappointing tour of UK and  it was challenging  to get out here and perform . My role is to be aggressive upfront and try to take wickets with the new ball. Hopefully, I can keep doing my best.  It was nice to get off to a great start," said Billy Stanlake who was adjudged the man of the match.