Pakistan vs Australia: Chris Lynn confident of his team’s chances in the T20I series
Lynn believes that UAE is catching up with Afghanistan cricket.
Updated - Oct 23, 2018 1:40 pm
Australia lost the two-match Test series against Pakistan by 1-0 in the two-match series. However, the team will be hoping for a change of fortunes when they meet the same opposition in three T20 Internationals starting October 24. But before facing the number 1 team the in shortest format, the Aussies played the host nation, the United Arab Emirates in a one-off T20I match. Their opener Chris Lynn was instrumental about his team’s chances after an impressive victory against the UAE.
The visitors won the game comfortably by seven wickets chasing a meagre 118. The hosts, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, only managed to get 117 runs on the board in 20 overs. Courtesy an unbeaten 53-ball 68 from D’Arcy Short, the Aussies gunned down the target in just 16.1 overs.
UAE needs to find someone like Rashid Khan
Chris Lynn, talking about the fixture against the UAE, said that it was beneficial for them to play a proper game before the Pakistan series. “I reckon it’s awesome,” Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “We’re coming up against the No.1 T20 side in the world so we want to make sure we get momentum early in the series. There’s no better way to do that than having a proper fixture.”
He further added that it was a wonderful opportunity for the hosts to get to be known on the world stage. The 28-year-old said that UAE isn’t far behind Afghanistan. He wants them to unearth someone like a Rashid Khan, someone who can be picked in the IPL.
“We’ve seen Afghanistan over the last couple of years and some of the players that have come out of that – like Rashid Khan – are unbelievable. The UAE’s not that far behind them so I think they’ve got a great opportunity now to get known on the world stage. If one or two blokes can get picked up in the IPL that will be great for UAE cricket,” he added.