Twitter Reactions: Pakistan annihilate Finch and Co to end their league phase on a positive note

Twitter Reactions: Pakistan annihilate Finch and Co to end their league phase on a positive note

Following Aaron Finch's wicket, the Aussies couldn't garner momentum back into their innings.

The match between Australia and Pakistan at the Harare Sports Club didn’t have much significance as far as the event is concerned. While Pakistan wished to end the league phase on a high, Aaron Finch’s men wanted to roll them over for the second time. In the end, it was the Green Army which emerged victorious by a significant 45 runs and move to the top of the table with three wins.

Fakhar leads the way

The Aussies won the toss and elected to field first and got off to an impressive start as Jhye Richardson nipped out Haris Sohail in the second over. However, Fakhar Zaman and Hussain Talat put on a partnership of 72 runs from 47 balls to bring their team back into the contest. Zaman scored his second fifty of the event and eventually scored 73 runs with nine fours and three sixes.

Talat also chipped in with a useful 30 runs, but Sarfraz Ahmed, the skipper, again floundered. After the captain’s dismissal, Shoaib Malik joined Zaman and chipped in with 27 runs at a handy strike rate of 180. Asif Ali was belligerent in the first match and he telecasted the same form with a knock of 37 runs from 18 balls which took the Men in Green to 194 runs. For Australia, Andrew Tye picked up three wickets.

Afridi shine with the ball

The run-chase started on a steady note for the Men in Yellow as D’Arcy Short and Aaron Finch put 29 runs in 26 balls. Shaheen Afridi delivered the body blow with the wicket of Finch in the fifth over. Travis Head spanked one boundary and fell prey to Faheem Ashraf. Glenn Maxwell drooped yet another time and became Afridi’s second victim. Shadab Khan picked up Nic Maddinson in the 10th over.

With 128 runs required in the last ten overs, the Yellow Army found themselves in all sorts of trouble. Short’s 34-ball 28 runs vigil was ended by Afridi. Alex Carey churned out some lusty blows in the latter phase of the match, but the required rate kept escalating and went out of their control.  Carey smacked two fours and as many sixes, but couldn’t pull off a miracle.

Here is how Twitter reacted