Twitter Reactions: Stanlake and Finch help Australia break their eight-match losing streak
Aaron Finch scored 68 runs from 33 balls with six sixes.
Updated - Jul 2, 2018 4:40 pm
After annihilating Zimbabwe in the first match, the Pakistan team was brimming with confidence and were up against Australia who hadn’t won an international match in the last three months. The match was expected to be a closely-fought one, but it ultimately turned out to be one-sided as the Aussies romped home to victory by nine wickets. They also won their first match since the infamous ball-tampering issue in March.
Stanlake crushes Sarfraz’s men
Aaron Finch and the Aussies won the toss and elected to field first and, the decision immediately paid dividends as Billy Stanlake nipped out Mohammad Hafeez in the very first over. Stanlake picked up his next wicket in the form of Hussain Talat in his very next over followed by the prized scalp of Fakhar Zaman, last match’s top-scorer for the Men in Green. Sarfraz Ahmed floundered as well.
The Pakistanis were reduced to 24/4 in 6.2 overs as Stanlake’s spell of 4-0-8-4 ripped the heart out of their batting. Shoaib Malik and youngster tried hard to bring the inning back on track, but Malik perished to a horrendous run out to leave Sarfraz’s men five-down inside 10 overs. In the end, it was a couple of gutsy knocks of 29 and 21 from Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf that lifted Pakistan to 116.
Finch shepherds his troopsto victory
Sarfraz Ahmed and his boys needed something stupendous to restrict them, but D’Arcy Short and Finch ensured that their opponents were denied a comeback. The left-handed Short spanked three boundaries before eventually perishing to Hasan Ali. However, the skipper Finch continued the assault on the bowlers and brought up his ninth T20I half-century in 27 balls. The Aussies scored 60 runs inside the power-play.
Travis Head, who came in after the fall of Short’s wicket didn’t blaze away but ensured that he stayed with Finch till the final run was scored. Finch was rather ballistic in his knock and cleared the boundaries as many as six times to score 68 runs from 33 balls, which won the match for his team home in a convincing manner with 55 balls to spare. Meanwhile, the Aussies also moved to the top of the table ahead of Pakistan with a net tun-rate of five.
Here is how Twitter reacted
Good wake up call,below par in all aspects today #PAKvAUS
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) July 2, 2018
— Zoraiz Aftab (@XoraixAftab) July 2, 2018
I underestimated aussies
I think pakistan team underestimated them
& we all know the results
This australian team is not finished yet
They have won their first game single handedly against no.1 side
Billy stanlake is rare talent#PAKvAUS #TriSeries #AUSvPAK
— Nabeel 🇵🇰 (@Its_Nabeel_S) July 2, 2018
Billy Stanlake took the bowling responsibility.
Aaron Finch took the batting responsibility.
Game Finished. Well done aussies.
— SatwikMathangi 🌟 (@seven_week) July 2, 2018
#AUSvPAK I became ashame to say, this is the world number one team.
— Umair Ali (@umairali453) July 2, 2018
— Captain Marvellous (@Marvellous_Capt) July 2, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 2, 2018
I want an India vs Pakistan T20I now, desperately! 💯#AUSvPAK
— Jaanvi 🏏 (@ThatCricketBuff) July 2, 2018
— Kaukab Abid (@Kaukab_Abid) July 2, 2018
— Sparsh Bhardwaj🇮🇳 (@iamSBhardwaj) July 2, 2018
— Rishabh Gupta (@rishabhgupta591) July 2, 2018
We won a game… wow #AUSvPAK
— Peta 🏏 (@crickettragic33) July 2, 2018
#AUSvPAk Pakistan won against ZIM, IRELAND, KENEYA. Pakistan can, t win against big teams, why so called experts don't think.
— Umair Ali (@umairali453) July 2, 2018
— Abijith Kishan Kotamarthy (@abijith_kishan) July 2, 2018
So it’s a right picture of Pakistani Team. Who claims no 1 Team in T20. Reality is this that they didn’t play maximum matches with strong Teams @iramizraja @waqyounis99 @shoaib100mph .
Against @CricketAus their reality wil come out in this series. Hope they wil perform
— Raj Rohit (@rjrohit6545) July 2, 2018