Twitter Reactions: Stanlake and Finch help Australia break their eight-match losing streak

Twitter Reactions: Stanlake and Finch help Australia break their eight-match losing streak

Aaron Finch scored 68 runs from 33 balls with six sixes.

Australia v Pakistan
Travis Head of Australia bats. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

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.

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