Twitter Reactions: Warner, Finch and bowlers plunder Pakistan in Perth
It's was Pakistan's eighth T20I defeat in 10 matches in 2019 with only one win.
Updated - Nov 8, 2019 5:04 pm
Australia have started their summer on a grand note. Following their 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka, the Aaron Finch-led unit has now inflicted Pakistan with a 2-0 defeat with a win in Perth by 10 wickets. It could have been six out of six for the Aussies, but the rain abandoned game at the SCG denied them a victory. On the other hand, Pakistan remained clueless and hapless for most part of the T20I series.
Iftikhar wages a lone battle
Pakistan’s batting was more of a stop-start journey. After being put in to bat first, the visitors could only manage 106, batting out their 20 overs. Babar Azam started with a four, but Mitchell Starc trapped him with a full-length ball. In the very next ball, Starc cleaned up Mohammad Rizwan for a golden duck. The move to replace Fakhar Zaman with Imam-ul-Haq didn’t work out either.
Debutant Khushdil Shah got out to Kane Richardson. Amidst the chaos, Iftikhar Ahmed carried his form from the game in Canberra. The right-hander played an excellent knock of 45 off 37 with six fours to take Pakistan’s score into the three-digits mark. For the hosts, Richardson was the standout bowler with three wickets. Sean Abbott, replacing Adam Zampa, returned with two wickets.
Effortless for Australia
Babar and Co had to churn out early wickets in order to make any sort of a comeback. But Aaron Finch (52*) and David Warner (48) fizzled the spirit of the Pakistan bowlers with their attacking stroke-play. The duo played their strokes freely and amassed 56 runs in the mandatory powerplay. Muhammad Musa bowled with sheer pace, but it worked to the advantage of the hosts’ batters.
Finch and Warner made the run-chase a completely one-sided affair. Mohammad Hasnain was the most frugal bowler for Pakistan on the day. Finch hit Musa down the ground for a four to help the Aussies chase down the target with 49 balls to spare. The skipper also brought up his fifty off 36 balls. Warner’s knock was laced with four fours and a couple of massive blows into the stands.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Australia’s dominating series victory
You can define the word 'clueless' with whats going on right now.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 8, 2019
Finchy opening up that stance, freeing up those hands, much like Steve Smith.
Bowlers been doing this for years, glad to see these guys copying us 😉
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) November 8, 2019
Misbah finding the wrong ends of T20Is, again. #AUSvPAK
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) November 8, 2019
— Aninda Sarkar🇮🇳 (@anindasarkar_) November 8, 2019
#AUSvPAK I agree that Babar should concentrate on his batting but with burden of Captaincy he will suffer, this is not for every player, we need a a strong captain character/personality, wordily wise..
— Zafar Raja (@ZR786) November 8, 2019
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) November 8, 2019
Pakistan🇵🇰 vs Australia🇦🇺 in Australia since Jan 2010 (all formats)
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) November 8, 2019
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) November 8, 2019
61 dot balls out of 120… Pakistani batsmen drinking dot balls…
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) November 8, 2019
Pakistan last 10 T20Is:
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 8, 2019
People says what @SarfarazA_54 has done for Pakistan?
Answer: Even if Pakistan losses today, they will still remain on number 1 in the ICC T20 Rankings.#AUSvsPAK
— M Furqan Bhatti (@Furqan013) November 8, 2019
misbah may need to discuss with misbah to convince misbah to come out of retirement #AUSvsPAK
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 8, 2019
One thing is a MUST. Sharjeel Khan HAS to come back into this team as soon as he is available. #AUSvsPAK
— Haroon (@hazharoon) November 8, 2019
— Awais Rao (@raoawais44) November 8, 2019
— Muhammad Israr Khoso (@Israrkhoso3) November 8, 2019
— Asad ali sheikh🇵🇰 (@Asadalisheikh4) November 8, 2019
— Parth Baxi (@BaxiParth) November 8, 2019
Bobby has saved his best buddy Shadab Khan from a possible hammering and an exit ticket from the T20 side.
I need a friend like Bobby in my life too! #AUSvPAK
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) November 8, 2019
— ALI HAIDER CHEEMA (🇵🇰) (@MrAli_Haider) November 8, 2019