Australia's collapse a "car crash" says Aaron Finch

Fakhar Zaman

Imad Wasim's performance with the ball helped Pakistan thrash Australia by 66 runs in the first Twenty20 worldwide in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The three-match series kicked off at Abu Dhabi, with its all-rounders, all itching to take on the opposition in the shortest format. It is also their third-lowest score ever in T20 internationals, right behind their 79 runs against England in 2005 at Southampton and 86 runs against India in 2014. By the fourth over another key wicket was taken by Pakistan when Glenn Maxwell had his middle stump disturbed by Faheem Ashraf.

Australia's stunning batting collapse at Abu Dhabi in the first T20 worldwide against Pakistan was very similar to that of a "vehicle crashing in a slow motion" according to their skipper Aaron Finch.

Put into bat, Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman in the fifth over after he edged it to Nathan Coulter-Nile at short cover off Billy Stanlake.

Babar held the Pakistan innings together as the hosts reached 155-8, before left arm spinner Imad claimed 3-20 in four overs in his first game in over a year as Australia were bowled out for 89.

The trophy was designed in honour of the T20 series sponsors, biscuit-maker TUC, with captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Aaron Finch posing light-heartedly with the trophy ahead of the start of the series on Thursday.




"There was no luck there it was pretty embarrassing to be honest", Finch said.

"That Powerplay was horrific.it was like a auto crash in slow motion", Finch said. "I think when that many guys get bowled it's obviously alarming, particularly on a flat surface that didn't swing a hell of a lot".

Set 156 to win after Pakistan posted 8/155 from its 20 overs, led by Babar Azam's 68 not out and 39 from Mohammad Hafeez, Australia was never in the hunt. Including Hafeez's dismissal, Australia had hit back by picking up seven wickets for the addition of just 28 runs.

Finch suggested that the performance was so poor that changes would be considered for the second match in Dubai although the only top-order switch that could be made would be to bring Mitchell Marsh into the side.

Billy Stanlake (3/21) and Andrew Tye (3/24) were in great form and it seemed like Pakistan had thrown away the advantage.

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