DUBAI (AFP) – Australia put on a clinical performance to beat Pakistan by six wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international in Dubai on Sunday.
Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell took a career best (3-13) and debutant Cameron Boyce (2-10) as Australia condemned Pakistan to their fifth lowest Twenty20 international total of 96-9 in 20 overs.
Australia knocked off the target for the loss of four wickets in 14 overs with opener David Warner hitting a robust 39-ball 53 not out with four fours and three sixes.
Warner reverse-swept Sohaib Maqsood for a big six to complete the only half-century of the match in a low-scoring game, much to the disappointment of a packed Eid holiday crowd.
Pakistan did make some inroads while defending their low total, with left-arm spinner Raza Hasan (2-17) dismissing skipper Aaron Finch (five) and Steve Smith (three) in an incisive four-over spell but that was not enough.
Maxwell hit three boundaries in his 17 before he fell to Shahid Afridi but Warner and James Faulkner (seven not out) saw Australia home.
Finch, captaining the Twenty20 side for the first time, was delighted at the win.
“It’s really nice, the way we started with the ball set the tone for the game. We got lucky with a couple but it’s really nice to win like that,” said Finch.
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis blamed poor batting for his team’s loss.
“I am not worried over the loss because it was a one-off match and we had a very inexperienced batting side which didn’t come good,” said Waqar.
Pakistan were missing key spinners Saeed Ajmal (suspended for an illegal bowling action) and Mohammad Hafeez (injury) but they failed yet again in their batting.