Rain washes out 1st T20I between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney

Pakistan's Babar Azam 59* today
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Persistent rain washes out  first T20I between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney earlier today.

Match Summary

Australia 41 - 0 (Aaron Finch 37*)

Pakistan 107 - 5 (Babar Azam 59*;  Mitchell Starc 2-22 , Kane Richardson 2-16)

Result - No Result (D/L)

Scorecard

Australia  seemed to be on track for a win at 41-0 in 3.1 overs, chasing a revised D/L target of 119 from 15 overs, when the rain came again to frustrate them.

Earlier Pakistan had posted 107-5 ,in 15 overs, with Babar Azam top scoring with 59* - Australian bowlers  Mitchell Starc 2-22 and Kane Richardson 2-16 were the pick of their bowlers.

Salim Parvez - comment

Heavy rain in Sydney marred the opening match of the three-match T20I series between Australia and Pakistan. The official call off came at 5.51pm local time , 11 balls before it could be counted as a game, causing disappointment to a crowd of just over 19,000 and Australian captain Aaron Finch, who, having clobbered 37 off 16 balls faced, was on his way to chasing down a modest target of 108 off 15 overs.

Australia were the clear favourites, at that point, and Pakistan were clearly on the back foot, having conceded 41 runs in just 3.1 overs. A new-look Pakistan side, today led for the first time by Babar Azam, also featured 37-year old 7ft.inch giant Mohammad Irfan, resumed international duties after a gap of more than three years. It will be interesting to see if he can hold on to his place after an over that featured 26 runs by Finch.

Looking back, no result seems a fair result for Pakistan as batting first, they had their last five overs taken away by the weather, just when it seemed they was ready to add another 40-50 runs to its existing total of 107-5 in 15 overs. Babar, leading from the front as captain and an opening batsman was unbeaten on 59 off 38 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. The other worthwhile contribution from the tourists, came from wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, coming in at No. 4 in the second over. He contributed a fighting 31 off 33 balls and added 60 runs in 8.5 overs with Babar.

 

 

Match Details

 

Australia - Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

Pakistan - Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan

 

Start Time: 03:30

Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Officials: Paul Wilson, Gerard Abood, Shawn Craig, Phillip Gillespie, Javagal Srinath

 

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