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Spinners, Warner Win T20 For Australia

Australia 97-4 (Warner 54no) beat
Pakistan 96-9 (Maxwell 3-13) by six wickets
Twenty20 International, Dubai

Australia's spin bowlers bamboozled Pakistan's batsman and David Warner then struck 54 not out as they won a low-scoring one-off Twenty20 International in Dubai by six wickets.

Australia named four debutants and three of them - Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce and Kane Richardson - took a wicket in the first over they bowled as Pakistan limped to 96 for nine batting first.

Glenn Maxwell opened the bowling and took three for 13.

In reply, Australia briefly wobbled but Warner hit a 38-ball half-century, finishing unbeaten on 54 before they closed on 97 for four in 13.5 overs.

The win meant Aaron Finch made a successful start to life as Australia's Twenty20 captain and although Shahid Afridi took the wicket of Maxwell (17), his second spell as Pakistan's skipper ended in defeat.

It was clear from the early stages of the game that spinners would prove hard to get away and 15 balls in, Maxwell had Awais Zia caught by Richardson for three.

He then had Umar Amin stumped and Sohaib Maqsood bowled without scoring to collect an impressive return before leg-spinner Boyce induced Ahmed Shehzad (10) to edge to Finch at slip.

Pacer Richardson then had Umar Akmal caught by Warner - a simple catch after a dreadful shot and Afridi managed two before being trapped in front by Abbott.

That left Pakistan at 46 for six with debutant Saad Nasim battling away at the other end only to see Anwar Ali also fall to Boyce (2-10) as Pakistan lurched to 57 for seven.

At that point, their lowest T20 score of 74 looked under threat before some support for Nasim from Wahab Riaz (16) and Raza Hasan (13 not out) almost took Pakistan to the three-figure mark.

Nasim fell after top scoring with 25, bowled by Mitchell Starc.

In reply, Afridi opened with Raza, who earned the wickets of Finch (5) and Steve Smith (3) while Afridi ended Maxwell's 10-ball cameo.

However, Warner was arguably the only batsman to come to terms with conditions and he ensured there was no way back into the game for Pakistan.

He struck four fours and three sixes and although Riaz dismissed Phil Hughes for six, Warner and James Faulkner (6 not out) finished things off with more than six overs to spare.

The two sides now switch their attentions to a three-match One-Day International series which begins on Tuesday 7th October.

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