1st T20I (N), Abu Dhabi, October 24, 2018, Pakistan v Australia
(16.5/20 ov, T:156) 89

Pakistan won by 66 runs

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That's all from our side for this game. We will see you soon. Have a good night.

Sarfraz Ahmed: Our bowling attack is good, so we try to put some runs on the board and back ourselves to defend. We have some batsman who can hit big, that's why I promoted some of the guys up the batting order. But Babar Azam and Hafeez batted beautifully. We always try to take wickets when we have the ball in our hands.

Aaron Finch: It's pretty embarrassing, to be fair. I think we were a little bit one-dimensional while batting, but that's a learning experience. I think we bowled really well. I was very happy with the way we bowl. They have got a lot of variety in their bowling.

Imad Wasim: I think it is a result of my hard work. A comeback was never easy. I focused on the basics at the start, tried to bowl wicket-to-wicket and I got lucky today. I try to think every game as a last game. I would try to carry this forward.

11.25pm Time for the presentation ceremony. Imad Wasim is the Man-of-the-Match.

Ghulam Mustafa: "So Pak stand at No.1 in T20I. Outplayed Ausis"

Gaurav Madan: "Clearly Australia don't fancy Pakistan. 5 off their 7 lowest totals have come against them."

Arman: "Pakistan did win thanks to their potent bowling , but they have serious questions to answer regarding their middle/lower batting order."

Runnaway: "So 139 for 17 wickets.... Also what's the most bowled in a t20 innings (we have 6 tonight)!! " -- That's the joint-most.

Yahya: "Thrashed.... Pak looks like to b 15 runs short but proved again that they are the best bowling unit for a reason "

11.10pm It was not a big target to chase, but Imad Wasim rocked Australia's innings by removing both openers in the first over of the innings. Faheem Ashraf too got into the act as Australia lost six wickets within the Powerplay. After that, it was just a matter of time. Nathan Coulter-Nile showed some resistance down the order but that only ensured Australia didn't get bowled out for their lowest T20I total.

Shadab to Coulter-Nile, OUT

googly eventually does the trick. Coulter-Nile cleared his front leg and looked to smashed it hard over long-on, so hard that the bat comes off his hands, he ends up missing the ball and the sound of timber seals the game for Pakistan

Nathan Coulter-Nile b Shadab Khan 34 (29b 6x4 0x6 ) SR: 117.24
Shadab to Stanlake, 1 run

fuller outside off, hits it towards extra cover

Shadab to Stanlake, no run

another wrong'un, pushes at it and gets beaten again

Shadab to Stanlake, no run

googly, Stanlake has no idea as it goes past him and beats him outside off

Shadab to Stanlake, no run

tossed up on stumps, defended towards extra cover

Shadab now

end of over 1610 runs
AUS: 88/9CRR: 5.50 RRR: 17.00
Nathan Coulter-Nile34 (28b 6x4)
Billy Stanlake1 (3b)
Hasan Ali 3-0-16-1
Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-0-23-2
Hasan Ali to Coulter-Nile, FOUR runs

short of length outside off, Coulter-Nile goes back and gives himself a little bit of room to smash it past deep backward point for four

Hasan Ali to Stanlake, 1 run

length ball, around middle and off, looks to go over mid-on but ends up mistiming it towards mid-off

Around the wicket

Hasan Ali to Stanlake, no run

short of length outside off, looks to pull it away but ends up toe-edging it towards extra cover

Hasan Ali to Stanlake, no run

fuller on stumps, Stanlake punches it back towards the bowler, who stops it in his run-up

Hasan Ali to Coulter-Nile, 1 run

slower one, once again fails to middle it and ends up dragging it towards midwicket

Hasan Ali to Coulter-Nile, FOUR runs

back of length outside off, sliced over extra cover for four. Not from the middle of the bat, I must say

Australia's lowest total in T20Is is 79. Here is the full list

end of over 156 runs • 2 wickets
AUS: 78/9CRR: 5.20 RRR: 15.60
Nathan Coulter-Nile25 (25b 4x4)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-0-23-2
Shadab Khan 3-0-15-0
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Tye, OUT

length ball, angling in from around the wicket, the batsman fails to get his bat on it and the middle stumps is lying flat on the ground. Pakistan one wicket away

Andrew Tye b Shaheen Shah Afridi 6 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) SR: 200
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Tye, FOUR runs

length ball, outside off from around the wicket, slapped towards mid-off who dives over the ball and lets it go through for a boundary, Faheem Ashraf the fielder

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Tye, 2 runs

fuller around middle and leg, worked away towards deep midwicket for a couple

Andrew Tye, the new batsman. Looked like they didn't cross

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Zampa, OUT

slower one, Zampa looks to go aerial, gets more height than distance but Hasan Ali almost made a mess of it there. Misjudged it completely at long-on as he came in charging, had to undo his steps in the ends and pedal back, eventually he takes it overhead, tumbling backwards

Adam Zampa c Hasan Ali b Shaheen Shah Afridi 3 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 42.85
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Zampa, no run

short of length, angled towards the batsman who looks to hoick it away, misses

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Zampa, no run

length ball around off, defended awkwardly towards point

Shaheen, around the wicket

end of over 1411 runs
AUS: 72/7CRR: 5.14 RRR: 14.00
Nathan Coulter-Nile25 (25b 4x4)
Adam Zampa3 (4b)
Shadab Khan 3-0-15-0
Hasan Ali 2-0-6-1
Shadab to Coulter-Nile, FOUR runs

googly this time, Couler-Nile goes back and pulls it wide of the long-on fielder for back to back fours

Shadab to Coulter-Nile, FOUR runs

flatter and quicker outside off, Coulter-Nile cuts it past short third man for four. Sarfraz is not happy with his bowler there

Shadab to Zampa, 1 run

short of length outside off, punched towards point for a quick single

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