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2nd T20I (N), Dubai (DSC), October 26, 2018, Pakistan v Australia
(20 ov, T:148) 136/8

Pakistan won by 11 runs

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end of over 2011 runs • 2 wickets
AUS: 136/8CRR: 6.80 
Andrew Tye2 (1b)
Adam Zampa0 (0b)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-0-35-2
Hasan Ali 4-0-32-0

11.40pm That's it from us for this second T20I. Pakistan were the dominant team, and though Maxwell, and later Coulter-Nile, injected some excitement in the chase, Australia were always playing catch-up. When Pakistan batted, it seemed like they had been a little sluggish, but their bowlers were outstanding. Imad Wasim gave up only 8 runs in 4 overs, and the Australian batsmen were tied down from the start. By the time Maxwell found his groove, the asking rate had soared. Pakistan have now won the series, and the final T20I will be a dead rubber. This is Saurabh Somani, signing off on behalf of Sreshth Shah.

11.31pm Imad Wasim is the Man of the Match. "I've been doing it for a while, I enjoy bowling in the Powerplay. Today's wicket was different to Abu Dhabi, it was supporting spinners. I've been working really hard, even when I was out of the team. Credit goes to Azhar Mahmood as well (bowling coach), I've been working with him. I knew they weren't going to attack me, because they had six wickets left, so I thought I'll flight it. If the batsmen are hitting me with hard hands, I try to bowl slow, otherwise I stick to my basics."

Aaron Finch: "We were probably just a bit tentative in the Powerplay. Being six down last game, we tried to be conservative. And when Pakistan put the squeeze on you, it can get tough. They are No.1 for a reason. We'll come out in Game 3 and give it our best. All the chatter around was around the wicket and our positive intent. We allowed them to bowl a lot of dot balls, the pressure built and the run-rate goes from 7 to 9 pretty quickly."

Sarfraz Ahmed: "It's not easy to win 10 series on the trot in the T20 format. The way we have played and improved has been very good. We have improved batting, bowling and fielding, and our management and selection committee deserves credit. We have given confidence to all our players. I was confident of Shaheen bowling the last over, he may be inexperienced but he showed that he has the capacity to be a big bowler. He bowled well in a tough situation. The spinners are also doing well. Imad's arrival had brought good balance, and all the bowlers are doing really well, spinners as well as pacers. My strategy was to bring Hasan in in the fifth or sixth over, but seeing the pitch, I thought he'd work better later on that's why I brought him on late. I felt we played too many dot balls while batting, if we cut that down then we can get to 160-170. We'll try to give those on the bench a go in the last game."

Dr.Tahir: "Its really sad that there is no T20 WC this year. I would love to see this Pakistan T20 side play in a T20 World cup. It would have been some task beating them too. "

Mustafa Moudi: "None of Aus batsman had a S/R higher than 100 other than these 2, Specially the top 3 consumed 24 Balls(4 overs) extra than what they scored. Definitely, The main reason for their loss !!"

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Tye, 2 runs

Pakistan have won the series, taking a 2-0 lead with one to play It's their tenth T20I series win in a row. The ball itself was on legstump and driven wide of long-on, but it's all academic. Maxwell is distraught in the dugout. Pakistan have won by 11 runs, and Sarfraz keeps his record intact - he's never captained Pakistan to a loss in a T20I series

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Coulter-Nile, OUT

fuller ball on the stumps and Coulter-Nile makes good contact, but sends it soaring to the man on the cover fence, and Asif Ali takes a few steps to his left and holds on comfortably.

Nathan Coulter-Nile c Asif Ali b Shaheen Shah Afridi 27 (17b 0x4 3x6 ) SR: 158.82
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Coulter-Nile, 2 runs

slashed away to third man and they can only get two. So Australia need 14 off 2 balls and it's all but over

16 needed off 3 balls, but the batsmen have crossed. Coulter-Nile needs some more clubbed sixes

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maxwell, OUT

is that the match for Pakistan? Maxwell got it off the toe-end and it went miles in the air. Shoaib Malik at long-on kept calm, settled in under it and clutched it to his chest. No chance of the ball popping out. Maxwell's entertaining knock ends. And you'd think so do Australia's chances

Glenn Maxwell c Shoaib Malik b Shaheen Shah Afridi 52 (37b 4x4 2x6 ) SR: 140.54
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Coulter-Nile, 1 run

length ball on off at normal pace, he gets it higher on the bat to cover

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Coulter-Nile, SIX runs

that's hit the roof! tried for a yorker, and Coulter-Nile cleared his leg and sent it soaring up, up, up and away! That hit the top of the tier over long-on

23 needed off the last over, Shaheen to bowl. Sarfraz in his ear, Hafeez coming up with advice, they're all clustering around the youngster.

end of over 1910 runs
AUS: 125/6CRR: 6.57 RRR: 23.00
Glenn Maxwell52 (36b 4x4 2x6)
Nathan Coulter-Nile18 (13b 2x6)
Hasan Ali 4-0-32-0
Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-0-24-0
Hasan Ali to Maxwell, no run

slower bouncer, beautifully bowled. Maxwell made room, but bailed out of the clubbed pull

These two have raised the 50-run stand in quick time. But the required rate is still high

Hasan Ali to Coulter-Nile, 1 run

good yorker, but dug out well to cover

Hasan Ali to Coulter-Nile, SIX runs

clobbered! slower ball sat up, Coulter-Nile freed his arms and sent it soaring over midwicket

Hasan Ali to Maxwell, 1 run

fell short of the man on the point fence Shadab Khan ran in from the boundary and dived forward, but couldn't hold on. Maxwell had slashed it hard

Fahad Zahoor: "Living in australia for last 10 years I've been closey attached to the donestic circuit, the thing that led to no more back up players in the dtand is the lack of interest in cricket by the youth, majority of them are more keen to play for footy rather cricket and one of my work mate's reckon it's becuase of the sponsors and Broadcasters. "

Hasan Ali to Coulter-Nile, 1 run

length ball on the stumps, pulled without timing to long-on

Waleed Zahoor : "From his rollicking debut series in 2012 against Pak, to his 2014 exploits in the desert part of IPL, to that final maiden over against Pakistan, I think it's safe to say Maxwell is the king of UAE regardless of the win/loss ratio."

Hasan Ali to Maxwell, 1 run

clubbed into the offside, but only a single to the man on the point fence

33 needed off 12 balls. Still with Pakistan you'd think, but then Maxwell's there

end of over 1810 runs
AUS: 115/6CRR: 6.38 RRR: 16.50
Glenn Maxwell50 (33b 4x4 2x6)
Nathan Coulter-Nile10 (10b 1x6)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-0-24-0
Hasan Ali 3-0-22-0
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maxwell, 1 run

back of a length on off, he tucks it away to long-on to bring up a fifty. He's been the only one who has given Australia a semblance of hope

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maxwell, SIX runs

Maxwell connects! Went for the yorker, didn't quite get it. Maxwell went back straight over the bowler's head, full face of the bat and the ball lands beyond the fence

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maxwell, 1 wide

that is a bigger wide. loses his line completely and goes even more wide down leg. Maxwell tried to hit a six again and missed

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maxwell, 1 wide

just misses his line slightly and it's a wide. Still a victory of sorts for the youngster, because Maxwell wanted to send it over fine leg but missed

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maxwell, no run

what an over this is turning out to be keeps it outside off that time, just wide enough and taking the pace off. Maxwell tries to drag it across to the legside, misses again

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maxwell, no run

through him quick ball that time, angling in off a length and he tried to go for the big heave. connected with air

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Coulter-Nile, 1 run

another slower ball, gets it to mid-off off the toe-end of the bat. He was aiming for cow corner again

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Coulter-Nile, no run

swing and a miss. Slower ball wide outside off, he tries to go big and misses

Anon06: "It's not only about back-ups being ordinary. It's the first choice players too. Just 10-15 yrs ago there were players averaging 50-60 in Shield that simply couldn't get a spot in the test side because of the quality of the lineup. Players like Hodge, David Hussey, and others could've been int'l legends but just couldn't get a chance or long run.Now they're selecting players with mid 30 averages because they "had a couple good seasons." Back then, ppl have good careers without being selected."

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