SYDNEY: Twenty20 match between Pakistan & Australia in the first of three Twenty20 in Sydney on Sunday has been delayed due to rain.
According to the forecast, by the time of the toss the clouds had started to build up and rain started to fall before the scheduled start.
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Pakistani T20 cricket players kept walking back to the pavilion by losing easy wickets to Australia one after the other. At 12.4 overs, Pakistan had scored 88 for three wickets.
Haris Sohail, who could only get four runs of six balls with one boundary while Fakhar Zaman was out for no runs in the over of Mitchell Starc.
Mohammad Rizwan (Wicketkeeper) made comparatively better score of 31 runs of 33 balls with one four and one sixer.
Babar Azam (Captain) is playing handsomely with 43 runs of 29 balls only, including 4 fours and a six, taking him to a strike rate of 148.28. Struggling Pakistan batsmen were 64 for two wickets at 10 overs.
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Australia, who are in form and fresh from a 3-0 series sweep against Sri Lanka, won the toss and chose to bowl first. In contrast, Pakistan were embarrassed recently by a second-string Sri Lanka at home across three matches last month.
That debacle cost Sarfaraz Ahmed his job as captain and a place in the squad, while experienced campaigners Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were also axed in the shorter format.
The world’s number one ranked T20 batsman Babar Azam is captaining the team as he tries to re-build for the World Cup next year.
Of note, 37-year-old seamer Mohammad Irfan for the first time features in more than three years.
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Australia kept the same side that beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Friday.
“With a little bit of weather around we want to hopefully get some early wickets,” said Captain Aaron Finch.
“They’ve got a really well-rounded side,” he added of Pakistan.
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