More pain for Oz as Pakistan take T20I series 3-0
Dubai: Opener Babar Azam struck a half-century and leg-spinner Shadab Khan claimed three wickets as Pakistan secured a 3-0 T20 series whitewash over Australia with a 33-run victory in Dubai. Azam’s 40-ball 50 lifted Pakistan to a challenging 150/5 before Khan’s 3/19 helped the team bowl Australia out for 117 in 19.1 overs.
It’s Pakistan’s first-ever whitewash against Australia in a limited-over series and their 10th series win under Sarfraz Ahmed since he took over as captain in September 2016.
Ahmed said the series win was “a reward for hard work”. “I would say that all the boys have worked hard, the result is just the reward,” he said. “Whoever got an opportunity has done well. We wanted to carry forward the momentum to the New Zealand series, the way we bowled and took our catches was superb tonight.”
Australia skipper Aaron Finch admitted it was disappointing to come up so short when chasing 151 to win. “We had our chances in all three games,” said Finch. “You back yourself while chasing 150, you back your batsmen to get the side over the line but it didn’t happen.
“Our bowling was very impressive throughout the series, keeping them to below 150 was great. We’re looking forward to a tough series against South Africa (at home),” said Finch.