Mon, Oct 29, 12:44pm by Staff Writer
Pakistan has swept Australia 3-0 in their Twenty20 series in Dubai, winning game three by 33 runs.
Australia was set a modest total of 150 runs to chase down after Pakistan was dismissed for 5-150 after 20 overs.
A 93-run first wicket partnership between Babar Azam and Sahibzada Farhan set up the innings for the hosts.
Mohammed Hafeez saw out the innings with 32 runs not out in the match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Mitchell Marsh grabbed two wickets from his only over in the bowling attack, with Nathan Lyon, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa all taking a wicket.
Alex Carey was promoted to opening batsman for the match and was one of three players to score 20 or more runs for the visitors, as they stumbled to just 117 runs after 19.1 overs.
It was an even bowling performance from Pakistan, with Shadab Khan snaring three wickets for the hosts and four other players managing to grab a wicket themselves.
The Twenty20 series was decided on Friday as Pakistan had an 11 run win against Australia.
In that match it was again the Australian batting order that stumbled, with openers D’Arcy Short and Aaron Finch scoring just five runs between them.
Glenn Maxwell top scored with 52 runs for the visitors, but they ultimately fell short after a poor start to their innings.
Babar Azam had 45 runs for Pakistan in a better than run-a-ball performance, with Nathan Coulter-Nile the standout with the ball with 3/18.
Pakistan romped home in the opening Twenty20 match by 66 runs after Australia managed to notch just 89 runs, chasing a total of 155.
The Twenty20 series concludes Australia’s tour of Dubai after they also lost a two-match Test series against Pakistan.
Pakistan were convincing winners of the first Test as Australia’s batsmen failed to fire.
The visitors were dismissed for 145 and 164 in their two innings, with Pakistan’s more than capable batting lineup proving too difficult to overcome in the conditions.
It was better news in the second Test for Australia, as they drew the match despite a poor start.
Pakistan had a big lead after the first innings of 280 runs, but a stoic second innings batting performance from Australia that was led by Usman Khawaja’s 141 runs proved the difference.
Australia’s attention now turns to its One Day International series against South Africa and the upcoming Test series against India.
The tourists will prepare for their One Day match with a game against the Prime Minister’s XI on Wednesday.
South Africa is a $1.40 favourite to win the match, with Australia priced at $3.
The Prime Minister’s XI will be captained by George Bailey, with a number of fresh faces set to represent Australia.
The likes of Blake Edwards, Kurtis Patterson and Josh Philippe will all have the chance to impress in the match in Canberra.
The Proteas outfit is led by Faf du Plessis and spearheaded by fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada.
The first One Day International match takes place in Perth on November 4, where the hosts are $2 outsiders.
Australia’s Test series with India is certainly front of mind for many cricket fans, with oddsmakers unable to split the teams ahead of the first Test in Adelaide, with both priced at $2.35 to win. The draw is paying $4.25.
The two teams will first play three Twenty20 matches, followed by a four-match Test series and three One Day Internationals.
Australia v South Africa Odds
South Africa $1.81
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