PERTH: Pakistan will be facing Australia in their 3rd T20 International match on Friday.
Australia beat Pakistan on Tuesday as master batsman Steve Smith stroked a faultless unbeaten 80.
The hosts edged Pakistan by seven wickets in Canberra to go 1-0 up in their three-match Twenty20 series.
Australia is unstoppable. In a format, they have historically struggled to come to grips with, no less. They have been rampant in each of the completed games in their home summer so far. It’s more proof of the value of being able to identify specialists at a time when the three formats are becoming increasingly distant in terms of the skills they require, and of building a squad with well-defined roles.
Pakistan are somehow clinging on to their No.1 ranking, but their performances are increasingly doing little to justify that position. Their 3-0 sweep at the hands of a weakened Sri Lanka, in their own conditions, seems to have sent them on a tailspin. Heads have rolled, new captains appointed, but the results have remained the same.
A bright and sunny evening awaits in Perth. This will be the new stadium’s T20I debut. It has hosted two ODIs prior to this; in the last of those, Australia were shot out for 152, before South Africa ran down the target with nearly 21 overs to spare.