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Australia Outplay Pakistan by 10 Wickets in Final T20

PERTH: Australia beat top-ranked Pakistan by 10 wickets in third and final Twenty20 at Perth Arena on Friday and clinched a series 2-0.

David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch added 109 for the first wicket as the hosts defeated the visitors without losing any wicket.

While Finch completed his half-century, Warner remained unbeaten on 48 from 32 deliveries as the duo wrapped up the contest with 49 balls to spare.

Earlier, Australian skipper Aaron Finch sent Pakistan into bat after winning the toss.

Pakistan’s Innings

Iftikhar Ahmed offered the only resistance as Australia’s dominant bowlers restricted Pakistan to 106 for eight in the final T20.

Finch’s decision proved right with Ahmed’s breezy 45 the only innings of note, with Kane Richardson snaring three wickets.

Skipper Babar Azam, who had been the standout for his team this series, hitting two consecutive 50s, fell early on a fast, bouncy pitch at Perth Arena, out lbw to Mitchell Starc for six.

The Australian quick then smashed the stumps of Mohammad Rizwan next ball with a searing inswinger, leaving Pakistan in trouble at 15 for two.

Opener Imamul Haq, brought into the team for the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman, didn’t fare much better.

He hit two boundaries in his 14 before mis-hitting a pull shot off Sean Abbott, playing his first international since 2014, for Ben McDermott to take an easy catch.

Haris Sohail again failed, mis-timing a shot out off spinner Ashton Agar to leave the visitors struggling at 59 for four at the halfway mark.

Debutant Khushdil Shah lasted 11 balls for his eight runs before holing out to Starc off Richardson, with Imad Wasim also falling cheaply.

When the aggressive Ahmed — who also scored a quickfire 62 in Canberra — finally went looking for a boundary off Richardson, it was left to the tailenders to at least ensure their team made it into three figures.