AUS vs PAK: Cricket is improving by leaps and bounds and the fielding levels have really been impeccable as of late. Australia managed to dismantle Pakistan in the ODI series and emerged victorious by a 3-0 margin. They began the T20I series on a positive note as well by getting the better of Pakistan in the first of the three T20Is.
Opting to bat first, Pakistan lost all 10 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs and posted a paltry total of 118. The chase was supposed to be a cakewalk and it was. Australia’s disciplined bowling was led ably by Megan Schutt. The 30-year-old scalped 5 wickets while giving away just 15 runs in her 4 overs. Elise Perry and Alana King took two wickets apiece while Jess Jonassen bagged one wicket. Apart from Ayesha Naseem, no other batter in the top 7 could score at a strike of 100.
The Meg Lanning-led side lost a couple of wickets during the chase. However, that wasn’t such a score that would set the cat amongst the pigeons for the strong Aussie batting lineup. Perry scored an unbeaten 57 while Ashleigh Gardner remained not out on 30 off 19 to win the match in just 13.4 overs.
During the Pakistani batting effort, we saw one of the better catches you would see in cricket. Alana King pulled off a blinder in the 11th over of the innings when she caught Nida Dar off her own bowling.
Alana King takes a stunner:
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When and where will the 2nd AUS vs PAK T20I be played?
Pakistan will look to perform better as a batting unit in the 2nd T20I, after a collective failure by them in the 1st T20I.
The Asian side will lock horns with Australia on January 26, Thursday in the 2nd T20I of the three-match series.
The 2nd T20I is scheduled to be played in Hobart before the final T20I takes place on 29 January, Sunday.