Dismal Aussies whitewashed in T20 series

Sherman Parsons
October 31, 2018

The No 1-ranked Pakistan team dominated Australia once more in the final T20I of their three-match series, winning by 33-runs to whitewash the visitors in Dubai.

Pakistan survived an onslaught by big hitter Glenn Maxwell to win the second T20I by 11 runs in a last-over finish against Australia on Friday.

The bowling unit was solid once again and Coulter-Nile along with the two spinners did especially well to haul their team back into the game after Pakistan made a reasonably good start so they will aim to produce more of the same here with Ashton Agar possibly coming back in for another spin option.

Australia batsman Aaron Finch admitted the woeful performance in the T20 series against Pakistan was just the latest example of a frailty that has become entrenched in the national side. He then regained the top spot following the home series against the West Indies in April.

The tourists made one change, recalling Nathan Lyon for just his second T20 global - and first since January 2016 - in place of paceman Billy Stanlake.

Megan Schutt lead the way with the ball collecting two wickets (2-15), while spinner Jess Jonassen (0-17) made a successful return from injury.

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Outside the top-10, Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf has jumped 18 places to a career-best 16th ranking, Hasan Ali has risen eight places to a career-high 21st position and Adam Zampa has moved up 20 places to claim 22nd position.

The win on Sunday was Sarfraz Ahmed's 26th in 30 T20Is as captain.

Pakistan have resisted temptation to make any changes to their T20I squad for the three-match series against New Zealand starting October 31 in Abu Dhabi.

The first T20 game against New Zealand is on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Pakistan won the Tests against the Aussies 1-0 in the UAE. In this scenario, the reigning ICC Men's World T20 champions will jump from 106 points to fifth on 114 points.

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