Babar Azam, Imad Wasim star as Pakistan crush Australia in first T20I

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Inside the Powerplay, Australia's top order had been dismantled with the top four batsmen bowled, Ben McDermott run out for a duck and Alex Carey caught behind.

Australia-Pakistan hasn't had many interactions in the shortest format of the game.

After slipping from the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings, Australia have another chance to make a comeback and attain the top position in the T20I team rankings when they will face Pakistan in the upcoming three-match series. "Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there". Nathan Coulter-Nile's 34 helped Australia go past its previous lowest T20 score of 79 made against England at Southampton in 2005 before he was the last man to be dismissed.

"That powerplay was horrific", Finch said postmatch. "It was carnage. It was like a vehicle crash in slow motion", Finch told reporters after his side crumbled at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

All-rounder Imad Wasim returned to worldwide cricket after nearly a year following fitness problems. Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was terrible.

The second and third T20 internationals will be played in Dubai on Friday and Sunday respectively. "This team hasn't been together for a hell of a long time and I'm sure in the future we'll be better".

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"Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez batted beautifully and when we bowl we always try to take wickets when we have the ball in our hands".

Azam's knock proved to be the difference on a sluggish pitch and his 73-run stand for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (39) put Pakistan on course for a huge total.

Pakistan slumped to 133-8 after five wickets tumbled in 10 balls before Hasan Ali produced an unbeaten eight-ball 17 to finish their innings in a flourish. Faheem Ashraf (2/10) and Shaheen Afridi (2/23) shared four wickets between them.

An elated Sarfraz praised Pakistan's all-round performance.

Azam struck an unbeaten 68 while Wasim capped a return to worldwide cricket with three wickets as Pakistan crushed Australia by 66 runs on Wednesday.

"Our bowling attack is good so we back them to defend a total".

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