Australia have set Pakistan a target of 184 runs in the final of the T20I tri-series in Harare, after Aaron Finch had won the toss and decided to bat first.
Finch and D’Arcy Short provided Australia with an ideal platform with a 95-run opening stand which helped the team post a strong total on the board.
Finch muscled his way to 47 runs off just 27 balls — which included two fours and three maximums.
Short struggled to middle the ball in the initial phase of his innings but he made up for it in the latter stages. He ended up as the highest run scorer in the innings with 76 runs off 53 balls with the help of seven fours and four sixes.
For Pakistan Mohammad Amir picked up three wickets while Shadab Khan claimed two wickets.
Pakistan were abysmal in the field in the earlier stages of the match but that does not take anything away from Shadab Khan’s spectacular one-handed catch at mid-off to dismiss Alex Carey.
Pakistan have made two changes to their side with Sahibzada Farhan — making his debut — replacing Haris Sohail and fast bowler Hasan Ali picked over Usman Khan. Australia on the other hand have brought in D’Arcy Short to replace Nic Maddinson.
Pakistan and Australia, each, won three out of their four matches during the round-robin stage of the tournament, with both sides sharing the spoils in matches they played against each other.
Pakistan XI: Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c/wk), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi
Australia XI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Jack Wildermuth, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson and Billy Stanlake
Source: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE