Australia finally faced defeat in the ongoing tri-series when they lost to Pakistan by 45 runs. Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to field first at Harare. Pakistan got off to a disastrous start, losing Haris Sohail for a duck. But it was Man of the Match Fakhar Zaman who counter-attacked and scored a quickfire 73 off 42 balls and Asif Ali too hit a 18-ball 37 blitz. Pakistan put up a daunting total of 194 runs in 20 overs.
Andrew Tye with 3 scalps to his name was the best Australian bowler. The total of 194 proved to be too much for an in-form Australian side to chase. Australia could manage only 149 runs.
Australia seemed to be not in the right form which was surprising after their record win against Zimbabwe. For Australia, Carey (37) was the highest scorer, followed by captain Aaron Finch, who scored 28 runs.
Shaheen Afridi bagged 3 wickets and was the best of the Pakistani bowlers.
Pakistan has had a good series thus far, where they have delivered on all three fronts, be it bowling, batting or fielding.
But, the two teams will meet in 72 hours for the finals as well where Australia will have a chance to avenge their defeat.
Here is what both the captain’s said at the post match presentation.
Aaron Finch: We didn’t get going all day, long way off with the ball and on the field, couldn’t then get any partnerships with the bat. This was a 170 wicket, we let them get away, our fielding was sloppy as well. They stuck to basic plans and did well. You’d like to keep winning, couldn’t but have a short turnaround time.
Sarfraz Ahmed: Credit to Fakhar. He was superb. Today’s surface wasn’t the easiest. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik did a job for us too. Afridi has been part of the last two-three series, so we wanted to give him an opportunity. Glad he did well.”