Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Pakistan beat Australia by 33 runs for Twenty20 clean sweep

Pakistan beat Australia by 33 runs for Twenty20 clean sweep

Australia slumped to a grim whitewash defeat in the Twenty20 cricket series against Pakistan, losing the third and final game in Dubai by 33 runs on Monday (NZT).

The selection panel headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq took a decision in consultation with head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmed soon after the side's 3-0 T20I series win over Australia in Dubai. He featured in three unofficial ODIs against New Zealand A in UAE earlier in the month, picking five wickets in three matches at an economy of 4.25. After winning the series he took it to Twitter and took a note of their recent results, he posted a tweet showing Pakistan's previous results. He then regained the top spot following the home series against the Windies in April.

That highlights Pakistan's No. 1 ranking in the shortest format.

Another batsman to make an impact in the top-20 is Jason Roy of England.

Australia reinforced its spin department and brought in experienced off-spinner Nathan Lyon while dropping fast bowler Billy Stanlake.

The tourists promoted Alex Carey to open alongside Finch, and the decision looked like a stroke of genius when Carey belted 20 off the first over including two sixes.

Imad has been rewarded for his four wickets with a gain of 14 places that has put him in 10th position.

Captain Meg Lanning missed the match due to a mild lower back injury, and will be reassessed when the team arrives in Antigua on Wednesday ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup in the West Indies.

Moving on, after a dead-rubber on Sunday, the team's next assignment is going to be a three-match T20I series against New Zealand in similar conditions. Australia's batting line-up never recovered from being bowled out for 89 in the first game.

Australia finished their disappointing tour without a win as they also lost the Test series 1-0 after narrowly escaping with a draw in the first Test.

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