Australia frustrated while the rain ruins the first match of the T20 series against Pakistan
SYDNEY: Pakistan was saved by rain on Sunday when persistent rains stopped a rampant Aaron Finch while Australia was heading for victory at its international Twenty20 opening.
The visitors achieved 107 by five in 15 reductions due to the weather in the Sydney Cricket Ground , with Australia set a target of 119 under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.
With the dark clouds closing, Finch looted 37 of the first 3.1 overs, leaving David Warner, who scored 217 without losing his gate in his previous three innings, a mere spectator at the other end. It ended on Sunday not at two.
But the skies opened again, with Australia, fresh from a 3-0 laundering of Sri Lanka, stranded at 41 without loss when the game was abandoned, with no declared result.
It's frustrating, said the Australian employer. But you can't do too much with the weather. We play very well. Restricting them to 107 of 15 envelopes was a great effort and then being on track to get them was nice.
A valid result would have been declared if 11 balls had been thrown under DLS, but a 20-minute break between entries, when it was not raining, prevented this from happening.
If you're cutting the game and you still have a 20-minute break, it doesn't make much sense to me, Finch said. But it is part of the rules and not much can be done about it.
Pakistan entered the series as the world leader in the short format, but also staggered by a shameful 3-0 loss at home to Sri Lanka last month.
They removed Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and left other players in an attempt for a new beginning, with the first game. Babar Azam He handed her the captain's bracelet.
The best Twenty20 batter in the world led from the front, hitting an unbeaten 59 with class after they were sent to the bat, with the 25-year-old hitting four four and two six in his 38-ball hit.
It was a decent recovery by visitors after starter Fakhar Zaman was the first ball, hitting a delivery of Mitchell Starc that swung directly at Steve Smith at the point of recoil.
That led Haris Sohail to the fold, but he made a bad decision by chasing Kane Richardson too early, beating Smith to leave the visitors fighting at 10 for two.
But Azam and Mohammad Rizwan stabilized the ship and began to build a solid society, pushing the marker along with intelligent operation and quality shots.
They reached the mark of 10 out of 64 for two, but Rizwan soon fell in love with an entertaining 31 after trying to clear the rope from the boundary of the Ashton Agar spinner, only for Pat Cummins to take an easy catch.
When they resumed at 88 for three in the 13th after a rain break, Asif Ali fell to Richardson for 11 and Imad Wasim to Starc for a duck, leaving Azam to take out his half century T20 11.
The series moves to Canberra on Tuesday and to a final game in Perth.