Pat Cummins rested for final T20I against Pakistan

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2019

Pakistan's bowling attack was no match for Smith, who brought up his fourth 50 in the short format off 36 balls, with six fours and one big six, as Australia reached 151 for three with nine balls to spare.

Disappointed by Pakistan team's loss in the second Twenty20 global to Australia in Canberra on Tuesday, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar said there is no batsmen in the team who could take responsibility like skipper Babar Azam.

Pat Cummins will miss the final T20I against Pakistan in order to get adequate rest and preparation time for the upcoming Test series. The match was subsequently reduced to 15-overs-a-side when the players returned and skipper Babar Azam made 59 not out to help Pakistan to a below-par 107/5.

It left Smith and Ashton Turner with 45 runs to win off 42 balls, which they managed comfortably.

"It was nice to be there at the end and get the boys home", Smith said.

"I think that's based off ground size, how true the wickets are too. They bowled beautifully. Then it was just about timing the run and fortunately I was able to do that tonight".

Iftikhar slogged his way to an unbeaten 62 to give Pakistan a total to defend. "He took the game away with a magnificent innings". Babar combined with Mohammad Rizwan (31 off 33) for a 60-run stand steady the innings after the visitors lost two early wickets. "We have to gain the momentum again (but) credit goes to Iftikhar the way he played, it's a good knock".

The brilliant Babar struck Kane Richardson's first two balls for four and kept Pakistan ticking along after Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail fell cheaply to Pat Cummins and Richardson respectively.

A shift of Australian thinking from T20 back to the looming Test match assignments against Pakistan (two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide) and New Zealand (three Tests in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney) have been underlined by the news that McDonald is now clear to commence his role alongside Langer for the Gabba Test later this month, after concluding his duties with Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades.

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