The first match of the series of three Twenty20 matches between Pakistan and Australia ended without rain.
In the match played at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australian captain Aaron Finch invited the guest team to bat after winning the toss against Pakistan. Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman started the inning, but on the second ball of the first over, Zaman Zaman was caught off Mitchell Starc’s ball without any runs.
Haris Sohail who scored 4 runs, was caught out on Richardson’s ball. National team wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored 31 off 33 balls. Later during the match, It started raining again, which stopped the match. When the match was resumed, the umpire limited the match to 15 overs. After the rain, the match was resumed when Asif Ali added 11 runs after adding just one run to his score, while Imad Wasim returned the pavilion without scoring on the first ball.
In the stipulated 15 overs, the national team scored 107 runs for the loss of 5 wickets, but under Duck Worth Lewis Method Australia needed 119 to win. Babar Azam was a notable batsman with 59* off 38 balls with five fours and two sixes, while Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Richardson struck twice.
Australia’s David Warner and captain Aaron Finch started the innings aggressively, scoring 41 runs without loss of wickets in 3 overs that the match was stopped once again due to rain. Due to constant rain, the umpires announced the end of the match without any result.
Babar Azam’s unbeaten 59 runs off 38 balls was the highest score by a Pakistan batsman in his captaincy debut. Babar also became the only Pakistani batsman to score 1500-plus T20 runs in a calendar year. Virat Kohli (1614 runs in 2016) and Chris Gayle (1665 runs in 2015) are the only other batsmen to score more than 1500-plus runs in a calendar year. Babar has also broken the record of most half-centuries in T20I by a Pakistani Batsman surpassing 11 half centuries of Muhammad Hafeez.