Pakistan vs Australia: First T20 called off due to rain
SYDNEY: The first Twenty20 between Pakistan and Australia was called off due to rain on Sunday.
Pakistan must be feeling lucky as Australia looked on course to register a comprehensive win before rain stopped proceedings.
Australian skipper Aaron Finch was on way to secure the win but a bizarre 20 minute innings break and consistent showers have ended this match prematurely.
Aaron Finch: “It’s frustrating. The 20 minute break in between innings was an interesting one. When you lose a few overs and then you still have a 20 minute break I thought that was really interesting. It probably played out of our hands at that moment. But you can’t do too much about the weather.”
“If you’re cutting overs off the game and you still have a 20 minute break it doesn’t make much sense to me. But it’s part of the rules and you can’t do much about it. But we played really well. To restrict them to 107 off 15 overs was a great effort and then to be on track to get them was nice. When you’re old and fat you get a bit of luck sometimes. It was nice to get a few out of the middle. Like I said, a bit unfortunate the rain played such a part.”
Earlier, another international T20 fifty by Babar Azam helped Pakistan post 107 in 15 overs. Mohammad Rizwan, who replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed, hit 31 off 33 balls.
In reply, Australian captain Finch led the charge in the first three overs making 41 runs before rain stopped play.