Finch leads Australia to three wickets victory over Pakistan in only T20I

Lahore, April 06, 2022: Australia wrapped up their historic tour of Pakistan with a three-wicket victory in the one-off T20I in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Tuesday.

Aaron Finch finally produced a player of the match performance after three consecutive 50-over failures to hit 55, his 16th T20I half-century in 89 matches.

Josh Inglis hit a 15-ball 24, Travis Head clubbed three fours and a six in a 14-ball 26, Marcus Stoinis belted five fours in a nine-ball 23 and Ben McDermott scored a 19-ball 22 not out as Australia achieved the 163-run target in 19.1 overs.

Finch faced 45 balls and hit six fours. He put on 40 runs for the first wicket with Head, another 44 runs for the second wicket with Inglis, while his sixth-wicket partnership with McDermott yielded 29 runs.

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In their run-chase, Australia had a couple of minor blips. They were first reduced from 83 for one to 129 for five and then lost two wickets in the penultimate over as they required four runs off the last over. But McDermott ensured there were no late twists to the tale.

Australia needed just over eight runs per over from the very outset and were always ahead of the target. They scored 63 runs for one wicket in the PowerPlay overs, 95 for two at the halfway stage and 138 for five after 15 overs.

For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Usman Qadir picked up two wickets apiece conceding 21, 30 and 33 runs, respectively.

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