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Australia smash Pakistan by 10 wickets and secure T20 series

Finch and Warner crack bowling attack around park and help home side stroll to victory in Perth with 49 balls to spare

David Warner hit 48 off 35 balls for Australia against Pakistan yesterday, including two fours and two sixes. Getty
David Warner hit 48 off 35 balls for Australia against Pakistan yesterday, including two fours and two sixes. Getty

Australia routed woeful Pakistan by 10 wickets with 49 balls to spare to win the third Twenty20 international in Perth on Friday and clinch the series 2-0.

Australia – who had won the second match by seven wickets in Canberra after the opener in Sydney was abandoned due to rain – rattled past their victory target of 107 from just 11.5 overs.

Captain Aaron Finch finished 52 off 36 balls, which included three sixes, while David Warner made a rapid 48 as the hosts reached 109 without loss.

After losing the toss, Pakistan were sent into bat on a fast pitch which offered plenty of bounce as paceman Mitchell Starc struck twice in successive deliveries during the third over.

Captain Babar Azam (six) and recalled opener Imam-ul-Haq (14) both fell cheaply before Iftikhar Ahmed's rapid 45 helped the tourists post 106-8. Kane Richardson took 3-18 for Australia.

Their victory in Perth has put Australia on an impressive eight-game winning streak in the short format as they build towards the T20 World Cup on home soil next year.

"Really proud of the boys with the way we applied ourselves in the last couple of weeks. Each time we turn up at training, we are improving ourselves and that is very important," said captain Finch. "We are growing as a team and hopefully some big things to come."

Steve Smith was named player of the series, on the back of his unbeaten 80 in the Canberra match. "It was nice to contribute, but I'm a little but surprised to be up here for this award," he said.

"You always want to try and do well for the team and get better and it was nice to contribute to the team. My role is to fix it when the top two don't come off."

In contrast, Pakistan are struggling and have now lost five of their last six.

Despite the poor run, which included an embarrassing 3-0 home series defeat to an under-strength Sri Lanka that cost Sarfaraz Ahmed the captaincy, they remain No 1 in the rankings.

But their cricket chiefs will be worried about the two Tests against Australia to come, starting this month in Brisbane.

"Very disappointed, but we lost to a good team. We have learnt a lot from this series and we'll take the positives and come back hard in the next series," said skipper Babar Azam. "As captain, I learnt a lot personally too, but there's a long way to go."

Updated: November 8, 2019 04:25 PM

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