Australia rest Pat Cummins for final T20I against Pakistan

Pakistan's Babar Azam 59* today

Chasing a target of 151, the Aussies had got off to a good start as the opening pair of David Warner and captain Aaron Finch had added 30 runs before the southpaw was castled by Mohammad Amir in the quest of scoring quick runs. He reached his 50 off 36 balls, and pillaged 29 runs off 15 deliveries, with Turner hitting the winning runs off the third ball of the 19th over. His 34-ball 62, laden with three sixes and five fours, helped Pakistan score 44 in the last four overs, recovering well after Babar Azam's exit left them at 106/5. They needed a 3-0 win in over the men in green, like they secured in their preceding series against Sri Lanka, to replace Pakistan at the top position in the standing. It wasn't enough as Smith stroked an unbeaten 80 as Australia edged the visitors by seven wickets.

Player of the match Steve Smith said: "It was nice to be there at the end and get the boys home".

Cummins featured in each the earlier T20Is in opposition to Pakistan.

"Pakistan could have easily scored 200 or around that on this particular wicket", reckoned Shoaib. "They bowled beautifully. Then it was just about timing the run and fortunately I was able to do that tonight". Hasan Tasleen said that even though it was her wedding night, she wasn't going to miss Pakistan's T20 clash against Australia.

"We are disappointed, Steve Smith took the match away", Azam said. He played 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. Credit goes to Iftikhar the way he played.

"But we need to get better at it, it's something that is a priority for Australian cricket".

Graeme Hick remains as the team's batting coach and Sridharan Sriram as a spin bowling and batting assistant, while the head of national teams Ben Oliver is eager to ensure a good degree of fluidity for other specialist roles to be taken on a short-term basis, as seen with the use of Ricky Ponting and Adam Griffith (World Cup), Steve Waugh and Troy Cooley (Ashes) and Michael Hussey and Ryan Harris (T20I series) alongside Langer this year.



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