Match Over - Australia won by 9 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Harare Sports Club
  • Referee: JJ Crowe
  • When: 02 Jul 2018, 10:00 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: B Stanlake


  • Umpire1: RB Tiffin
  • Umpire2: TJ Matibiri
  • Third Umpire: I Chabi



Overs: 10.5 / 20.0




Overs: 19.5 / 20.0


12.40pm Finch's fifty has made light work of this 117 chase. But, it was Stanlake who had set up this victory with 4 for 8 - the second-best T20I figures for Australia. He ran in hard, hit the pitch harder, and hustled Pakistan for pace and bounce. He has brought Pakistan's eight-match winning streak to a grinding halt. This is also Justin Langer's first win as Australia coach. Do stick around for the presentation.

Billy Stanlake, of course, is the Man of the Match: We had a disappointing tour of the UK. Great for us to get a nice start in the series. My role is to be aggressive upfront and take wickets in the Powerplay and make it hard for the opposition to get on a roll. Hopefully, we can build on this. With the early wickets, Finch kept going with me. First time I have bowled out in one go. Finch was terrific in the field and with the bat.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: Toss is very important, if you lose too many wickets in first six overs, you can't survive in the match. Credit to Stanlake, he bowled with pace and bounce. Plenty to work on.

Aaron Finch, Australia captain: The tone the bowlers set with the ball on a pretty good wicket was fantastic. We've come here to win the series. We've been putting in plans, it did not come off in England. It was a pretty polished performance here. Richardson bounced back well and they just bowled aggressively and I hung onto some catches. At times, when you're chasing a small total, you try to break the game open.

Qasim: "The only thing I don't understand from this game is Hafeez opening. It's been a long time since he opened regularly. Him not being at his best at the top created the pressure to which all the rest succumbed. Other than this, this team is still number 1 to me. Don't judge the team on one bad day when they have played marvellously the past year and half and got to the top."

Yasir: "I have always said that any team that needs to gain its form back must play against Pakistan. All of a sudden you'll feel the difference. but vise versa is also true, Pakistan can crash any strong side just like CT2017."

Kabir: "It seems as the trend going in this tri series- Next match Zimbabwe are going to give a sound thrashing to Australia!!!"

That is that from this game. Hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Thilak Ram.

10.5Shadab Khan to AJ Finch, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, Shadab tosses a legbreak wide outside off, Finch muscles it away in the air against the turn. Asif Ali at long-on makes a mess of it and drops the catch. The ball plinks away to the boundary for four. Sums up Pakistan's day.
10.4Shadab Khan to AJ Finch, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, tossed up outside off, right in Finch's swinging arc. He ventures outside leg and clubs a six over long-off.
10.3Shadab Khan to TM Head, 1 run, clipped off the hips to square leg.
10.2Shadab Khan to AJ Finch, 1 run, wrong'un to right-hander, spins back in, squeezed away for one.
10.1Shadab Khan to TM Head, 1 run, floated up and spins away, this wrong'un is dabbed away to short third man for one.
End of over 10. 15 runs this over. 104/1 after 60 balls.
AJ Finch 57 (30b 3x4 5x6 ) Usman Khan 3-0-31-0
TM Head 18 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more

MURAD BAIG: "Unfortunately, Just tune in and saw this disastrous performance from this Pakistani team. I have only one small reservation. I can understand Mohammad Amir is resting against team like Zimbabwe but verses Australia you are resting him?

Naseer: "Pakistani batsmen got the lesson they desperately needed on how to bat in T20, it has been long since they have been playing very outdated and sedate cricket, now they will understand it is all about sixes and fours in twenty cricket, it is very simple mantra if you hit boundaries you will have the luxury of taking occasional singles but if you keep on blocking and rotating strike then you become desperate to throw your wicket away."

End of over 9. 5 runs this over. 89/1 after 54 balls.
AJ Finch 48 (26b 2x4 5x6 ) Shadab Khan 3-0-28-0
TM Head 16 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 6 runs this over. 83/1 after 47 balls.
AJ Finch 46 (23b 2x4 5x6 ) Mohammad Nawaz 2-0-21-0
TM Head 12 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 17 runs this over. 77/1 after 42 balls.
AJ Finch 44 (20b 2x4 5x6 ) Shadab Khan 2-0-23-0
TM Head 10 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 9 runs this over. 60/1 after 36 balls.
TM Head 10 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 2-0-18-1
AJ Finch 27 (14b 1x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 5. 6 runs this over. 51/1 after 30 balls.
AJ Finch 20 (10b 1x4 2x6 ) Shadab Khan 1-0-6-0
TM Head 9 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more

yasir: "@Moumita: Easier to say now that Nawaz shouldn't have been introduced early, but the guy has done amazingly well with the new ball for Pakistan recently"

End of over 4. 10 runs this over. 45/1 after 23 balls.
TM Head 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 1-0-10-1
AJ Finch 18 (6b 1x4 2x6 ) more

Head comes in

End of over 3. 17 runs this over. 35/0 after 18 balls.
AJ Finch 18 (6b 1x4 2x6 ) Usman Khan 2-0-20-0
DJM Short 15 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Abdul Sami: "6 Boundaries in just 8 balls....."

End of over 2. 9 runs this over. 12/0 after 11 balls.
AJ Finch 8 (4b 0x4 1x6 ) Mohammad Nawaz 1-0-9-0
DJM Short 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 3 runs this over. 3/0 after 5 balls.
AJ Finch 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) Usman Khan 1-0-3-0
DJM Short 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Talha Hameed: "Pakistan scores in last 8 T20Is batting first [most recent first] 116, 182-4, 166-6, 204-4, 205-3, 203-5, 181-6, 201-4."

DJM ShortC Hussain Talat B Hasan Ali151430107.14
AJ Finchnot out 683346206.06
TM Headnot out 201810111.11
GJ Maxwell -
NJ Maddinson -
MP Stoinis -
AT Carey -
AC Agar -
AJ Tye -
JA Richardson -
B Stanlake -
Total 117/1
Usman Khan3.0031010.33
Mohammad Nawaz2.0022011
Hasan Ali2.001819
Shadab Khan3.5041010.7