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Ellis, Finch lead Australia to victory in one-off T20I

Australia led by Aaron Finch trounced Pakistan in a one-off T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday.

In front of a large crowd, the visitors completed their historic tour of Pakistan with a three-wicket victory chasing a 163-run target.

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The Australian innings was centered around out-of-form skipper Aaron Finch, who remained composed under pressure and hit a superb 55 off 45 deliveries to guide his team to victory.

Travis Head departed after giving the team a great start. He scored 26 points on 14 balls to lay the groundwork for the run chase.

Josh Inglis performed well for his 24 off 15 balls, despite missing the ODI series due to the contracting Covid-19. Marcus Stoinis came close to winning Australia with a cameo of 23 from just nine balls.

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In the 19th over, Shaheen Shah Afridi removed Finch and Sean Abbott, giving Pakistan hope at the end of the innings, but in-form Ben McDermott, who stayed unbeaten on 22, guided Australia to victory in 19.1 overs with three wickets in hand.

For the losing side, Usman Qadir, Shaheen Shaha Afridi, and Mohammad Wasim Jr each took two wickets.

After winning the toss, Australia restricted Pakistan to 162 runs with bowler Nathen Ellis taking four wickets.

Babar Azam’s bat provided the only resistance from Pakistan’s batting. For his 66 from 46 deliveries, the right-hander was faultless, hitting six boundaries and two maximums.

Following a 67-run start, Cameroon Green sent Mohammad Rizwan (23) and Fakhar Zaman (0) back to the dugout on consecutive deliveries.

Following Green’s two wickets, Babar and Iftikhar Ahmed added 26 runs for the third wicket, bringing the team total to 93.

Nathan Ellis sent Iftikhar back to the dugout after he scored run a ball 13.

Khushdil Shah contributed 24 runs to assist the team reach 162/8 in their allotted 20 overs.

After a rush of wickets for Australia, Usman Qadir added respectability to the team’s score with an 18-run cameo in six balls.

With the ball, Ellis was the star of the show for Australia, taking four wickets, while Cameron Green finished with two for 16 in three overs.

The visitors won the three-match Test series 1-0, but Babar Azam’s team made history by upsetting the strong Australians in the one-day internationals 2-1.

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