Gillette T20 INTL Series v Pakistan
Aussie juggernaut extends T20 streak to eight matches
Warner, Finch make short work of under-par Pakistan total after Aussie bowlers have a day out at Perth Stadium
Martin Smith at the Perth Stadium
8 November 2019, 10:56 PM AEST
The score: Pakistan 8-106 (Iftikhar 45, Richardson 3-18, Abbott 2-14, Starc 2-29) lost to Australia (Finch 52*, Warner 48*) by 10 wickets with 49 balls remaining
The match in a tweet: Aussies stay unbeaten in 2019! Another complete performance makes it eight T20s unbeaten this year as Pakistan prove no match for Australia's pace and power
The moment: The smile on Sean Abbott's face said it all. One day short of five years since he last played for Australia, the NSW quick was back on the international stage and he celebrated in style. His response to getting his first of two wickets tonight was pure emotion; he dropped to his knees, pumped both fists and was then mobbed by his jubilant teammates. After so long away from the top level, Abbott's final analysis of 2-14 from four measly overs all but ensures he won't have to wait anywhere near as long for his next game in Aussie colours.
The delivery: No words could possibly do this delivery from Mitchell Starc justice. Just watch and enjoy … and then watch it again!
The catching: From Ashton Agar's superb effort diving forward in the deep to Mitchell Starc's safe hands on the boundary and Aaron Finch's bobbling effort at mid-off, the Aussies barely missed a trick in the field. Agar and Starc set the standard and while Finch narrowly avoided embarrassment when he fumbled but then held onto a simple catch late in Pakistan's innings, it was a polished catching performance that would have pleased Australian coach Justin Langer.
The missed chances: In contrast, Pakistan missed two chances in the opening over to dismiss David Warner that would have given them an outside chance of defending their below-par total. Mohammad Hasnain would have had a chance at a simple catch on the third-man boundary had he not run in from the rope from a powerful Warner top-edge that ultimately cleared the rope by centimetres and went for six. And just two balls later, Warner would have been run out had Imam-Ul Haq followed up his brilliant diving save with an accurate throw at the wicketkeeper's end. But both chances were missed, Warner went on to score 48 and Australia cruised to victory.
The Old Mate: Big mitts from the man in row 23! Old mate in the crowd showed a very safe pair of hands to hold onto a catch well back in the Perth Stadium stands after David Warner crunched a massive straight six over the long-on fence.
The No.6: Poor Alex Carey! Australia's World Cup batting star has added another six T20 caps to his name in the past two weeks but hasn't faced a single ball out in the middle. Australia's dominant top order has meant the wicketkeeper-batsman hasn't been required at all with the bat, which surely has to be some kind of record for a top-six batsman.
The stat: Australia's victory tonight takes their unbeaten streak to eight matches and means 2019 is the first time they've not lost a T20 match in a calendar year.
Another stat: The last time Australia won a T20 match by 10 wickets was in the 2007 T20 World Cup quarter-final when a couple of blokes named Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist powered their way to the 102-run target against Sri Lanka in 10.2 overs.
The next stop: Both teams will now turn their attention to two Domain Tests, with the first getting underway at the Gabba on November 21. Australia's next T20 assignment will be in South Africa in February as they continue to build towards next year's World Cup.
Australia XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake.
Pakistan XI: Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Muhammad Musa
Gillette T20 INTLs v Pakistan
Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir.
November 3: First T20I, SCG, No result
November 8: Third T20I, Perth Stadium, 4.30pm (Fox & Kayo)