The number one team in the T20I format, Pakistan was not able to put a good performance as they skittled out for a paltry 116 in the second T20I of the tri-series. Australia’s Billy Stanlake was the chief destroyer of the Pakistan innings. The lanky fast bowler scalped four wickets and conceded only eight runs in his allotted four overs.
Thus, Billy’s figure of 4 for 8 is the second best by an Australian bowler in the T20I format. James Faulkner has the best figures of 5 for 27.
In fact, Stanlake was right on the money with his line and length. The Aussie pacer was able to get the purchase from the wicket as breathed down the neck of the Pakistan batsmen. He earned his wickets in the traditional way as bowled quick and short. Furthermore, Billy was given good support by the Australian fielding.
On the other hand, Pakistan failed to achieve any impetus in their innings. Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali cameos helped the Men in Green cross the 100-run mark.
Thus, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led team has their backs against the wall. Consequently, the Pakistan bowling battery will have to deliver the goods to get their team back into the contest.
On the other hand, Australian bowlers would have grown in confidence after taking a beating at the hands of England recently. There is no extra pressure of a huge score and if Australia will bat sensibly, they should be able to cruise to the target.
Here is how Twitter reacted after Pakistan bundled out for a mundane score.
Swear we are the only cricket team who have a specific jersey for T20 cricket but only wear it at home! #PAKvAUS
— Daniel Hanney ⚽ ✈ (@DanHanney) July 2, 2018
The firsts to ? matches in all forms of Cricket.
TEST – Colin Cowdrey (ENG).
ODI – Alan Border (AUS).
T20 – Shoaib Malik (PAK).#PAKvAUS
— Stumped (@stumped_live) July 2, 2018
— Soul (@Am_Numb) July 2, 2018
The batting lineup just collapsed against a weaker bowling side is one of the richest and deepest T20 batting lineups in the world right now. Should've played sensibly. #PAKvAUS
— Jibran T. Siddiqui (@jibransiddiqui) July 2, 2018
— Adeel Tayyab (@adeeltayyab88) July 2, 2018
Lowest total successfully defended by Pakistan in T20I:
> vs All Teams
122 v SL Hambantota 2012
— Kamran Muzaffer (@Krick3r) July 2, 2018
— Sarfraz Ahmed Rana (@ranasarfraz3417) July 2, 2018
Billy Stanlake who ripped through Pakistan's batting line-up with pace and bounce. He claimed 4 for 8 in an uninterrupted opening burst with the new ball to expose the middle order to the change bowlers. #PAKvAUS #TriSeries #Cricket #CricketKiBaat #CricketPrediction #tNr
— tNr (@tNr786) July 2, 2018