Steven Smith produced an outstanding knock to help Australia in registering a seven-wicket win against Pakistan in the second game of the T20I series played at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
The day started with the Pakistan captain Babar Azam winning the toss and opting to field first. His decision backfired completely as the visitors lost Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail inside the first five overs at the score of just 29.
Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed scored fluent half-centuries to help Pakistan finish with decent score of 150 for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed finished with a brilliant 62 not out off just 34 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes, whereas Captain Babar Azam scored 50 off 38 balls with the help of six boundaries.
For Australia, left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar claimed two, whereas Kane Richardson and Pat Cummins claimed a wicket each.
Former Australian Captain Steven Smith scores unbeaten half-century help Australia register seven-wicket win
In reply, Australia got off to decent start as David Warner and Aaron Finch added 30 runs for the opening wicket. David Warner scored 20 off 11 balls with the help of four boundaries, whereas Captain Aaron Finch scored 17 off 14 balls with the help of three fours.
However, a 58-run partnership for third wicket between Steven Smith and Ben McDermott steadied the ship. But once McDermott departed after scoring 21 off 22 balls with the help of one four, it was a Smith’s show from there on who scored unbeaten 80 off just 51 balls with the help of eleven fours and a six to seal a comfortable victory for the home side.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan and Imad Wasim claimed a wicket each.