David Warner\'s whirlwind half-century, and bowling exploits of Patrick Cummins and Mitchell Starc enabled Australia to defeat Pakistan by 94 runs in the 3rd T20.
Dubai: David Warner's whirlwind half-century, and bowling exploits of Patrick Cummins and Mitchell Starc enabled Australia to defeat Pakistan by 94 runs in the 3rd T20.
David Warner and Shane Watson smashed a century opening stand to propel Australia to 168 for 7 in the third and final Twenty20 match against Pakistan on Friday.
Warner hit 59 off 34 balls and Watson scored 47 off 32 deliveries in an electrifying 111-run first wicket stand — the best Australian partnership for any wicket in the shortest format of the game.
Both batted aggressively against Pakistan's spinners, who had caused trouble for the Australian batsmen in the previous two losses.
Warner hit six sixes that included a big hit off ace offspinner Saeed Ajmal. Watson hit five sixes and lofted offspinner Shoaib Malik for three sixes in an over. Ajmal took 2 for 19.
Pakistan, already leading 2-0 in the series, stumbled in their run-chase at 36 for 6 before being bowled out for 74 in 19.1 overs.
Pakistan were out of reckoning once the top order crumbled, with seamers Mitchell Starc 3 for 11 and Patrick Cummins 3 for 15 taking the bowling honors. It is Pakistan's heaviest ever defeat in T20s.