Australia vs Pakistan 1st T20: Rain has final say after Azam’s unbeaten 59

Babar Azam 59 not out Australia Pakistan 1st T20 Sydney cricket

Babar Azam struck five boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten knock of 59

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Captain Babar Azam struck an unbeaten 59, but his efforts went in vain as the first Twenty20 International between Australia and Pakistan was abandoned due to rain.

Opting to bowl first, Australia got their first breakthrough on the second ball of the match as Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman was caught by Steve Smith at backward point off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for a golden duck.

Haris Sohail only made four runs before he was also caught by Smith at backward point, but off the bowling of Kane Richardson.

Azam and Mohammad Rizwan stabilised the innings with a 60-run partnership before Rizwan was caught by Pat Cummins at long-on off the bowling of Ashton Agar for 31.

Asif Ali only made 11 before being dismissed by Richardson, while Imad Wasim was sent packing by Starc for a golden duck.

Azam ended up making a 38-ball 59, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before the rain came and Pakistan finished on 107/5 off 15 overs.

Starc and Richardson picked up two wickets apiece, while Agar chipped in with one.

Chasing 119 to win off 15 overs as a result of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method coming into effect, Australia got off to a scorching start as they scored 41 runs off 3.1 overs before the rain returned.

Since it refused to relent, the match was abandoned.

Australia captain Aaron Finch finished on 37, which came off 16 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes, while David Warner remained undefeated on two.

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