Fast bowlers Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) were the main wicket-takers for Australia.
When the likes of T20 specialists like Maxwell, Lynn, Finch and Short form your top order, you usually wouldn't want that to change. Apart from these duo, none could contribute much and the end Babar alone dragged Pakistan to a more than a fighting score of 155 runs. Beth Mooney, who donned the role of a finisher in the ODI series, opened alongside Alyssa Healy and helped Australia get off to a flying start.
While talking about the tragic defeat, Finch said "That Powerplay was horrific...it was like a auto crash in slow motion", and added, "Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there".
The Australian reply got off to a shocking start when skipper Finch and his opening partner D'Arcy Short, both were bowled by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, making his comeback into the team following an injury. "That Powerplay was horrific.it was like a vehicle crash in slow motion", he said.
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Man of the match Imad also accounted for D'Arcy Short and Alex Carey, finishing with 3-20 in his first national outing in nearly a year. He returned with figures of 3/20 in his allotted four overs.
Australia named an unchanged XI from Monday's seven-wicket victory over the UAE, again omitting Test squad members Mitch Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc.
It will be interesting to see if the Aussies can turn things around and come back strongly in the second game against a formidable bowling line-up which is scheduled to be played on 26th October at the Dubai International Stadium.
Second-gamer Ben McDermott's nervous pursuit of a quick single ended in a run out to leave Australia 4-16, while Imad soon had his third wicket when luring Alex Carey into an edge with a delivery which deviated slightly and stayed low. Wasim deservedly took the Player of the Match honours.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed gave credit to his bowlers and Hafeez-Babar for their crucial partnership.