Australia left frustrated as rain forces no result in first T20I against Pakistan
Opener Aaron Finch hit 26 runs off one Mohammad Irfan over but it was all in vain after Australia’s opening Twenty20 match against Pakistan ended in a no result due to persistent rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Rain, rain, go away 🌧🌧#AUSvPAKpic.twitter.com/6NdSLE92Ux
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 3, 2019
Australia were 41-0 off just 3.1 overs on Sunday when rain began to fall heavily in Sydney, just 11 balls away from the five overs required to constitute a match.
Mitchell Starc (2-22) and Kane Richardson (2-16) had earlier taken two wickets for the Australians after the hosts had won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat.
Starc removed opener Fakhar Zaman and hard-hitting allrounder Imad Wasim for golden ducks, while Richardson also struck early.
But Pakistan captain Babar Azam saved the tourists, helping them rebound from 10-2 to 107-5 before Australia’s target was revised to 119 in 15 overs.
The teams play the second match of the three-game series on Tuesday in Canberra, followed by the final one in Perth on Friday.
They will also play two test matches, beginning Nov. 21 in Brisbane and a day-night test in Adelaide from Nov. 29.