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first_imgPakistan produced a clinical performance barring a couple of dropped catches and survived a late charge by Glenn Maxwell to defeat Australia by 11 runs in the second Twenty20 International on Friday in Dubai to win the three-match series with a match to spare.With the win, Pakistan registered their 10th successive T20I series victory under Sarfraz Ahmed, a run that began with a 1-0 win over England in 2016. The final match of the series will also be played in Dubai on October 28.Maxwell was dropped twice and scored 52 off 37 balls while Nathan Coulter-Nile scored a fighting 27 but it all came a bit too late as Pakistan held on and restricted Australia to 136/8.Earlier, opening batsman Babar Azam once again top scored with 45 and together with Mohammad Hafeez (40), anchored Pakistan to 147-6 after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat.Pakistan’s bowlers do it again!Glenn Maxwell’s 37-ball 52 goes in vain as a tight bowling performance hands Pakistan an 11-run win in Dubai and an unassailable 2-0 series lead! #PAKvAUS scorecard https://t.co/GMoXSkZ6T2 pic.twitter.com/Yq6ZdOpqKVICC (@ICC) October 26, 2018″It’s not easy to get 10 out 10 in Twenty20, but credit goes to the boys, the way we have improved our bowling, batting and fielding,” Pakistan captain Ahmed said.”It’s a big win and now we will try to give the boys sitting on the bench a chance in the last match.”Australia top order batsmen once again choked against the left-arm spin of Imad Wasim (1-8) and legspinner Shadab Khan (2-30) before Maxwell and Coulter-Nile made a late recovery.advertisementWasim, who grabbed three wickets in the first match which Australia lost heavily by 66 runs on Wednesday, picked the wicket of dangerman Chris Lynn.Two in a row!For his another fantastic spell of bowling, @simadwasim is the Player of the Match.#PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/6yBgtXeWffPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) October 26, 2018D’Arcy Short was run-out after the ball brushed the fingers of Wasim and crashed onto the stumps at the non striker’s end.Finch’s (3) struggle continued against Wasim before he holed out in the deep in Shadab’s first over while attempting a desperate big shot. Shadab also accounted for Mitchell Marsh’s wicket.”We were probably just a bit tentative in the powerplay,” Finch said. “Being six down in the last game, we tried to be conservative and when Pakistan put the squeeze on you, it can get tough. They are No.1 for a reason.”Ben McDermott was run out for the second successive time in the series by Fakhar Zaman, this time the fielder hitting the stumps with a brilliant backhand flick.Australia was stuttering at 73-6 in the 14th over before Maxwell and Coulter-Nile put on 59 runs but both were dismissed by 18-year-old left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi in the last over.Like in the first match, Pakistan innings revolved around Azam and Hafeez’s 70-run second wicket stand.Australia pegged back Pakistan through its spinners Short and Adam Zampa with Short featuring in the dismissal of both batsmen.What a spell from Nathan Coulter-Nile!His 3/18 has helped restrict Pakistan to 147/6 even after Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez led them to 99/1.Will Australia chase the total down to level the T20I series?#PAKvAUS LIVE https://t.co/GMoXSkZ6T2 pic.twitter.com/u8JxcRBvBsICC (@ICC) October 26, 2018Hafeez holed out to Short at deep square leg while Finch caught Azam on the edge of the boundary at long off off Short’s left-arm spin.Coulter-Nile (3/18) returned to remove Shoaib Malik (14) and Hasan Ali off successive deliveries before Faheem Ashraf’s unbeaten 17 off 10 balls gave Pakistan enough runs to defend.(With AP inputs)last_img read more