Australia finally won a game, the third and final Twenty20 international match in the series against Pakistan in a lead up to the Twenty20 World Cup, which beginning in a week’s time.
Playing in Dubai, the Aussies smashed 169 runs from their innings and dismissed Pakistan for just 74- the lowest total in the nation’s Twenty20 history.
Pace bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins had a field day with the batting line-up and took 3-11 and 3-15 respectively. The highest Pakistani total was just 17 by Nasir Jamshed and three batters reached double figures.
Openers David Warner and Shane Watson got the Aussies off to a great start. Warner hit 59 from 34 balls and Watson 47 from 32 balls, producing the highest ever opening stand, 111, in Australian T20 history.
The dominant win was a fry cry from the poor form the Australians showed in the opening two games. Pakistan won the first match by seven wickets and won in a Super Over scenario in the second when scores were tied at the end of regulation.
The second loss provided a new low for the Australian Twenty20 side. Once the dominant nation of the sport, Australia slid below Ireland on the ICC T20 rankings after the second loss against Pakistan. A team possessing some of the Australia’s top paid athletes were ranked lower than a group of part-time professionals.
The win in Game 3 propelled Australia back to ninth on the ICC rankings and will play Ireland in their T20 World Cup opener.