First T20I
Aaron Finch in action during the first T20I against Pakistan | Picture: Cricket Australia

The first T20I of the three-match series between Pakistan and Australi was called off due to persistent rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Batting first, Pakistan scored 107 runs, before rain-interrupted the proceeding, and the game was reduced to a 15-overs per side.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, top-ranked ICC T20 batsmen, slammed 59 off just 38 balls as Mohammad Rizwan chipping in with 31 runs.

Australia were asked to chase 119 runs from 15 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.

Chasing 119, Australian skipper Aaron Finch, just like his counterpart, Babar Azam, plundering 37 off the first 3.1 overs.

Australia were looking destined to win the game before rain interrupted the game for the final time, before being finally called off.

Aaron Finch said that ”it’s frustrating” after the game was called off.

“If you’re cutting overs off the game and you still have a 20-minute break it doesn’t make much sense to me,” Aaron Finch told ICC.

”But it’s part of the rules and you can’t do much about it,” he added.

Before coming into the series, Pakistan lost 0-3 in the T20I series at home to Sri Lanka. As a result, Pakistan sacked Sarfaraz Khan as skipper and axed his place from the team.

Meanwhile, Australia whitewashed the same opponent 3-0 in a T20I series, earlier this week.

The second T20I will be played in Canberra on Tuesday before the final game in Perth.

 

 

 

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