Australian captain Aaron Finch described his team’s abject surrender against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international as a “car crash in slow motion,” after they were bowled out for 89 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Pakistan raced to an emphatic 66-run win — their biggest over Australia in 18 matches — to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the second in Dubai on Friday.
Pakistan had made 155-8 in their 20 overs.
Finch said the first six overs were horrible.
“That powerplay was horrific … it was like a car crash in slow motion,” said Finch of the powerplay in which Australia were left tottering at 26-6.
Finch, bowled off the third ball of the innings for nought by Imad Wasim, took full responsibility of the crash.
“I take full responsibility for that,” said Finch who pit Pakistan into bat. “I think any time that you’re chasing a total like that it’s important you have a solid start and for me to get out in the first over and not give us that was not good enough.”
Australia had restricted Pakistan to a par total, with Billy Stanlake and Andre Tye taking three wickets apiece.
“Absolutely they’ll be looking at changes,” Finch said. “I think, all in all, our bowling performance was pretty good. Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was awful. Definitely when that happens, when you lose a game so badly, you have to look at everything.”