Pakistan win toss, bat in second Australia T20

Top-ranked Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat in the second of three Twenty20 internationals against Australia at Manuka Oval in Canberra Tuesday after the opening match was abandoned due to rain.

The home team were on course for victory in the first game of the series in Sydney on Sunday before the weather ruined their hopes.

Despite that, they have momentum, having recently swatted aside Sri Lanka 3-0, and swashbuckling captain Aaron Finch named an unchanged side.

“There’s a little bit of dew and we would have bowled anyway. It looks like a good wicket,” he said. “It’s the same XI. We’re happy with the way everyone is performing.”

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, the world’s number one ranked Twenty20 batsman, was the only one to offer real resistance on Sunday and he will need his teammates to step up.

Despite being hit for 31 off two overs before the rain intervened on Sunday, Pakistan retained 37-year-old seamer Mohammad Irfan, who is back in the side for the first time in more than three years.

“It’s a good batting wicket,” Azam said in also naming an unchanged side.

After Canberra, the series wraps up in Perth on Friday before the sides face each other in two Tests.

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Steve Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (capt), Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan

Umpires: Gerard Abood (AUS) and Shawn Craig (AUS)

TV umpire: Paul Wilson (AUS)

Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)