Smith’s brilliance takes Australia over the victory line


Steve Smith smashed unbeaten 80 runs to take Australia over the victory line against Pakistan by seven wickets in the second T20I at Canberra on Tuesday.

Smith singlehandedly washed out Pakistani bowlers and cracked the ball in all parts of the ground. He struck 11 boundaries and six.

Earlier, Iftikhar Ahmed showed his class by smashing 62 runs off 34 balls and helped Pakistan post 150-6 in 20 overs. Iftikhar led Pakistan on top in the last part of the inning after joining the crease at 70-4. He struck five boundaries and three sixes during his eye-catching knock.

Skipper Babar Azam scored 50 runs off 38 balls to let Pakistan survive despite losing wickets after regular intervals. The right-handed opening batsman smashed six boundaries.

Ashton Agar bagged two wickets for Australia while Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson shared a wicket apiece.

In reply, Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner provided a quick start by scoring 30 runs in just three overs.

A perfect length ball did the work for Mohammad Amir on the last delivery of the third over as Pakistan got rid of Warner who walked off after scoring 20 runs.

Mohammad Irfan removed Finch in the sixth over to provide another breakthrough to Pakistan but thereafter Smith didn’t look back and won the match for his team.

Irfan, Amir, and Imad Wasim bagged a wicket each for Pakistan.

With this win, Australia is 1-0 up in the three-match T20I series. The third and last match between both the teams is scheduled on November 8 at Perth.