Aussies Fume At Cracker Of A Dismissal As Pakistan Clinches T20 Series
A staggering umpiring blunder left Australian skipper Aaron Finch livid as Pakistan claimed the T20 series with a controversial 11-run victory in the second game in Dubai.
Set 148 to win, Australia posted 8-136 from 20 overs to hand Pakistan an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Glenn Maxwell (52) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (27) gave Australia hope of pulling off victory but both fell within the final over.
Finch was earlier left fuming by a bizarre run out decision which resulted in opening partner D'Arcy Short's dismissal in the third over.
Short was at the non-striker's end when spinner Imad Wasim got a finger to a return shot from Finch that ricocheted into the stumps.
Replays appeared to confirm that Short's bat was grounded when the bails were dislodged but third umpire Shozab Raza gave the left-hander out.
A furious Finch could scarcely believe the decision and remonstrated with on-field umpire Ahsan Raza as Short trudged from the ground.
Finch, who appeared to be admonished by Pakistan counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed and could be fined for showing dissent, fell for three when he was beaten for spin by Shadab Khan and sliced to Fakhar Zaman at long on.
Shadab's brilliant one-handed diving catch at cover accounted for Chris Lynn (seven), while the legspinner also had the returning Mitch Marsh (21) caught behind.
Australia's hopes faded even further when rookie Ben McDermott (three) was run out for the second time in as many games, courtesy of an unbelievable no-look flick from Fakhar at mid on.
Maxwell had been dropped twice when he holed out to Shoaib Malik at mid off with Australia needing 16 to win from four balls.
Babar Azam (45) and Mohammad Hafeez (40) did the damage with the bat for Pakistan, combining for a 70-run second-wicket stand as the hosts posted 6-147.
Coulter-Nile (3-18) and Billy Stanlake (2-36) were the pick of the bowlers for Australia.
Ranked No.1 in the world, Pakistan have now remarkably won 10 straight T20 series with Sarfraz enjoying a perfect run since replacing Shahid Afridi as skipper in 2016.
Australia were skittled for 89 in the series-opener in Abu Dhabi which they lost by 66 runs.
The series concludes in Dubai on Sunday night.
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