Pakistan flattened in Dubai

Cummins and Starc shine with the ball as Australia finish in style

Last updated: 10th September 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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David Warner: top-scored in Australia's innings, making 59 from 34 deliveries

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Pat Cummins: helped flatten Pakistan's top order in the final match of the series

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Australia avoided a series whitewash in emphatic fashion with a 94-run victory over Pakistan in the third and final Twenty20 international in Dubai.

Having slipped to second-bottom in the T20 rankings following their most reverse, Australia were in serious need of a boost ahead of the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

They put themselves in a strong position by compiling a very competitive 168-7 from their 20 overs, underpinned by David Warner's brutal 34-ball 59.

In reply Pakistan simply never got anywhere near, collapsing to 19-5 at one stage as they were skittled by Mitchell Starc (3-11) and Pat Cummins (3-15).

Lowest score

In the end they were only able to muster 74 before being bowled out after 19.1 overs - the joint lowest score by a Test playing country in the history of Twenty20 cricket.

Cummins, swinging the ball both ways, took the scalps of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik while left-armer Starc dismissed Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal.

Only Nasir Jamshed (17) looked like doing anything but he lost his wicket to Glenn Maxwell, allowing the pace pairing of Starc and Cummins to clean up the tail and complete a morale-boosting win.

In contrast to their opponents, Australia's innings was given the perfect platform by Shane Watson (47) and Warner, with the opening duo putting on 111.

Yasir Arafat - in for the rested Sohail Tanvir - dismissed both well-set batsmen in the same over and despite 27 from all-rounder Maxwell, the early momentum was unable to be maintained by the tourists.

Saeed Ajmal (2-19) accounted for both Michael Hussey and George Bailey, castling them both, to take his tally of wickets in the shortest form of the game to 60.

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