Pakistan vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

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And, the fall of wicket started with Finch's own wicket in the opening over after he gave quite a room against Pakistani bowler Imad Wasim. Wasim was well backed by Faheem Ashraf who bowled the unsafe Glenn Maxwell for 2.

Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile eased the pain of an embarrassing thrashing, partnering for 38 runs in seven overs before Pakistan cleaned up the tail-end.

The tourists' run chase was only resurrected by bowlers Ashton Agar (19) and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who scored 34, with the pair helping them avoid their lowest score in Twenty20 worldwide cricket of 79 against England in 2005.

The three-match series kicked off at Abu Dhabi, with its all-rounders, all itching to take on the opposition in the shortest format.

Having lost the recent Test series against Pakistan - their second series loss in a row after losing 3-1 to South Africa earlier this year - and suffering a 6-0 white ball demolition by England, Australia is desperate for any crumbs of recognition as their trophy cabinet is gathering cobwebs.

"Obviously we were just outplayed".

"It s pretty embarrassing, to be fair", said Finch. "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", Finch said.

However, Imad Wasim destroyed Australia´s top order.

Australia's innings ended unceremoniously with Coulter-Nile bowled by Shadab Khan after inadvertently throwing his bat in an attempted slog.

Billy Stanlake (3/21) and Andrew Tye (3/24) were in great form and it seemed like Pakistan had thrown away the advantage.

Opener Babar Azam top-scored with an unbeaten 68 off 55 balls while Mohammad Hafeez made 39 off 30 deliveries at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Test squad members Mitch Marsh, Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle were all overlooked for the series-opener, along with Mitchell Starc who is nursing a tight hamstring and nearly certain to miss the remainder of the series.

In the end, Australia got all out for 89 as the host secured a dominant victory showing cricket fans around the world exactly why this ruthless side are the top team in the world.

The second and third T20 internationals will be played in Dubai on Friday and Sunday.

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