Aus vs Pak, 1st T20I: Match reduced to 15 overs after rain delay

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Pakistan on Sunday set the hosts Australia a target of 108 in the first of the three Twenty20s between Pakistan and Australia being played in Sydney after the match was reduced to 15 overs due to rain.

Pakistan ended its first innings with a score of 107 for five with skipper Babar Azam standing out among the batsmen by scoring an unbeaten 59.

While, Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson picked up two wickets each for the hosts.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and chose to bowl in the first of three Twenty20s against top-ranked Pakistan in Sydney on Sunday.

Australia are in form and fresh from a 3-0 series sweep against Sri Lanka, in contrast to Pakistan who were embarrassed by a second-string Sri Lanka at home across three matches last month.

That debacle cost Sarfaraz Ahmed his job as captain and a place in the squad, while experienced campaigners Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were also axed in the shorter format.

The world’s number one ranked T20 batsman Babar Azam is captaining the team as he tries to re-build for the World Cup next year.

Of note, 37-year-old seamer Mohammad Irfan features for the first time in more than three years.

Australia kept the same side that beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Friday.

“With a little bit of weather around we want to hopefully get some early wickets,” said skipper Aaron Finch, as the first raindrops of the day started to fall.

“They’ve got a really well-rounded side,” he added of Pakistan.

After Sydney, the series moves to Canberra on Tuesday before a final game in Perth 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 Paul Wilson (AUS)

TV Umpire: Shawn Craig (AUS)

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)