DUBAI — Pakistan survived an onslaught by big hitter Glenn Maxwell to win the second Twenty20 international by 11 runs in a last over finish against Australia in Dubai on Friday.
Maxwell hit a chancy 37-ball 52 with four boundaries and a six but could not score the 23 runs required in the final over as Australia — chasing 148 to win — ended up at 136-8 in their 20 overs at Dubai stadium.
The win is skipper Sarfraz's 10th T20 series win since taking over as captain in September 2016, including a tri-series win in Zimbabwe in July this year. That highlights Pakistan's No. 1 ranking in the shortest format as they powered Australia for a second match running.
Australia were once again derailed at the outset with D'Arcy Short run out for two in a controversial manner with replays showing he had grounded the bat but was given out by television umpire Riaz Rashid.
Skipper Aaron Finch (three) and big hitter Chris Lynn (seven) failed for a second match running as Australia were struggling at 31-3. Maxwell, dropped thrice on 18, 34 and 52, then added 30 for the fourth wicket with Mitchell Marsh (27) but Pakistan continued to take wickets to keep the Australian chase in check.
When Marsh and Ben McDermott (three) fell in quick succession Australia were in danger of falling to another under-100 total but Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile fought hard during their 59-run seventh wicket stand.
When Shaheen Shah Afridi started the last over Australia needed 23 to win. Coulter-Nile hit a towering six off the first ball and then took a single but Maxwell holed out off the next ball to end all hopes of an Australian win. Shaheen took 2-35 while spinner Shadab Khan finished with 2-30.
Pakistan's total was built around a solid 70-run partnership between Azam and Hafeez who built the innings after Fakhar Zaman was out for 11 with the score at 29.
Azam hit three boundaries in his 44-ball knock while Hafeez was in a more punishing mood, smashing two sixes and three boundaries off 34 deliveries.
Shoaib Malik, who came in for Hussian Talat in the team, made 14 while Faheem Ashraf made 17 not out. Coulter Nile was the best Australian bowler with 3-18 while Billy Stanlake took 2-36.
Babar Azam c Finch b Short 45
Fakhar Zaman c Carey b Coulter-Nile 11
Mohammad Hafeez c Short b Stanlake 40
Shoaib Malik c Marsh b Coulter-Nile 14
Asif Ali c Short b Stanlake 9
Faheem Ashraf not out 17
Hasan Ali c Marsh b Coulter-Nile 0
Imad Wasim not out 1
Extras: (lb 6, w 4) 10
Total: (for six wkts; 20 overs) 147
Did not bat: Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Zaman), 2-99 (Hafeez), 3-106 (Azam), 4-117 (Asif) 5-131 (Malik), 6-131 (Hasan)
Bowling: Maxwell 1-0-5-0 (1w), Coulter-Nile 3-0-18-3, Stanlake 4-0-36-2, Tye 4-0-40-0 (3w), Marsh 1-0-5-0, Zampa 4-0-21-0, Short 3-0-16-1.
A. Finch c Zaman b Shadab 3
D. Short run out 2
C. Lynn c Shadab b Wasim 7
M. Marsh c Sarfraz b Shadab 21
G. Maxwell c Malik b Shaheen 52
A. Carey c Zaman b Hafeez 1
B. McDermott run out 3
N. Coulter-Nile c Asif b Shaheen 27
A. Tye not out 2
A. Zampa not out 0
Extras: (lb13, w5) 18
Total: (for eight wkts; 20 overs) 136
Did not bat: B. Stanlake
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Short), 2-19 (Lynn), 3-31 (Finch), 4-61 (Marsh), 5-62 (Carey), 6-73 (McDermott), 7-132 (Maxwell), 8-134 (Coulter-Nile)
Bowling: Wasim 4-1-8-1 (1w), Ashraf 3-0-14-0, Shadab 4-0-30-2, Shaheen 4-0-35-2 (4w), Hasan 4-0-32-0, Hafeez 1-0-4-1.