Babar Azam, Imad Wasim star as Pakistan crush Australia in first T20I

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It was a clinical effort from the bowlers, in particular Imad Wasim, who on his return to global cricket after more than a year rattled the Australian top-order to return figures of 3/20 in his four-over spell.

Imad Wasim picked up three important wickets for Pakistan with Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi claiming two each.

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 global cricket of 79 against England in 2005.

In a chase of 156, Australia slipped to 22/6 inside the Powerplay as Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf wreaked havoc, and it was only through a 38-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile that they were able to recover somewhat.

Wasim, who was making his worldwide return after a year, removed the openers in his first over and came back later to get the wicket of Alex Carey, as Australia were bowled out for 89 in 16.5 overs and lost the match by 66 runs.

Finch failed to trouble the scorers, when he was bowled by Imad Wasim for a three ball duck and Australia never recovered.

"Absolutely they'll be looking at changes", Finch said.

With Steve Smith and David Warner suspended, Australia undoubtedly had brought together the best batting line-up they had in D'Arcy Short, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell.

Everything was going right for Pakistan, including Hasan's spectacular outstretched catch on the boundary to see off Adam Zampa.

Australia's bowlers earlier held up their end of the bargain to restrict the world's No.1-ranked T20 side to 8-155 from 20 overs.

Australia's innings ended unceremoniously with Coulter-Nile bowled by Shadab Khan after inadvertently throwing his bat in an attempted slog. Azam, who missed out on a maiden Test century by one run in the Abu Dhabi Test, was involved in a 73-run partnership for the second wicket with experienced Mohammad Hafeez.

For Australia, Stanlake and Andrew Tye claimed three wickets.

The unsafe Hafeez fell to D'Arcy Short when looking well set and Asif Ali was trapped leg before by Adam Zampa before Babar - who scored 99 in the second Test - launched Coulter-Nile for six over midwicket.

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

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