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Warner powers home Aussies

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Australian batsman David Warner hits the ball during the first T20 International cricket match against Pakistan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday. AP

DUBAI (AP): Offspinner Glenn Maxwell polished off Pakistan's top order with the new ball, and opening batsman David Warner anchored the run-chase with an unbeaten 54 as Australia comfortably won their one-off Twenty20 match by six wickets yesterday.

Maxwell finished with 3-13 after removing opening batsman Awais Zia for three, while Umar Amin and Sohaib Maqsood fell without scoring.

Newcomer Saad Nasim hit 25 to stabilise the innings, but Pakistan finished on an uncompetitive 96-9 after Shahid Afridi won the toss in his comeback match as captain and opted to bat first.

Warner cut loose

Australia wobbled at first, reduced to 56-4, before Warner cut loose and Australia reached 98-4 with six overs to spare.

"Nice wicket to bowl on; and, hopefully, I can keep going well since wickets here might be more like this," Maxwell said after receiving the Man-of-the-Match award. "There's a lot of places up for grabs; we're a young side, and we try and put our best foot forward."

Pakistan could score only four boundaries in their entire innings and struggled against the spinners as Maxwell's triple strike reduced them to 33-4 by the seventh over.

Umar Akmal also fell cheaply to Australian debutante Kane Richardson, and Afridi left the team limping at 46-6 when he was trapped leg before wicket by Sean Abbott off a full-pitched delivery.

Nasim, who forced his way in the side after an impressive run at the Champions League in India last week, could not hit a boundary in his 32-ball knock, before he was clean bowled by Mitchel Starc off a brilliant yorker.

However, Wahab Riaz (16) and Raza Hasan (13) chipped in with some runs and ensured Pakistan at least consumed their full quota of 20 overs.