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Hafeez, Nasir lift Pakistan

Mohammed Hafeez (right) and Nasir Jamshed, in Dubai, on Friday

Dubai: Opener Mohammed Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed’s 45 a-piece lifted Pakistan to 151 for four in the second Twenty20 International in Dubai, leaving Australia with a very stiff task to keep the series alive.

Hafeez and Jamshed provided the spine of the innings with a stand of 76, broken only by a superlative catch by Dan Christian, before Umar and Kamran Akmal hit out freely at the finish in a union of 46.

Mitchell Starc bowled with swing, speed and economy on his T20I debut to follow up some fine 50-over efforts in Sharjah, but Brad Hogg endured a more difficult outing.

Having lost the toss, Australia’s opening bowlers found some new ball movement. Hafeez snicked and stroked from the first over of the match, while also surviving a desperately tight lbw appeal to a sharp in-swinger. Mitchell Starc showed the swing and speed that had made him man of the ODI series, swerving one through Imran Nazir second ball.

Hafeez and Jamshed then combined for a noteworthy partnership, which alternated between the considered and the cantankerous in terms of strokeplay. (Agencies)