Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf knock out Australia for 89

Pakistan 155 for 8 (Babar 68, Hafeez 39, Stanlake 3-21, Tye 3-24) beat Australia 89 (Coulter-Nile 34, Imad 3-20, Ashraf 2- 10) for 66 races

Imad Wasim hit in the first part of the game © Associated Press

At the opening of the trophy on Tuesday, Aaron Finch and Sarfraz Ahmed stayed together, posing for the photo of the series with the cutlery for which the two teams would fight. The fact that it was called the TUC Cup for reasons of sponsorship was not surprising in the current era, but when you looked closely, you saw that the Cup had a rather successful name. Perched on top of a set of three stumps and a cricket ball was a monstrously large TUC cookie.

That word is used judiciously. The trophy could have been horrible if it was not so funny. It was not a prize worth fighting for.

And so, on Wednesday, when Pakistan faced Australia in the first T20I, the visitors simply did not seem to fight for it. If they did not want to take that trophy home, the way the first and middle order batsman was very important was to make sure they did not have to. Pakistan launched well, of course they did; they are side No. 1 T20I. But Australia seemed to be preparing to give away their windows with a series of shocking blows that collapsed to 22 by 6, chasing 156. It was a small miracle that they lost with only 66 races, reaching 89 before being eliminated in 16.5. leftovers

Full report to follow

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor of ESPNcricinfo. @ Danny61000

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