Australia end nine-game losing streak by beating Pakistan

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Billy Stanlake celebrates a wicket
Billy Stanlake celebrates a wicket

Billy Stanlake and Aaron Finch starred as Australia ended a nine-game losing streak with a comprehensive nine-wicket Twenty20 Tri-Series victory over Pakistan in Harare.

Fast bowler Stanlake claimed four top-order wickets for just eight runs as Pakistan were skittled for 116 after being sent in, and rampant Australia knocked off their target in just 10.5 overs.

Captain Finch led the charge, scoring 68 not out off just 33 balls with six sixes and four fours, to guide his team to their first competitive win since March's Test victory over South Africa in Durban.

Travis Head provided support with an unbeaten 20 following D'Arcy Short's departure for 15, but it was Stanlake who had supplied the early impetus after his captain had won the toss and elected to bowl.

Stanlake ripped through the Pakistan top order as he had opener Mohammad Hafeez caught by Finch at slip off the third ball of the innings, before the same pair combined twice more to send back Hussain Talat and Sarfraz Ahmed.

In the meantime, wicketkeeper Alex Carey had captured Fakhar Zaman down the leg side to leave man-of-the-match Stanlake with the second-best T20I bowling figures by an Australian.

After Stanlake's early onslaught, Andrew Tye finished off the Pakistan innings with three wickets in the final over, including top scorer Shadab Khan for 29.

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