Pakistan face Australia with T20 top ranking at stake

ABU DHABI: Pakistan confront Australia in the first match of the three-match T20 series in an offer to protect their world number one positioning beginning today in Abu Dhabi.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed drove Pakistan to a tri-series triumph by beating Australia in the last at Harare in July this year and necessities to win no less than one match to stay at the top of the rankings. Pakistan will be without senior batsman Shoaib Malik who was with his tennis star spouse Sania Mirza in India for the birth of their first child.

“Malik will join the team on Wednesday yet won’t be a part of the eleven, so we are prepared for Australia who are an exceptionally solid T20 side,” said Sarfraz.