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Babar Azam registered another fifty in his flourishing T20I career.

Match abandoned

Australia would really feel hard done by. There was absolutely no need for a 20-minute break. A 10-minute break would have ensured few more deliveries to complete a game but now the game has been abandoned. Rain just hasn't relented forcing the officials to call off the game. Lucky escape indeed for Pakistan. They will now look to put up an improved showing in the next game which is scheduled on Tuesday.

Rain returns

Reprieve for Pakistan. 'Blessing in disguise' says a miked-up Wahab Riaz. Australia raced to 41/0 in 3.1 overs before rain forced the players to leave the ground again. We need 11 more deliveries to complete a game.

26-run over

Finch has absolutely smashed Irfan here, possibly out of the attack. He began the over with a six and a four and then a no-ball gave him license to fetch another six. Australia are beyond the par score already in case the rain comes after the fifth over to prevent play.

Fair point

Target 119

Pakistan will feel they were done by the rain today. Asif Ali and Babar looked in good touch before the rain arrived. And the two wickets in the final two overs didn't help their cause to push the target beyond 130. Australia now need 119 in 15 overs to take the series lead. Won't be easy but doesn't look daunting as well.

Pakistan 107/5

Superb innings from Babar Azam. Once again, he has carried this batting lineup on his shoulders. He remains not out on 59 off 38 deliveries. Pakistan lost the wickets of Asif Ali and Imad Wasim in the final two overs once play resumed.

Update

"If there is no further rain, play will commence at 16:30. The total revised overs to be completed are 15. The interval break will go for 20 minutes." - Cricket Australia

Rain returns

Frustration as rain makes a comeback forcing players off the field. There are boos around the ground but you can't do much.

Rizwan falls

Pakistan were looking good following this half-century stand but Australia have struck at the right time. Rizwan's SR did fall below 100 and he had to go for it but he only manages to find the long on fielder. Azam remains key now for the visitors.

Powerplay to Australia

Two wickets and the hosts are comfortably on top. Rizwan took on Zampa to inject some momentum into the Pakistan innings but with the run rate just hovering over six, there is a lot of work to be done.

2 in 2

What is going on here? What was Haris trying to do? He tries to take on Richardson and plays a very loose stroke. The top edge goes miles up in the air before landing safely once again in Smith's palms. Pakistan have made a horrible start here. 10/2 already.

Early strike

What a start for Australia!! Fakhar Zaman bags a golden duck in the opening over. He slices one straight to Smith at point and Pakistan are jolted early. Haris Sohail joins Babar Azam out in the middle now.

Perfect!!

Rain arrives

Bad news peeps!! Rain has arrived immediately after the toss. There was a rain threat for this encounter unfortunately and we are having a damp start. Covers have been brought out to the middle. Let's hope the skies clear soon.

Toss - Australia opt to bowl

Both teams have gone in with XIs that were expected. Australia are playing their best bowlers and Pakistan are going in with their three-man left-arm pace attack as well.

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan

Buildup

A few changes to personnel, a new captain and renewed hope after getting blanked by a depleted Sri Lankan side on their own backyard. Pakistan have arrived in Australia hoping to not only put up a better challenge than Sri Lanka last week, but also to give a good account of themselves 12 months ahead of a T20 WC which will be held in this country. It's been ten years since Pakistan won a T20 WC and now their preparations begin towards that second title. Babar Azam has been handed the reigns and as the world's number one batsman in this format, he will have to play a key role himself.

Their bowling attack resembles a very experienced look at least in the pace department with the return of Mohammad Irfan. Having not played for Pakistan in over three years, the 37-year-old is back, probably for one final crack. But can he stop the rampaging David Warner? That man has been in red hot form and wasn't dismissed at all against Sri Lanka in those three games. Australia's batting lineup was hardly tested in those three games but they know a stiffer challenge awaits them now.

In the absence of Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner will have to shoulder more responsibility and Ben McDermott will be looking to impress as well especially with so many star names waiting in the wings to break in. Australia now have opted to play two spinners in their lineup and that would mean batting Ashton Agar at 7. If they do lose early wickets, it will be interesting to see how they approach their innings. Welcome to the live blog for this opening T20I. There is plenty to look forward to today at the SCG. Tweet in your opinions @Narbavi and have them featured on the blog.

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