Australia's Steve Smith 'surprised' by T20 Player of the Series award

Pakistan's batsmen have struggled to counter the formidable Australian pace attack

Pakistan's batsmen have struggled to counter the formidable Australian pace attack

The 29-year-old had Azam trapped in front for his first scalp of the day, with an unsuccessful review unable to overturn the umpire's call.

Come Friday, Australia will be targeting a successive series win while Pakistan will aim to draw level. Australia have made two changes with fast bowler Pat Cummins rested after a long run of games and Billy Stanlake taking his place.

Despite the poor run, which included an embarrassing 3-0 home series defeat to an under-strength Sri Lanka that cost Sarfaraz Ahmed the captaincy, they remain number one in the rankings. They've all done it really well - they did it against Sri Lanka as well.

Babar, the world's No.1 T20 batsman, had loomed as the danger man after making half-centuries in the opening two matches.

The Australians included Abbott for his first global in five years, and also recalled Stanlake at the expense of Adam Zampa in expectation of a bouncy pitch.

Abbott claimed career-best figures in his global return, removing the risky Imam-ul-Haq and middle-order batsman Imad Wasim.

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Imam's inclusion at the top was another attempt to find some support for Babar, and for the first couple of overs the pair looked to be finding their feet.

Mohammad Rizwal was then on the receiving end of a searing in-swinger that slipped straight through the gate and sent his stumps flying.

Iftikhar set about restoring Pakistan's innings but quickly ran out of partners, with Ashton Agar's superb catch to dismiss Imad Wasim exemplifying the hosts' sharp fielding.

The third and final T20I will be played in Perth.

The explosive Warner hit Mohammad Amir for six in the first over and there was no looking back in a display of power-hitting from the two men.

Finch signalled as much with a brutal pull shot from Hasnain that cleared the backward square leg rope, some 84 metres away, despite the lurking presence of an outfielder for the shot. We've learned the value of that through the World Cup 50-over competition.

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