Babar Azam, Imad Wasim star as Pakistan crush Australia in first T20I

Opener Fakhar Zaman plays a shot during the final of the T20 tri-series at Harare Sports Club

Azam struck an unbeaten 68 while Wasim capped a return to global cricket with three wickets as Pakistan crushed Australia by 66 runs on Wednesday.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch says he deserves plenty of blame for a woeful T20 loss to Pakistan that he likened to a slow-motion vehicle crash.

Azam hit five fours and a six in his 55-ball innings as Pakistan made 155-8 before Wasim (3-20) ripped apart Australia's top order as they slumped to 89 all out - their joint-third lowest T20 score - at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.

"Absolutely they'll be looking at changes", Finch said. However, a disastrous middle-overs collapse from Pakistan, in which they lost six wickets for 23 runs, gave Australia momentum.

Aaron Finch-led Australia, meanwhile, have gained some confidence after a comprehensive seven-wicket over UAE on Monday.

"That Powerplay was horrific.it was like a auto crash in slow motion", Finch said.

In a chase of 156, Australia slipped to 22/6 inside the Powerplay as Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf wreaked havoc, and it was only through a 38-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile that they were able to recover somewhat.

Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim snared 3-20 and emulated Cristiano Ronaldo's famous goal celebration for each wicket in what was his first national outing in nearly a year.

In response, Australia's chase got off to a disastrous start.

The experienced Shoaib Malik will miss the first T20I while Imad Wasim, who has been out of the team for injury issues, will again be seen in action. Part-time spinner D'Arcy Short had Hafeez top-edging to long-on and Asif Ali was caught plumb leg before wicket by legspinner Adam Zampa.

Australia needed to win the series 3-nil to secure the number one T20 ranking, but now need to refocus ahead of the second clash in Dubai on Saturday.

"I think any time you play anyone in a different country it's massively important and everyone wants to win", said Finch, who has won eight of the 16 matches, losing the other eight since in charge for four years.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was happy to bat first.

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