The first match was a no result because of rain with Australia in charge at Sydney.
Cricket is considered a religion not just in the Asian sub-continent and that was once again evident from a picture where a newly married Pakistani couple was busy following the second T20I game between Australia and Pakistan on their television set in the U.S. on Tuesday. Iftikhar has now overtaken Finch and Dhoni and has become the highest run-scorer in T20 cricket, batting at number six in Australia. His 34-ball 62, laden with three sixes and five fours, helped Pakistan score 44 in the last four overs, recovering well after Babar Azam's exit left them at 106/5.
Smith raised his fourth T20 half-century off 36 balls when he whipped tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan to the midwicket boundary. "The ball was coming nicely on the bat but Pakistani openers failed to capitalise on that", he said and added that the touring batsmen did not show any sense of maturity in building the innings.More news: Lima Astronomical Society holding Mercury Transit viewing
It soon seemed insufficient, however, as Australia skipper Aaron Finch and Warner stormed out of the blocks, smashing 30 runs in three overs before Warner was bowled for 20 by Mohammad Amir.
Warner and Smith had earlier contributed a run out apiece - Warner producing a superb direct hit from midwicket to remove Babar Azam for 50 from 38 deliveries.
"Pakistan could have easily scored 200 or around that on this particular wicket", reckoned Shoaib.More news: Manchester United vs. Partizan Belgrade - Football Match Report
Earlier, Pakistan, which won the toss, owed its total to a career-best 64 not out by No. 6 batsman Iftikhar Ahmed. "They bowled beautifully. Then it was just about timing the run and fortunately I was able to do that tonight". Steve Smith took the match away.
"It's very hard when we lose early wickets and we have to gain the momentum again".
It will mark his only long-form hitout before the November 21 Test, with the team set to arrive in camp in Brisbane on Sunday week.More news: AT&T will pay $60 million after hiding data throttling
The brilliant Babar struck Kane Richardson's first two balls for four and kept Pakistan ticking along after Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail fell cheaply to Pat Cummins and Richardson respectively.