Starc and Cummins rip through Pakistan batting to dismiss 'hosts' for 74
Australia thrashed Pakistan by 94 runs to claim a consolation win in the third T20I match in Dubai.
Mitchell Starc (3-11) and Pat Cummins (3-15) ripped through the Pakistan top order as they were dismissed for their lowest total in T20I history of 74.
The Green Shirts never looked like getting near to their target of 169 as Australia quick bowlers Starc and Cummins both claimed two wickets inside the opening four overs.
Shane Watson then struck with the first ball of the sixth over to reduce Pakistan to 19-5.
Nasir Jamshed top-scored with 17 before Starc and Cummins returned to wrap up the innings as each of them claimed their third wickets.
Australia opening batsmen David Warner (59 off 34 balls) and Watson (47 off 32) had earlier got their side off to a flying start with a first-wicket stand of 111 in 10.4 overs.
39 came from overs seven and eight with Watson thumping Raza Hasan for three sixes before Warner did the same to Shoaib Malik.
Both openers fell in quick succession but Glenn Maxwell (27 from 20 balls) kept up a good tempo for the batting team.
Australia were 134-2 after 14 overs but lost five wickets for just 34 runs in the closing six overs.
Saeed Ajmal’s (2-19) two overs in that period conceded just three runs off the bat and saw the off-spinner claim two wickets.
Umar Gul (2-30) also struck twice in his final two overs but Australia’s stumble ultimately proved of no consequence.
The Australians end on a high after Pakistan won the first two matches of the three-match series.
Both teams now head to Sri Lanka for the ICC World T20 hoping to build on the positive elements of their period in the Emirates.