A cricket fan from the United States of America, Hasan Tasleen, did not let her wedding stop her from watching her favourite team play, as she watched the contest between Australia and Pakistan after she returned home from her wedding. Hasan Tasleem, who lives in Detroit Michigan, sent a letter to ICC along with a picture of her family and herself watching the match while the bride (Hasan) was welcomed to the close family with a traditional ceremony. The fan revealed that she had stayed up on countless days during odd hours to watch Pakistan in action against other teams. Hasan Tasleen said that even though it was her wedding night, she wasn't going to miss Pakistan's T20 clash against Australia. ICC took to Twitter to share the letter penned by Hasan Tasleen and a picture of the couple watching the game on their television screen along with their family.
Steve Smith had come out to the middle at the fall of David Warner's wicket. Chasing a target of 151, the Aussies had got off to a good start as the opening pair of David Warner and captain Aaron Finch had added 30 runs before the southpaw was castled by Mohammad Amir in the quest of scoring quick runs. Warner's opening partner Finch did not last long either and the hosts were reduced to 48/2. Steve Smith then anchored the Australian run chase as he and Ben McDermott added 58 runs for the third wicket stand before McDermott was trapped in front of the wicket of Imad Wasim. Meanwhile, Smith ensured that the Aussies lost no more wickets as he took the responsibility of scoring the bulk of runs. In the end, his efforts paid off as Australia reached the target in the 19th over. Smith remained unbeaten on a 51-ball 80 at a strike rate of 156.86 including 11 boundaries and a maximum.
Pakistan, who are currently the top-ranked T20I side have not had a good time in the game's shortest format so far. In fact, they have not won any T20I series this year. After winning 11 consecutive T20I series under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan had lost an away series against South Africa earlier this year and were whitewashed at home by Sri Lanka recently after which Sarfaraz was sacked from captaincy and was replaced by Babar Azam in the shortest format. Now, Pakistan cannot win the series, but they can certainly ensure that it ends in a stalemate provided they win the third and final T20I which will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth on Friday.