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Ben Mc Dermott has now been run out in three of four innings for Australia

Ben Mc Dermott has now been run out in three of four innings for Australia

AUSTRALIA have slumped to a whitewash defeat in the T20 series against Pakistan, losing the third and final game in Dubai by 33 runs.

Australia continued to lose wickets regularly and an unlucky Ben McDermott - who top-scored with 21 off 20 balls, including two fours and one six - was run out for the third time in in the three-match series.

Pakistan and New Zealand meet in three T20's, three ODI's and three Tests.

Azam excelled with the bat throughout the innings as he reached his second half-century of the three-match series on his way to earning himself a well-deserved Player of the Series award.

The Black Caps warmed up for that series with a 27 run win over the UAE in Abu Dhabi.

Recalled spinner Nathan Lyon claimed his first ever T20 worldwide wicket when Farhan sliced to Tye at long off, cutting short an innings in which he struck three sixes.

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Imad has been rewarded for his four wickets with a gain of 14 places that has put him in 10th position.Outside the top 10, Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf has jumped 18 places to a career-best 16th ranking, Hasan Ali has risen eight places to a career-high 21st position.

That highlights Pakistan's No 1 ranking in the shortest format as they powered Australia for a second match running.

A lot of credit should also be given to captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who, after a horrid time out in the recently concluded Asia Cup, showed in the Test series and now in the T20Is that he is still the right man to lead the team.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's 3-0 series win means they will remain the number-one ranked side irrespective of how their upcoming series against fifth-ranked New Zealand and the three-match series between second-ranked India and seventh-ranked Windies pan out.

While the Australian bowlers performed well, it was their batting which let them down as they fell short by a huge margin of 66 runs in the first match. Australia's batting line-up never recovered from being bowled out for 89 in the first game.

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