The first match was a no result because of rain with Australia in charge at Sydney.
The decision to rest Cummins may well open the way for Sean Abbott to play his first worldwide in more than five years, as Australia look for a victory at Perth Stadium on Friday evening to close out an unbeaten six matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, where so far only Sydney rain and arcane playing conditions have prevented a clean sweep.
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.
The first T20I in Sydney was abandoned due to rain with Australia reaching 41-0 in 3.1 overs in hunt of a 119-run target in a 15-over match thanks to a brisk 16-ball 37* from skipper Aaron Finch.
Babar Azam drives Mitchell Starc: The Pakistani captain continued from where he left in the first T20I in Sydney. "If you look at my batting record in T20 internationals, it's not crash hot", Smith said. In T20 I've thought for seven or eight years that how you're bowling unit plays and how you field is really important. Meanwhile, Smith ensured that the Aussies lost no more wickets as he took the responsibility of scoring the bulk of runs.
"Pakistan could have easily scored 200 or around that on this particular wicket", reckoned Shoaib.
Earlier, Azam, the world's top T20 batsman, again anchored the Pakistan innings with a 38-ball 50 as teammates fell around him until he found support from Ahmed, who notched a maiden, and entertaining, half-century. "They bowled beautifully. Then it was just about timing the run and fortunately I was able to do that tonight".
Iftikhar faced an unbeaten 62 from 34 balls and hit five fours and three sixes. "He took the game away with a magnificent innings".
Australia spinner Ashton Agar (2-23) and Adam Zampa (0-31) slowed down Pakistan in the middle overs before Ahmed's late assault against Richardson saw the seamer leak 36 runs in his last two overs.