CHESTER-LE-STREET, England - Fawad Ahmed's breakthrough performance for Australia failed to prevent the tourists suffering a 29-run loss to England in the second Twenty20 international on Saturday.
The former Pakistani refugee took his first full international wickets, finishing with 3-25 at Chester-le-Street in only his second appearance for his adopted homeland.
The leg-spinner's performance helped keep England to 5-195 from 20 overs after it appeared they were set for a bigger total, but Australia could only manage 9-168 in response.
England's win was set up by opener Alex Hales' superb 94 from 61 balls while David Warner led the chase for Australia with 53 off 42.
The result ensured honours were even in the two-match T20 series, setting up an intriguing five-match one-day battle starting next week.
Ahmed, who fled to Australia from Pakistan in 2010 as an asylum seeker, completed a remarkable journey when he made a wicketless debut in Australia's 39-run win in the opening T20 in Southampton on Thursday.
But he showed on Saturday why he is being tipped for an Ashes call-up in the Australian summer and being touted as a potential new spin king.
The 31-year-old was one of few bowlers not to cop heavy punishment after Australia captain George Bailey won the toss.
Hales and Michael Lumb (43 off 27) took it to Australia's pace attack early with James Faulkner (2-37) conceding 19 runs from his first over.
But it was Ahmed who slowed the run rate and took a much-needed wicket, getting Lumb to sky a shot over his head for Matthew Wade to glove a good catch.
Ahmed blew a kiss to the sky after taking his first international wicket before being embraced by his teammates.