Meanwhile, Pakistan's quick start received a heat check as they ended 20 overs on 8-155, recording a 66-run victory. All five of Pakistan bowlers got into the act to see their side home with great ease.
Aaron Finch called Australia's batting display in the first T20I against Pakistan a slow motion "car crash" after they subsided for 89 in Abu Dhabi.
Having tasted defeat in the Test series, the belief was that Australia would come out strong in the first T20, but as it turned out, they imploded, just like they did in the Test series against a full-blooded Pakistan attack.
Only a rearguard action led by tailender Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) saved Australia from what had threatened to be a record T20 loss.
"It's pretty embarrassing, to be fair", said Finch.
"That powerplay was horrific.it was like a vehicle crash in slow motion".
Imad, who made his worldwide return, was adjudged man of the match. Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there.
In a chase of 156, Australia slipped to 22/6 inside the Powerplay as Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf wreaked havoc, and it was only through a 38-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile that they were able to recover somewhat. Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was very bad.
Finch said changes had to be considered for Friday's second T20 in Dubai, which will also host the third and final game on Sunday. After his 68 and Mohammad Hafeez's 30-ball 39, the next six batsmen combined to score 12 runs, Asif Ali, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf would have to present a better outing against the likes of Stanlake, Tye and Adam Zampa.
The innings was Australia's joint third-lowest score in T20Is (also against Pakistan, in 2012), with their worst performance being the 79 their power-packed batting line-up scraped together against England in 2005 in what was only the second T20I ever played.
Stanlake was at his menacing best, picking up 3-21 from his four overs while short-form specialist Tye used all his variations to perfection to snare 3-24 from four overs.