Australia beat Pakistan by just 6 runs in 4th ODI

Glenn Maxwell 98 for Australia today
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Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl against Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai today in the 4th ODI of the series.

Match Summary

Australia 277-7  (Usman Khawaja 62 , Glenn Maxwell 98, Alex Carey 55; Imad Wasim 2-56, Yasir Shah 2-57, Mohammad Hasnain 2-52)

Pakistan 271-8 (Abid Ali 112, Mohammad Rizwan 104; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3-53, Marcus Stoinis 2-20)

Result - Australia won by 6 runs

Scorecard

Batting first, Australia scored 277-7  off their 50 overs with Usman Khawaja 62 , Glenn Maxwell 98 and Alex Carey 55 the main run getters and Imad Wasim 2-56, Yasir Shah 2-57 and Mohammad Hasnain 2-52, the wicket takers for Pakistan.

In reply, Pakistan just fell short in the run chase by 6 runs. Brilliant centuries from Abid Ali 112 and Mohammad Rizwan 104 went unrewarded as Pakistan were kept from winning by some great bowling from the Australian bowlers - Nathan Coulter-Nile 3-53 and Marcus Stoinis 2-20 the pick of their bowlers.

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 Match Report - Australia hold their nerve in a Dubai thriller

Even two fighting centuries were not enough to take Pakistan home in their latest ODI against Australia at Dubai. There were just not enough boundaries and far too many dot balls – courtesy of excellent bowling and field placing – leaving Pakistan to knock 40 in the last 5 overs and quite stiff 17 in the last bowled by Marcus Stoinis. He dismissed Mohammad Rizwan, who with a busy 104 off 102 balls to his credit, had done his best but sadly not enough. Australia won the game by 6 runs to go 4-0 up in the series with one last game remaining on Sunday.

Earlier, making his international debut, the 31-year old opening batsman Abid Ali, stroked a fluent 112 off 119 balls with 9 fours, to give Pakistan a scent of victory. A target of 278, set by Australia, on Abid’s dismissal in the 42nd over was still quite challenging for a young Pakistan side, with 60 still required off 53 balls. Umar Akmal’s cheap dismissal must end all his hopes of making it into the World Cup squad.

With the series already in their bag, Australia arrived for the last two matches of the series in Dubai, fully confident of not letting off any pressure. Pakistan, very astutely despite three defeats were refusing to panic which reflected in management’s decision to retain Yasir Shah and Mohammad Hasnain. Both the bowlers have not had the best of times in UAE but were expected to come back and show their worth. In case we have forgotten, with seven players resting, Pakistan had an opportunity to expose, all the fringe players, to international arena.

Pakistan, led for the first time by all-rounder Imad Wasim replacing injured Shoaib Malik, won the toss and elected to bowl first. Swansea-born, Imad, a level-headed personality, is an intelligent white-ball cricketer and a good bet for leadership role for the future and could possibly be named as a deputy to Sarfraz Ahmed, for the forthcoming ODI series against in England and for the World Cup.

Australia with a slow beginning to their innings, reached 56 in the 13th over when Aaron Finch with 39 off 42 balls to his name became Mohammad Hasnain’s first international scalp. When Usman Khawaja was trapped leg-before by Yasir for 62, half of the Australian line-up was in the pavilion for 140 runs on the board in the 29th over. Pakistan bowlers, both pace and spin, were on top for the first time in the present series and looking to wrap up the Australians innings. Although it is a dead rubber it did not stop Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey (55), to form a substantial partnership of 134 for the 6th wicket and lift the final total to 277-7.

Maxwell, dropped early on by wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan off Yasir and then bowled on a Shinwari no-ball on 76 in the 47th over, was set to inflict more damage on the Pakistan bowling. Quick hands and incredibly skilful with extraordinary range of strokes at his disposal, Maxwell was finally run out for 98 (82 balls, 9 fours and 3 sixes) in the last over of the Australian innings. Not surprisingly he was named Player of the Match. 

Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Saad Ali, Imad Wasim(c), Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Yasir Shah, Usman Shinwari, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain

Australia - Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa

 

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