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Maxwell Hands Australia Clean Sweep

Australia celebrate a wicket
Australia clinched victory by one run in a thrilling conclusion to the ODI series
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Australia 231-9 (Smith 77, Warner 56) beat
Pakistan 230 (Asad Shafiq 50) by one run
Third One-Day International, Abu Dhabi

Glenn Maxwell bowled a double-wicket maiden when Pakistan needed just two runs for victory to hand Australia a one-run win in the third and final One-Day International in Abu Dhabi and a 3-0 series success.

After Australia had made 231 for nine, Pakistan hit the penultimate over for 10 runs but were reliant on Sohail Tanvir, Zulfiqar Babar and Mohammad Irfan to get them over the line.

Tanvir fell to the second ball of the over and after failing to score from the next three, Irfan was caught at extra cover by James Faulkner trying to win the game at the last for Pakistan.

Asad Shafiq had earlier top scored with 50 for Pakistan, who were led by Shahid Afridi after Misbah-ul-Haq stood down for the match.

However, even Afridi was left stunned by the outcome as Australia's spinners - entrusted with the last three overs of the match - closed out the game.

This was by far the closest match of the series after Australia won the opening match by 93 runs and the second game by five wickets.

David Warner (56) and Steve Smith (77) had earlier helped set up Australia's score before Tanvir took three for 40 to peg them back.

Maxwell, Xavier Doherty, Kane Richardson and Faulkner all took two wickets for Australia.

This was a game full of drama and at the centre of it was Smith, who was later named man of the series.

He struck two fours during his 105-ball innings which laid the foundations for Australia, but then produced a moment of brilliance in the field to catch Fawad Alam off the bowling of Doherty (2-54).

Fielding at slip, as Fawad premeditated a sweep, Smith moved to leg-slip (as the playing conditions of international cricket permit him to do) and completed the catch.

Pakistan had gone from 80 for one to 80 for three and although Shafiq, with support from Sohaib Maqsood (34) got them close, they couldn't rely on their bowlers to get them home.

Tanvir hit 10 in 15 balls and Babar was unbeaten on 14 in 11 but even without Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon in their side, Australia had enough in reserve - as well as plenty of never-say-die attitude - to hold them off.

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