Pakistan vs Australia, 3rd ODI: Pakistan beat Australia by 9 wickets to claim ODI series 2-1
Pakistan overwhelmed Australia by 9 wickets, in the 3rd and deciding ODI of series, mainly thanks to another outstanding batting performance from Babar Azam 105* and Imam ul Haq 89*
Pakistan vs Australia, 3rd ODI, Australia tour of Pakistan
Pakistan 214/1 (37.5 ov)
Australia 210/10 (41.5 ov)
Result - Pakistan won by 9 wickets
Match Report - PCB
Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq stitched an unbroken 190 runs second wicket partnership after fast bowlers Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Shaheen Shah Afridi shared eight wickets between them to hand Pakistan a thumping nine wickets victory over Australia in the third and final One-Day International at the Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday.
Haris took three for 39, Wasim picked up three for 40 and Shaheen scooped two for 40 to dismiss Australia for 210 in 41.5 overs after Babar had won the third successive toss and maintained consistency by electing to field.
Babar then led the run-chase with a superlative 105 not out, his 16th century in 86 matches, while Imam provided an excellent support to his captain by returning undefeated on 89 as Pakistan raced to victory in 37.5 overs to annex their first ODI series over Australia since 2002.
Babar is now just four centuries behind Saeed Anwar, who stroked 20 centuries in 247 matches. Pakistan batting coach Mohammad Yousuf stroked 15 centuries in 281 ODIs.
Australia plunged to 67 for five when Marcus Stoinis (19) and Ben McDermott (36) fell to Zahid Mahmood and Mohammad Wasim Jnr, respectively.
Alex Carey (56, 61 balls, 6x4, 1x6) and Cameron Green (34) put on 81 runs for the sixth wicket to put Australia back on track. However, their departure in a space of seven runs ended all hopes of the tourists putting up a decent score and it was only due to Sean Abbott’s 40-ball 49 with six fours and a six that the visitors were able to reach 210 in 41.5 overs.
Abbott was particularly ruthless against Shaheen when he took the Pakistan speedster for 21 in an over, but was just the delay of the inevitable.
By virtue of winning the series 2-1, Pakistan has moved to eighth on the 13-team ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League on 60 points. In the ICC ODI Team Rankings, Pakistan are sixth, five points behind South Africa.
The two sides will now meet in the only T20I on Tuesday with the first ball to be bowled at 20.30 local time.
Australia Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Travis Head - 0.1 ov), 2-0 (Aaron Finch - 1.3 ov), 3-6 (Marnus Labuschagne - 5.1 ov), 4-59 (Marcus Stoinis - 12.5 ov), 5-67 (Ben McDermott - 15.2 ov), 6-148 (Cameron Green - 31.1 ov), 7-155 (Alex Carey - 32.6 ov), 8-162 (Jason Behrendorff - 34.6 ov), 9-166 (Nathan Ellis - 35.5 ov), 10-210 (Sean Abbott - 41.5 ov)
Pakistan Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Fakhar Zaman - 3.4 ov)
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Babar Azam, Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Zahid Mahmood
Australia: Alex Carey (WK), Travis Head, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben McDermott, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Adam Zampa, Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff
Date - April 2, 2022 11:00
Venue - Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Toss - Pakistan won the toss & elected to field
Umpires - Aleem Dar and Rashid Riaz
TV Umpires - Ahsan Raza
Match Referee - Muhammad Javed
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