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by John Pennington Tuesday 7 October 2014
Australia 255-8 (Smith 101) beatPakistan 162 (Johnson 3-24) by 93 runsFirst One-Day International, SharjahScorecard
Steve Smith's maiden One-Day International century laid the foundations for Australia's 93-run win over Pakistan in the first One-Day International in Sharjah.
Smith hit 101 in 118 balls as Australia won the toss and posted 255 for eight from their 50 overs.
Fit-again Mitchell Johnson then returned three for 24 as Pakistan were bowled out for 162 in 36.3 overs.
With both sides missing key players due to a combination of injury and suspension, Australia coped best, promoting Smith to number three.
He responded to the dismissal of Aaron Finch to Mohammad Irfan from the first ball of the game by adding an 86-run stand for the second wicket with David Warner (43) and then completing his century.
George Bailey (18), Glenn Maxwell (21), James Faulkner (11), and debutant Sean Abbott (3) then fell as Pakistan tried to fight back, Shahid Afridi taking three for 46 and Wahab Riaz two for 61.
Brad Haddin then hit an unbeaten 23 in 27 balls and Johnson a quickfire 21 in 16 to finish Australia's innings strongly.
The left-arm quick, who missed the recent Champions League T20 due to injury, then had Ahmed Shehzad (4) caught behind before Pakistan lost three wickets for four runs to slip to 63 for four, Asad Shafiq (13) falling to a Johnson short ball after Sarfraz Ahmed and Misbah-ul-Haq were dismissed by Nathan Lyon.
Sarfraz cracked 34 in 41 balls and was caught by Haddin while Misbah was caught by Warner for a golden duck.
Fawad Alam was next to go, caught by Warner off Glenn Maxwell for seven and the wickets continued to tumble with only Umar Akmal, who made 46 in 57 deliveries, offering resistance.
Abbott took his maiden ODI wicket when Afridi was caught by Faulkner for five and after a few lusty blows from Zulfiqar Babar - like Abbott, making his debut - and Irfan, Pakistan were dismissed, not long after Johnson had bagged his third wicket when Anwar Ali was caught behind for eight.
The second ODI is at the same venue on Friday (10th October).
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