Wade's maiden century helps Australia to 92-run win
Australia 268-9 (Wade 100no) beat
Pakistan 176 (Faulkner 4-32) by 92 runs
First One-Day International in Brisbane
Matthew Wade slammed his maiden One-Day International century as Australia secured a comfortable 92-run win while defending a total of 269 runs against Pakistan in the first game of the series in Brisbane.
Australia opted to bat first on winning the toss with Chris Lynn and Billy Stanlake making their debut.
After a tentative start to the innings, Australia lost both David Warner (7) and Steven Smith (0) in successive deliveries during the fifth over bowled by Mohammad Amir (2-54).
Chris Lynn (16) announced his arrival with a six and Travis Head (39) struck three consecutive boundaries in the ninth over bowled by Wahab Riaz (0-42).
Just when the duo were looking good, Hasan Ali (3-65) induced a false stroke that got rid of Lynn and few overs later Head was caught behind off Imad Wasim (2-35).
The wickets continued to tumble as Mitchell Marsh (4) gave Wasim his second wicket after nicking one to the keeper. Australia were 78 for five at that stage.
Wade (100 not out) and Glenn Maxwell (60) tried to consolidate the innings and in the 22nd over bowled by Amir, the former was given out LBW but Australia used a review to overturn the decision.
With boundaries starting to come freely, the duo completed the 50-run stand off just 56 deliveries and Maxwell completed his own fifty off 45 deliveries as Australia looked better at 153 for five after 30 overs.
However, Hasan once again provided Pakistan the breakthrough with a slower delivery that saw Maxwell chip one to midwicket, ending the 82-run stand.
10 runs later, James Faulkner (5) edged a Mohammad Nawaz (1-48) delivery to first slip. Pat Cummins (15), who was dropped by the slip fielder in the 40th over, provided the much needed support for Wade as the Australian wicket-keeper batsman reached his fifty with a six, needing 65 deliveries for it.
Even though, Pakistan managed to remove Cummins and Mitchell Starc (10), Wade with some support from Stanlake (1 not out) completed his maiden century in ODIs off the last ball of the innings ending the innings for Australia at 268 for nine.
Hasan picked three wickets for Pakistan while Wasim and Amir chipped with two each.
Pakistan got off to a steady start of 18 for naught in the first five overs. Sharjeel Khan (24) stepped up the ante with a sixth over bowled by Stanlake (0-13) but in the same over there were couple of causalities.
Sharjeel was hit on the helmet by a Stanlake bouncer and the bowler himself was struggling from exhaustion and eventually his debut was cut short to just three overs after he left the field.
In the next over, Azhar Ali (24) was suffering from cramps, causing further delay in play which eventually affected Sharjeel's concentration as he chipped one straight to Warner at mid on, giving Faulkner (4-32) his first wicket.
Three deliveries later, Azhar left the field with a hamstring injury and Australia seized on to the opportunity.
Mohammad Hafeez's (4) comeback was restricted to just seven deliveries after he nicked a Faulkner delivery to the keeper.
Babar Azam (33) and Umar Akmal (17) looked good during their 32-run stand but Cummins (3-33) and Starc (2-34) struck in quick succession to remove the duo and Pakistan looked in deep trouble at 109 for four.
Even though Mohammad Rizwan (21), Wasim (29) got starts and Azhar also returned for a brief period later in the innings, Pakistan never looked in control as Australia kept pegging away with wickets at regular intervals.
They were eventually bowled out for 176 in 42.4 overs with Starc, Faulkner and Cummins sharing nine wickets between them while Head (0-28) was economical in his 10 overs.
The 92-run win has taken Australia to 1-0 lead in the five-match series with Wade bagging the player of the match.
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