Warner marathon powers Australia to series victory
Australia 353-6 (Warner 130) beat
Pakistan 267 (Sharjeel 74) by 86 runs
Fourth One-Day International in Sydney
After a blistering 130 from David Warner powered Australia to 353 for six in the 50 overs, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa shared six wickets between them to dismiss Pakistan for 267 to secure a 86-run win in the fourth One-Day International in Sydney.
The win also means Australia have completed a 3-1 series victory with one more game to go.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Warner (130) and Usman Khawaja (30) gave a blistering start to the innings after bringing their 50-run stand off just 37 deliveries with the former contributing most of it.
At the end of the first powerplay, Australia were 63 for naught. Warner completed his fifty off just 35 deliveries but the 92-run opening stand finally ended when Hasan Ali (5-52) had Khawaja caught behind.
Steven Smith (49) started his innings with a first ball boundary and he had a reprieve when he was dropped by Sharjeel Khan at backward point in the 24th over bowled by Junaid Khan (0-82).
The 50-run stand between Warner and Smith came in 47 deliveries and few overs later, Warner reached his 12th ODI century, needing 98 deliveries for it. By the 30th over mark, Australia were 175 for one.
In the 32nd over, Smith survived a tight review from Pakistan for LBW as Australia went past the 200-run mark in 35 overs. Pakistan had some respite when Hasan had both Warner and Smith dismissed in the 36th over.
Pakistan continued to remain sloppy in the field as Hasan dropped Glenn Maxwell (78) in the 39th over. Maxwell along with Travis Head (51) provided the much needed momentum for Australia in the end.
The pair added 100 runs off 64 deliveries to take Australia past 300. Head and Maxwell completed their respective half-centuries off 35 and 34 deliveries respectively.
In the last 10 overs, Australia added 118 runs and ended their innings at a massive 353 for six from the 50 overs. Hasan was by far the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with a five-wicket haul.
Pakistan suffered an early blow in the chase when Hazlewood (3-54) had Azhar Ali (7) edge one behind the stumps. However, Sharjeel (74) and Babar Azam (31) scored nine boundaries and a six between to take Pakistan to 65 for one in the first 10 overs, in the process also completing a 50-run partnership.
It was the off-spin bowling of Head (2-66) that broke the 73-run stand, when Azam attempted a slog sweep in the 14th over.
Sharjeel stepped up the accelerator after notching his fifty as he smashed four boundaries and a six in the next two overs. Just when he was looking dangerous, Zampa (3-55) playing his first game in the series had him caught a deep midwicket.
Even though, Mohammad Hafeez (40) and Shoaib Malik (47) tried to get the fight going, with the required run rate climbing high, the pressure got the better of Pakistan as they were dismissed for 267 in 43.5 overs. Warner was adjudicated with the player of the match award.
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