Australia beat Pakistan by 6 runs to win their 4th ODI in Dubai – despite two Pakistan men scoring ODI centuries.
Put into bat Australia got off to another good start through Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja, with the pair putting on 56 for the first wicket before Finch was dismissed for 39 by Mohammad Hasnain. Australia then stumbled with Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis all falling cheaply, leaving Khawaja to hold the innings together at the other end, before the opener he was lbw to Yasir Shah for 62.
However, Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey then put on 134 for the sixth wicket to put the visitors back in the driving seat, until Maxwell was run out off the second ball of the last over for 98. He had hit 3 sixes and 9 fours. Carey was out for 55 off the last ball of the innings caught of the bowling of Hasnain, but they had helped their side reach 277 – 7.
Pakistan lost Shan Masood in the first over, but Abdi Ali and Haris Sohail put on 74 for the second wicket, before Sohail fell for 25. Ali and Mohammad Rizwan then shared a stand of 144 with Ali reaching his maiden ODI century on debut before he fell to the bowling of Adam Zampa for 112. He had struck 9 fours.
Rizwan was left to continue the run chase, but he was let down by his partners, none of whom made it in double figures as the pressure mounted. Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up a couple of wickets, as the Australians began to squeeze the Pakistan batsmen, and although Rizwan reached his own first ODI century before the end, it was not enough, and his side finished on 271 -8, short of their target.
Coulter-Nile finished with 3 for 53, whilst Marcus Stoinis took 2 for 20.
The result means that Australia take a four nil lead in their series, with one match to come on the same ground on Sunday.
Glenn Maxwell’s innings coupled with neat bowling figures were enough to earn him the man of the match award