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Australia Complete 5-0 Whitewash of Pakistan

Australia Complete 5-0 Whitewash of Pakistan Photo: TT
Australia Won the ODI Series 5-0

Australia beat Pakistan by 20 runs in Dubai, winning not only the fifth match in their ODI series, but all ensuring a 5–0 series whitewash.

For the final match in the series, Pakistan made one change, bringing in Mohammad Abbas for Mohammad Hasnain. Australia, who lost the toss and were invited to bat first, named an unchanged side.

However, for Pakistan it was very much déjà vu as they had to watch Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch give the visitors another strong start, with the openers putting on 134 for the first wicket, before Finch was bowled by Usman Shinwari for 53, having struck 2 sixes. Khawaja and Shaun Marsh then added 80 but, two runs short of his century, Khawaja was caught off the bowling of Shinwari for 98. He had struck 10 fours.

Marsh then shared a partnership of 60 with Glenn Maxwell, before he became the third man to fall, caught off the bowling of Junaid Khan for 61. Maxwell scored 70 off just 33 balls, including 3 sixes, but he fell in the penultimate over to Junaid. There was a late flurry of wickets at the end, with Shinwari claiming two more, and Junaid another, as Australia went for quick runs, and they eventually reached 327 – 7 from their 50 overs.

Shinwari claimed 4 for 49, whilst Junaid took 3 for 73.

In reply, Pakistan lost Abid Ali in the first over, caught behind off Jason Behrendorff, but Shan Masood and Haris Sohail put on 109 for the second wicket, before Masood was out for 50, lbw to Adam Zampa. Mohammad Rizwan fell cheaply to the bowling of Maxwell, but Sohail then combined with Umar Akmal in a partnership of 102 for the 4th wicket, which saw Sohail reach his second successive ODI century, before Akmal fell for 43, caught by Behrendorff off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

In the next over, Sohail’s fine innings came to an end, caught by Lyon off Kane Richardson for 130, having struck 3 sixes and 11 fours.

Saad Ali fell to Behrendorff for just 4, but, with overs running out, captain Imad Wasim and Yasir Shah looked to lead a late fight with a stand of 48 for the seventh wicket, before Yasir fell off the last ball of the penultimate over to Behrendorff for 11. There was still time for Wasim to reach his 50, but, at the end his side fell short of their target.

Glenn Maxwell was named man of the match.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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