Pakistan beat Australia in third ODI, win series: Records broken
Pakistan scripted a nine-wicket win in the third ODI to seal a 2-1 win over the visitors. Australia were left starving from the initial overs. Nonetheless, they were involved in some calculated scoring at the latter stage to post 210 runs on board. Later, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam clocked a fifty and hundred respectively to wrap up the series. Here are more details.
Australia were reduced to 0/2 in 1.3 overs. However, the visitors' middle-order came to the rescue. Carey, Cameron Green, and Sean Abbott showed character to drive the Aussies to a 200-plus total. For Pakistan, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Jr bowled exceptionally well. In the second innings, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq notched match-winning tallies to lay the foundation for a series triumph.
Finch has looked like a shell of himself in the last few matches. He averaged just 7.66 across three ODIs played in this series. In the third ODI, he was dismissed on a plumb to Haris Rauf's delivery. It was his second consecutive duck in the ongoing ODI series. With that, the right-hander has now registered an unwanted 13 ducks in his ODI career.
Shaheen Afridi, with figures of 2/40 in the third ODI, finished with the joint-most number of wickets in the series (6). He now has 59 wickets across 30 ODIs. Mohammad Wasim Jr and Haris Rauf pocketed three wickets each. Haris has raced to 19 wickets in 11 matches at 28.73. Wasim, who debuted in this series, claimed five wickets with best figures of 3/40.
McDermott finished as the highest run-getter for the Aussies. His knocks read 55, 104, and 36. He struck a whopping tally of 17 fours and five sixes over the course of the series. He amassed 195 runs in 3 innings while averaging 65.00. He struck his maiden hundred in this series. He has now aggregated 223 runs in five matches at 44.60.
The third ODI witnessed Imam-ul-Haq (89*) clobber his 11th fifty in the 50-overs. He finished as the highest run-getter in the series (298). He raced past the 2,300-run mark in ODIs. Across 49 ODIs, the southpaw has racked up 2,321 runs averaging 53.97. Meanwhile, Babar slammed his 16th ODI ton. He notched 276 runs in the series at 138.00.
Babar (16) is now second only to Saeed Anwar (20) in terms of most hundreds by a Pakistani batter in One Day Internationals. Against Australia, he has amassed 588 runs in 9 matches averaging 73.50. In Pakistan, he has now garnered 697 runs across 9 ODIs with 4 hundreds and 3 fifites. Overall, he has amassed 4,261 runs at an awe-striking average of 59.18
Alex Carey slammed his sixth fifty in ODIs. The southpaw, with his knock of 56, has now amassed 1,268 runs across 43 innings. It was his second fifty against Pakistan in the 50-overs. Sean Abbott struck a blistering 40-ball 49 (six fours, one six) at the fag end of the Aussie innings. It's his highest score in One Day Internationals.