Australia beat Pakistan in 1st ODI: List of records broken
Australia beat Pakistan in the first ODI of the three-match series in Lahore on Tuesday. Batting first, the Aussies posted a challenging 313/7 in 50 overs. Travis Head slammed 101. In response, Pakistan were 120/1 at one stage before losing their way (225/10). Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq contributed with significant scores but they weren't enough. Here are the records that were broken.
Australia were off to a strong start as the openers added 110 runs. After Aaron Finch's dismissal, Head completed a 72-ball 101. Ben McDermott (55), Marnus Labuschagne (25), and Marcus Stoinis (26) did well. Cameron Green scored 40* to steer Australia past 300. In response, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman early on before Babar and Imam contributed. Australia hit back and kept things under control.
Since making his ODI debut against WI in June 2016, Head has played a total of 43 ODIs. So far, he has aggregated 1,374 runs at an average of 36.15. He has smashed two hundreds and 10 fifties. A prolific boundary-hitter, Head has hammered 147 fours and 19 sixes. He has a strike rate of 92.46.
Head has scored 371 runs versus Pakistan while striking at 74.20. He has a strike rate of 109.11. In fact, the southpaw notched his maiden ODI ton against Pakistan (128) in 2017. His knock was laced with nine fours and three sixes. On Tuesday, Head hit 12 fours and a six versus Pakistan to lay a strong foundation.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam slammed a 72-ball 57. He hit six fours and shared a 96-run stand alongside Imam for the second wicket. Notably, Babar registered his 18th ODI fifty. The stylish Babar has also surpassed the 4,000-run mark. He now has 4,042 runs at 56.92. Babar now has 369 runs versus Australia, hammering his second fifty. He averages 52.71 versus the Aussies.
Babar is now the second-fastest to 4,000 ODI runs. He took 82 innings to reach the milestone. Hashim Amla (81 innings) holds the record for the fastest to the landmark. Babar bettered Viv Richards' record of 88 innings.
Imam slammed 103 from 96 balls. The southpaw hit six fours and three sixes. Imam has raced to 2,126 runs at 50.61. Imam slammed his eighth ODI century. This was his maiden ODI century versus Australia.