Haris Rauf’s 3/39 helped Pakistan bundle out Australia for 210 while Babar Azam’s 105 was the highlight of the nine-wicket win. Here's highlights of PAK vs AUS 3rd ODI.
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Pakistan defeated Australia by 9 wickets in the 3rd and decider ODI at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Saturday. First the bowlers put up a sensational performance to bundle out Australia for mere 210 before an unbeaten 190-run stand between Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq helped the side stitch an easy 9-wicket win. This is Pakistan’s first ODI series win over Australia in 20 years. Follow highlights of PAK vs AUS 3rd ODI here.
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“You need confidence after losing the first game. The credit goes to the players as they took responsibility and showed good efforts with the ball and the bat,” said Babar.
“When you get early wickets, there is pressure on the opposition. Almost every bowler of ours executed their plans. There is pressure but you should (play) your game. I try to take most of the pressure and back my boys,” he added.
A boundary down the ground from Imam-ul-Haq and there is the historic victory for Pakistan. They have beaten Australia for first time in an ODI series in 20 years. What a moment!
A cover drive for a couple and Babar Azam races to his 16th ODI century. What a knock this has been! Supremacy at its very best. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja is also on his feet to applaud the batting beauty from the stands.
In case of Babar Azam, it’s not only about the runs but also about the art of scoring. The beauty with which he plays a drive on the front foot, or the beauty with which he gets on his backfoot and punches it for a boundary, Babar just stands apart from the crowd. This innings had everything.
PAK 199/1 (35.2)
Pakistan need just 25 more to win off the remaining 102 balls, while Babar Azam needs just three more runs to race to his hundred.
PAK 186/1 (33)
Babar Azam is just 5 runs short of his 16th ODI hundred. Looking at his game, the century seems inevitable. The match is already over for Australia but the Pakistan skipper would like to put cherry on the cake with a hundred.
PAK 182/1 (32)
Babar Azam is looking great today. He is hitting everything from the middle of his bat. He is 84 not out and has a really good chance to score another ODI hundred here.
PAK 165/1 (29)
Babar Azam and Imam are toying around with the Australian bowlers now. Not only bad balls but even good balls are being punished for boundaries. And with every run, Pakistan are inching closer to a historic ODI series win.
PAK 153/1 (27)
23.4 - A single on the leg side and it's the 11th ODI fifty for Imam-ul-Haq. He has been terrific not only today but also in this entire series. He had hit 103 in the first ODI, followed it with a 106 in the second. Can he make it a hat-trick of centuries? The required runs might not permit him to do so.
Four runs came off the 24th over.
PAK 135/1 (24)
21.5 - A couple from babar Azam and the partnership between him and Imam is now of 101 runs. Pakistan had lost Fakhar Zaman when the team's score was 24 and Australia thought they had a good chance to make a comeback, but the Babar-Imam duo has literally killed the game.
PAK 125/1 (22)
There is the 19th ODI fifty for Babar Azam. He has been in great touch in this ODI series. He scored 57 in the first game then hit a match-winning 114 in the second and he is now cruising towards another good score today here at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Yes, he has been lucky more than a couple of times in this innings but looked really solid otherwise.
PAK 109/1 (19)
While the first boundary had class written all over it, the second boundary just needed Babar’s help to go to the fine leg boundary as Cameron Green had fed him on the pads. the Pakistan skipper is having a ball out there in the middle.
PAK 83/1 (13.4)
Pakistan had dominated the first powerplay in bowling, and now they dominate it in batting as well. Fakhar Zaman departed early but the duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam has made sure it didn't open the floodgates. Though Babar was lucky to get dropped early in his innings, he has looked solid at the crease.
PAK 57/1 (10)
Babar Azam was dropped on the second ball of the 5th over at square leg, otherwise Australia could have had more to boost themselves in defence of a low total. On the very next over, the Pakistan skipper played a straight drive to put salt to the injury.
PAK 34/1 (6)
Here is the first blood for Australia. Fakhar Zaman has been dismissed on 17 by nathan Ellis. It was a slower ball from Ellis, Fakhar tried to work it on the leg side but the lack of pace got a leading edge and flew in front of mid-off fielder Marnus Labuschagne, who took a really good diving catch.
PAK 24/1 (3.4)
This is a good start for Pakistan. They got two boundaries in the first over that was bowled was Jason Behrendorff and one boundary in the second over that was bowled by Nathan Ellis. Needless to say, Australia need quick wickets to stay alive in the game.
PAK 15/0 (2)
This is a sensational bowling effort from Pakistan. However, they could have restricted Australia to a much lower score had they dismissed Sean Abbott early. Abbott's 49 off 40 balls has kept Australia alive in the game. Apart from his knock, Alex Carey's 56 also helped the guests' cause.
On the other hand, Haris Rauf picked 3/39, Mohammad Wasim Junior picked 3/40, while Shaheen Afridi took 2/40.
Haris Rauf eventually gets rid of Sean Abbott but what an innings this has been from the right-hander. Australia were kept at bay since the start of the game, but his innings has assured they have something on the board to fight.
AUS 210 All Out (41.5)
Australia have scored 35 runs in the last 25 balls, courtesy Sean Abbott who is batting on 40 off 30. You must note that he hit Shaheen Afridi for 21 runs in the 39th over.
AUS 201/9 (40)
Before the praise on Pakistan's bowling could be completed, they have claimed yet another wicket here at the Gaddafi Sttadium, Lahore. Mohammad Wasim Jr cleaned up Nathan Ellis. The ball had reverse swing in it and aided with good speed, it was enough to rattle the stumps of Ellis.
AUS 166/9 (35.5)
The pitch is not offering so much help to the bowlers as the scorecard would suggest, but the Pakistan pacers have used the seam of the ball brilliantly to force the Australian batters to make mistakes. They have struck at regular intervals and Australia never found themselves in a comfortable position since the first ball of the game.
Shaheen Afridi returned to his second spell and didn't waste much time in picking another wicket. He has dismissed Jason Behrendorff and Australia are 8 down.
AUS 162/8 (35)
Big-big wicket this is for Pakistan. Alex Carey has hit the ball down to the throat of long-on and departs after scoring 56 off 61 balls. He had hit a beautiful shot over cover for a FOUR in the previous delivery and could have avoided this shot on the next ball.
AUS 155/7 (33)
Cameron Green (34 off 47) is out! Mohammad Wasim Jr has bowled him out. Australia are under pressure once again.
And with this wicket, the 81-run partnership between Green and Carey comes to an end. It had improved Australia's condition in the game but a wicket at this juncture puts Pakistan ahead once again.
AUS 148/6 (31.1)
29.3 - A single and with this Alex Carey reaches his 6th ODI fifty. It has come off in 55 balls. Australia were 59/4 when Carey had come at the crease. He dug in his heels, played some good sweep shots, hit 5 fours and a six during the unbeaten knock to help Australia stay alive in this contest.
AUS 146/5 (30)
This is some good batting from Australia in the last 6 overs. The duo of Cameron Green and Alex Carey have added 44 runs for the sixth wicket so far. Carey is unbeaten on 27, while Green is batting on 22.
AUS 111/5 (26)
Cameron Green (6 not out) and Alex Carey (16 not out) have added 17 runs off 28 balls for the sixth wicket so far. Australia need a big partnership from the two if they wish to stand a chance against Pakistan in this game.
AUS 84/5 (20)
Set batter Ben McDermott has been dismissed on his individual score of 36 and half of the Australian team is now in the dugout. Mohammad Wasim Jr gets the wicket.
This is poor batting from McDermott, he had decided to play the ball on the leg side even before it was delivered. Wasim bowled it outside off and got extra bit of bounce on it which eventually saw McDermott edging the ball to cover fielder after getting into an awkward position.
AUS 67/5 (15.2)
Marcus Stoinis is gone. A wicket falls against the run of play, but Pakistan won't mind it. Stoinis is gone for 19 runs. He tried to play a Zahid Mahmood delivery for a single down the leg side but got a leading edge and Imam-ul-Haq took a really good diving catch around the cover.
AUS 59/4 (12.5)
On the last two overs, Australia have scored 22 runs. They have got some momentum. While Zahid Mahmood have away 9 runs, Mohammad Wasim Jr leaked 13 runs.
AUS 53/3 (12)
12 runs came in the last two overs and Austraia can have some respite now as Shaheen and Rauf both will be rested for a while.
AUS 31/3 (10)
8 runs have come in the last two overs. Pakistan bowlers Shaheen and Rauf have bowled really well today.
AUS 19/3 (8)
The sixth over of the innings bowled by Rauf gave away 5 runs and one wicket. He has picked two wickets so far and has complemented Shaheen beautifully from the other end.
AUS 11/3 (6)
Marnus Labuschagne is gone. Haris Rauf gets the wicket and he is running on the gound in joy. He has every reason to do it. What is going on here! This is expectional bowling from Pakistan, simply exceptional. The pitch is not as bad for batters as the scorecard would tell you.
Coming to the wicket, it was bowled on the off side and Labuschagne edged it to iftikhar Ahmed at first slip.
AUS 6/3 (5.1)
2.4 - A desperate review from Pakistan or say from Shaheen Afridi, who convinced his captain that Marnus Labuschagne had edged the ball to wicketkpeer Rizwan. Big gap between bat and ball sees Pakistan lose a review.
Just one run came off the over.
AUS 5/2 (3)
This is really crazy from Pakistan. They are on a roll today. Haris Rauf has caught Aaron Finch plumb in front of the stumps. Umpire has raised his finger and Finch won't review it.
AUS 0/2 (1.3)
Afridi has started on a high. He not only took the prized wicket of Head, but also bowled a maiden over. All six balls had something special.
AUS 0/1 (1)
Shaheen Afridi, this guy is an absolute beauty with the new ball. He has cleaned up Travis Head.
Bowled a full toss but the swing, oh it swung a bit like banana to rattle the stumps of Head. Australia's top run-scorer so far in this ODI series is walking back to the dugout for a golden duck. Dream start for Pakistan today!
AUS 0/1 (0.1)
Shaheen Afridi has the ball in hand. Travis Head is on strike, Aaron Finch his partner. Here we go!
In Pakistan's playing XI, Asif Ali comes in for Saud Shakeel, while Mitchell Swepson makes place for Jason Behrendorff in Australian squad.
Pakistan last won a bilateral ODI series against Australia way back in 2002. Almost 20 years down the line, they have another opportunity to beat the side. The hosts have already won the toss and will be batting under the lights today, this gives them an edge even before the start of the action. Can they capitalize it or will Australia's performance nullify the toss factor? Follow the match updates here.
Australia: Travis Head, Aaron Finch (c), Ben McDermott, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (w), Cameron Green, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (w), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Zahid Mahmood
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has won the toss and unsurprisingly, he has opted to bowl first.
In around 15 minutes, both Aaron Finch and Babar Azam will be out for the toss. The winning captain is likely to bowl first. This is because the surface of Gaddafi Stadium gives some additional help to batting under the lights and the arrival of dew makes chasing futher easy.
The blockbuster Pakistan vs Australia third and deciding ODI can be seen LIVE in India from 3:30 PM. Here are the details.
Pakistan: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Khushdil Shah, 8 Mohammad Wasim, 9 Haris Rauf, 10 Zahid Mahmood, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Travis Head, 3 Ben McDermott, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Nathan Ellis, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Mitchell Swepson
Australia are missing all-format players like Pat Cummins, David Warner and Steve Smith but they have enough in their tank. In the second ODI, Travis Head (89) missed out on his second successive century while Marnus Labuschagne (59) and Marcus Stoinis (49) also played cameos to set up another challenging total for Pakistan after Australia had defended 313-7 in the first game of the three-match series.
Pakistan have all the reason to believe they can win the series. Captain Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq smashed powerful centuries on Thursday. This (349 for four wickets) was Pakistan's biggest ever successful run-chase in an ODI. The emphatic win on Thursday broke Pakistan’s 10-match losing streak against Australia. The momentum is clearly with the Green Shirts!