Having lost a well-fought and emotional Test series 1-0, Pakistan once again fell short in the first ODI in Lahore by 88 runs. Chasing Australia's 313/7, Pakistan had nothing to show barring Imam-ul-Haq's fighting 103 and the 96-run stand between Babar Azam and Imam for the second wicket. Baring Imam and Babar's 57, no other Pakistan batters could cross the 20-run mark. For Australia, Adam Zampa finished with 4/38 while Mitchell Swepson and Travis Head took two wickets apiece. Earlier, Australia rode on Head's fine ton, Ben McDermott's 55 and Camron Green's 40 to go past 300-run mark. The second ODI is on March 31. This series is part of the World Cup Super League Cycle and some preparation for the 50-over World Cup scheduled in India in 2023. Get highlights of of PAK vs AUS 1st ODI.
23:09 PM IST: Australia Win
That's it. Mitchell Swepson dismisses Haris Rauf to seal the deal for Australia. Pakistan are all out for 225 in 45.2 overs. Australia win by 88 runs, take 1-0 series lead.
22:51 PM IST: 100th ODI wicket For Zampa
Back-to-back wickets for Adam Zampa in the 42nd over. He dismisses Mohammad Wasim and Hasan Ali, both clean bowled. Zampa also reaches 100th ODI wicket. PAK 213/8 (42)
22:42 PM IST: Success For AUS
Australia finally have Imam-ul-Haq. The opener is undone by a fiery yorker for a well-made 103. PAK 204/6
10:31 PM IST: 100 For Imam
Imam-ul-Haq is fighting the lone battle in Lahore. He brings up his eighth ODI ton with a single. PAK 200/5 (38)
10:12 PM IST: AUS Tighten Screws
Australia tighten the screws over Pakistan. Travis Head gets his second of the match after Iftikhar Ahmed is caught by Sean Abbot. PAK 167/5 (34)
10:01 PM IST: Zampa Sends Rizwan Back
Australia are all over Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Alex Carey's brilliant keeping sends Mohammad Rizwan packing off Adam Zampa. PAK 151/4 (31)
09:41 PM IST: Two Quick Wickets
Another one bites the dust. Saud Shakeel, chips straight to short-cover at Marnus Labuschagne off Travis Head. PAK 132/3 (26.4)
09:29 PM IST: Babar Departs
Mitchell Swepson traps Babar Azam in front for 57. The Pakistan captain goes for a sweep, but the ball dips under his bat and hits the front foot. Huige wicket for Australia. PAK 120/2 (24.1)
09:24 PM IST: Fifty for Babar
Babar Azam completes his 18th ODI fifty with a single off Mitchell Swepson. PAK 120/1 (24)
09:06: Century For PAK
100 up for Pakistan. Both Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq have entered into their 40s and look in good nick for a big score. PAK 105/1 (21)
08:32 PM IST: Stats
Babar Azam becomes the second-fastest batter to get past 4000 ODI runs only behind Hashim Amla. PAK 64/1 (13)
08:21 PM IST: Fifty Up For PAK
Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam take Pakistan past 50. Both the batters are taking time in the middle. PAK 52/1 (10)
07:56 PM IST: Early Success
Australia get the first breakthrough. Fakhar Zaman tries to slice over extra cover but ends up at the hands of Travis Head off Sean Abbot. PAK 24/1 (4.5)
07:37 PM IST: PAK Chase Starts
Fakhar Zaman starts with a couple of fours in the first over off Sean Abbot. Imam-ul-Haq is at the other end. PAK 9/0 (1)
07:08 PM IST: Australia Score 313/7 In 50 Overs
15 runs came off the final over bowled by Mohammad Wasim Jr and Australia have a really good total of 313/7 on the board. Overall, it was also a good bowling effort from Pakistan as Travis Head's knock seemed to take the Aussies in excess of 350 at one point in the game.
AUS 313/7 (50)
07:00 PM IST: Wicket Again
Another wicket for Haris Rauf. Sean Abbott departs on 14 off 9 balls.
AUS 296/7 (48.5)
06:48 PM IST: Wicket
Australia lose a wicket against the run of play. Marcus Stoinis has been cleaned up by Haris Rauf. It kept a little low and Stoinis (26) failed to get his bat on it.
AUS 277/6 (46.4)
06:44 PM IST: Australia Accelerate
22 runs have come up in the last two overs. Can Marcus Stoinis (25 not out) and Cameron Green (22 not out) take Australia to a good total?
AUS 275/5 (46)
06:36 PM IST: Good From Pakistan
This is really good bowling from Pakistan. They have kept Australia away from scoring quick runs. Once looking good enough to score somewhere around 350, Australia are now struggling to even get to the 300-run mark.
AUS 253/5 (44)
06:22 PM IST: Another Wicket
One brings two. Alex carey is gone. He tried to play a reverse sweep on the ball of Zahid Mahmood. The ball was tossed up in the air and took it time to reach Carey who had already played his shot by then to see the stumps getting disturbed by the ball later.
AUS 230/5 (39.2)
06:11 PM IST: Wicket
This was always coming as Pakistan bowlers had been keeping it tight for long. Marnus Labuschagne perishes on 25 off 35 balls. Tried to clear the long-off but gave a catch to Saud Shakeel who covered good ground before leaping onto the ball. Khushdil Shah gets the wicket.
AUS 224/4 (38.1)
05:55 PM IST: Ben McDermott Is Out!
Oh, this is really bad for Australia. Ben McDermott, who had just scored his maiden ODI fifty, is run out. He was looking set but threw his wicket to a run-out. What a shame!
AUS 209/3 (33)
05:47 PM IST: Fifty For Ben McDermott
As easy as you like it, Ben McDermott races to his maiden ODI fifty off 63 balls. He kept scoring from one end but never let it felt. It's time for him now to change gears so that Australia could target a total of somewhere around 350.
AUS 201/2 (31.1)
05:44 PM IST: Pakistan Bouncing Back
Pakistan bowlers given 25 runs in the past 5 overs. However, Australia still look in control, just that they need one of the two batters two play some attacking cricket from here on as they have 8 wickets in hand and 20 more overs left in the game. Ben McDermott is unbeaten on 46 while Marnus Labuschagne is 9 not out.
AUS 196/2 (30)
05:21 PM IST: Wicket
This is the end of Travis Head's dominating knock. After the Pakistan bowlers failed to trouble him, the southpaw himself threw his wicket away to give the opponents some moments of respite.
Talking about the dismissal, Iftikhar Ahmed invited Travis Head to come forward and Head did, and chipped the ball into the hands of long-off fielder Khushdil Shah. A soft end to the classical knock.
AUS 171/2 (25)
05:16 PM IST: Hundred For Head
Travis Head races to his second ODI hundred. He gets there in just 70 balls. The southpaw has been in sensational touch today. Either Pakistan get him out sooner or he might kill the game in the first innings itself.
AUS 164/1 (24.1)
05:08 PM IST: Pakistan Lose Review
It's a deperate review from Pakistan here. Khushdil Shah bowled it straight and the ball was clearly going down the leg stump before it hit Finch's pad. Umpire was rightly unmoved on the LBW appeal but Pakistan took a review only to lose it.
AUS 154/1 (22.2)
05:00 PM IST: Australia In Comfortable Position
The pitch seems like a good batting surface and the Australian batters have done no bad so far, especially Travis Head who is unbeaten on 92 off 64 balls. He has hit 11 fours and 3 sixes.
AUS 145/1 (21)
04:37 PM IST: Wicket
Here is the first breakthrough for Pakistan. Finch goes back after scoring 23 off 36 balls. He never looked at his best today and Zahid Mahmood puts an end to his struggle.
Coming to the ball, it was pitched on good length area and turned outside off but not before taking the edge of Finch's willow. Mohammad Rizwan fumbled but somehow hung on to the catch.
AUS 110/1 (14.4)
04:33 PM IST: 100 Up For Australia
Australia have crossed 100 runs in just 14th over. They are going really good here. Travis Head is on 70 off 50, Finch is on 22 off 34. While the Aussie captain has found it hard to connect the ball with his bat properly, Head is just having a ball out there at the middle.
AUS 102/0 (14)
04:12 PM IST: Fifty For Travis Head
8.2 - 1 run. It's a quick fifty for Head. He scores it in just 32 balls, an innings laced with 9 fours and 1 six.
AUS 67/0 (9)
04:10 PM IST: Solid Start For Australia
Australia are scoring at 8 runs per over. This is a really good start for the visitors. Head is close to his fifty.
AUS 64/0 (8)
03:47 PM IST: 0, 4, 2, 4, 4, 0
14 runs came off the 5th over that was bowled by Hasan Ali, courtesy Travis Head who is firing on all cylinders. He is on 32 not out off 23 with the help of seven fours.
AUS 39/0 (5)
03:47 PM IST: The Head Threat
One boundary came in the second over while two came in the third. All were hit by Travis Head who is looking dangerous today.
AUS 17/0 (3)
03:36 PM IST: One From The Over
Just one single came off the first over.
AUS 1/0 (1)
03:32 PM IST: It's Game Time
Travis Head and Aaron Finch come out to bat for Australia. Hasan Ali has the ball in hand. Head is on strike. Here we go!
03:22 PM IST: 4 Players Make Debut
A total of four players have made their ODI debuts today. Nathan Ellis and Mitchell Swepson will be playing their maiden ODI game for Australia, while Mohammad Wasim Junior and Zahid Mahmood make ODI debuts for Pakistan.
03:20 PM IST: Playing XIs
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Zahid Mahmood
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Travis Head, Ben McDermott, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (w), Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Swepson
03:05 PM IST: Pakistan Opt To Bowl
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has won the toss and decided to bowl first.
02:36 PM IST: Less Than 30 Minutes For Toss
The toss will take place at 3 PM IST. After a thrilling Test series decider, Pakistan must be eyeing a comeback against Australia and what better it could be with a win. Will Australia let Pakistan do so? We will discover soon.
02:06 PM IST: Welcome Everyone
Good afternoon guys, welcome to this space. We will be providing you all the updates of Pakistan vs Australia first ODI here that takes place at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Stay connected.
With several players planning to play the long and gruelling IPL in India, Australia will be without some of their leading white-ball stars in the ODI series against Pakistan. Prominent among those missing from Aaron Finch's team are David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell March. The reasons for missing the ODIs vs Pakistan range from injuries to personal.
Pakistan have no such problems. Players like Abdullah Shafique, who did well in the recent Test series against Australia, have been included in the ODI team as Pakistan plan to produce more and more all-format cricketers like skipper Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Imam-ul-Haq.
Australia have a good record against Pakistan in ODIs. They have 68 wins in 101 completed matches but will start as the underdogs in this ODI series that will be entirely played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.