A formidable 86-run victory in the AUSvPAK, 4th ODI has sealed the series for Australia Australia as they take the unbeatable 3-1 lead over Pakistan at the SCG.
A superb knock (130 off just 119 balls) from David Warner did not come as any great surprise considering his recent run at the SCG. Now David Warner has the exceptional record of going past hundred six times in his past 11 outings to the middle across all formats at the SCG, including the one he scored before lunch on the day 1 of the third Test match against Pakistan.
The opener fancied his knock with 11 fours and two audacious sixes, laying a strong platform for others to follow.
Warner orchestrated two key partnerships for Australia: a 92-run stand with opener Usman Khawaja, who fell to Hasan for 30, and then a 120-run stand with skipper Steven Smith for the second wicket, before Hasan Ali claimed both of them in the same over.
But Maxwell and Head proved more than capable of continuing the fireworks as they slammed quick half-centuries in just 34 and 35 balls respectively. Australia plundered 118 runs from the final 10 overs to completely dash Pakistan’s chances as they posted mammoth 353 for Pakistan to chase.
It was a comedy of errors for Pakistan in the field as they grassed four very gettable chances and missed two harder ones too. There were enough fumbles and overthrows to cause disappointment to the field coach Steve Rixon also.
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Sharjeel grassed Head in the deep off Junaid Khan when he ballooned one in air to provide a straightforward catch, and it cost Pakistan dearly as he smashed 35 ball half-century to further dent Pakistan’s chances. It was Sharjeel’s second drop of the day after he had also put down Steven Smith at backward point earlier in the day.
Hasan Ali also spilled two chances when dropped Maxwell on 8 and Warner on 113.
He later completed a five-wicket haul by getting Wade and Maxwell in the final over, but Australia had cruised to 353 at the end, which really mattered.
It was always going to too much for Pakistan. But Sharjeel Khan provided them with a glimmer of hope early on when he reached to 74 from just 46 deliveries but was caught by David Warner in the deep when tried to launch another six out of the ground.
Azhar Ali, returning from a hamstring injury, failed to cause any trouble for Australia as was caught in the slips off Josh Hazlewood in the second over. Babar Azam was held smartly by Hazlewood at long-on off Head’s slow off spin for 31.
Pakistan were forced to play in a shell and it resulted in the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez when he attempted a slog sweep off Zampa only to get caught in the deep. David Warner took an even better catch to remove Shoaib Malik, while Umar Akmal skied a catch off Mitchell Starc for 11. Rizwan was snared LBW by Zampa for 10.
Then Hazlewood and Pat Cummings took the opportunity to wrap up the tail and add to their figures when they removed Imad Wasim, Junaid, and Amir cheaply.
The outcome of the AUSvPAK, ODI series remained same as the Test series – a comprehensive series win for Australia. But Pakistan at least managed a win Melbourne and the best they can now hope for is to finish the series 2-3.
AUSvPAK, 4th ODI Summary:
Australia 6 for 353 (Warner 130, Maxwell 78, Head 51, Hasan 5-52) beat Pakistan 267 (Sharjeel 74, Hazlewood 3-54, Zampa 3-55) by 86 runs
AUSvPAK, 4th ODI Line Ups:
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith (capt), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
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