In the pre-match talk, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said his team would put up ‘a complete performance’ on country’s national day, and Australia did exactly that as they win the AUSvPAK, 5th ODI at the Adelaide Oval by 57 runs.
David Warner and Travis Head gave Australian spectators — who turned out in huge numbers today — a treat on the Australia Day as they smashed records and crushed Pakistan to secure a 4-1 VB series win.
David Warner, who was suffering from a throat infection and head cold in the days leading into the game, was offered a reprieve from the first ball of the day by Mohammad Amir but he made sure he tormented Pakistan, repeatedly and relentlessly, for the next two and half hours.
Warner and Head combined for a 284-runs stand for the opening partnership – the all-time highest ODI partnership for Australia – that completely dashed Pakistan’s chances of earning a consolation win after having already lost the series at Sydney.
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Warner brought up his century off just 78 balls – breaking his previous best of 98 – and went on to plunder another 79 runs before he was undone by the slower delivery from Junaid Khan, but not before he had crunched Mohammad Hafeez over the cover fence to deliver one final blow of dominance.
And Warner fell just six runs short of equalling highest individual ODI score by an Australian, the 185 not out that Shane Watson scored against Bangladesh in 2011.
The newly promoted Travis Head, who was included after Usman Khawaja was left out of the XI, finished with a steady 128 off 137 balls as he cemented his place in the top order for some time.
Australia stole another 100 runs from the last 10 overs to set up a target of 369 for Pakistan, and remarkably, the first wicket for Pakistan came after 41 overs, which is itself a record.
It was simply too big a task for Pakistan, despite a fighting century from Babar Azam and a typical 79 from Sharjeel Khan.
Babar Azam struggled to impress anyone with his meager performances in the recently concluded Test series, however, he once again showed his acumen in the white-ball format as he notched another classy, well-made century.
The explosive opener Sharjeel Khan continued his upward trend in the series: scores of 18, 29, 50 and 74 were followed this time by 79 off just 69 balls, but it ended after he attempted a hook shot off Mitchell Starc.
Starc claimed another wicket of Hafeez, while Malik was out retired hurt after he copped a severe blow on the forearm from Pat Cummins. Umar Akmal chipped in with a fluent 46, but the target was out of his as the required run rate had ballooned to more than 15 at that time.
Starc completed with figures of 4-42 after he ran through the defenses of Wahab Riaz to call it a day and end what has been a disastrous tour for Pakistan.
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