Australia showed another brilliant performance and lead the series by 2-0

With the help of Aaron Finch’s career best innings of unbeaten 153 runs, Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the second one-day international in Sharjah on Sunday, taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day series.

Finch scored 153 not out for his thirteenth century and most elevated ODI score while Usman Khawaja made 88 as Australia pursued down an objective of 284 in 47.5 overs.

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Pakistan were lifted to 284-7 by a maiden hundred by Mohammad Rizwan who made 115. Whereas Australia, who completed with a score of 285-2, won the first match of the series which is additionally played in Sharjah on Friday by eight wickets.

Finch and Khawaja made a huge partnership of 209 runs in the first wicket. Khawaja kept on taking advantage of his fine form, achieving his fifth half century in seven innings off 60 balls. After a solid begin he was content playing the enduring hand and seemed, by all accounts, to be cruising to a hundred until he holed out to deep midwicket 12 runs short. It allowed Glenn Maxwell the chance to free his arms in an engaging little appearance, two sixes off Imad suppressing any apprehensions of a Pakistan rebound, yet he botched the opportunity to complete the game when he was run out.

After that, no problems had to face by the Australians. Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh won the match for Australia with 13 balls left. Yasir Shah took 1 wicket for Pakistan.

Prior, 30-year-old Mohammad Rizwan thumped 11 boundaries in his 115 runs as Pakistan who won the toss and batted by and by failed to split the 300-mark on a flat Sharjah pitch.

Rizwan, who was playing since regular iket-keeper and captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been refreshed for the series, included 52 for the third wicket with Haris Sohail (34) and a priceless 127 for the fifth wicket with remain in skipper Shoaib Malik.

Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq without scoring off the fifth ball of the innings from quick bowler Jhye Richardson. Shan Masood (19) and Sohail who scored his maiden hundred in the firt match on Friday took the aggregate to 35 when Richardson struck once more, getting Masood caught at short mid-wicket.

In any case, Richardson took 2-16 in his five overs and fell unadroitly in the outfield and left the field in the eleventh over. Introductory reports recommended he separated his shoulder and is dicey for the staying three matches. Rizwan, however, lifted Pakistan after Umar Akaml succumbed to 16, got off spinner Nathan Lyon.

Rizwan enhanced his past best of 75 not out, against Zimbabwe at Harare four years back and finished his hundred with a solitary off 114 balls. He tumbled to Nathan Coulter-Nile to a boundary catch. Coulter-Nile completed with 2-52.

The next ODI will take place on 27th March at Abu Dhabi.


Brief Score:

Pakistan 284-7

Mohammad Rizwan 115(126), Shoaib Malik 60(61)

Jhye Richardson 2/16, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2/52


Australia 285-2 (47.5 overs)

Aaron Finch 153*(143), Usman Khawaja 88(109)

Yasir Shah 1/60


Toss: Australia

Result: Australia won by 8 wickets

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