Australia have finished the five-match ODI series against Pakistan with yet another astounding victory, as they beat the Green Shirts by an impressive margin of 57 runs in Adelaide on Thursday (January 26).
Batting first, the hosts put up a mammoth total of 369 runs for the loss of seven wickets on the back of centuries from David Warner and Travis Head. The opening duo combined for national record of 284 runs to provide their team a solid start.
Warner made 179 runs off 128 balls, his highest individual score. This was Warner’s 5th 150-plus score in just 93 matches through which he matched the stunning record of the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to have hit most number of 150-plus scores in one-dayers. Warner’s knock was decorated with 19 fours and 5 sixes.
On the other hand, Warner’s partner Travis Head provided him good support throughout the record-stand, and himself picked up his maiden ODI century. Head scored 128 off 137 balls with the help of 9 fours and 3 sixes.
Once the duo departed, no one else from the yellow brigade could take their place, and hence they kept losing wickets in regular intervals. Still the run-rate never slowed down, for which the Aussies once again got to a score too-good for the visitors.
For Pakistan, Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan took two wickets each, while Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz picked up one wicket apiece.
In reply, Pakistan initially gave a good fight before getting dismissed on 312 off 49.1 overs. Babar Azam (100) and Sharjeel Khan (79) were responsible for keeping Pakistan’s dream alive for a while, as they stitched a 130-run partnership between them for the second wicket. However, it was the same collapse story from Pakistan’s middle order later on, with Umar Akmal (46) being the only exception.
With the ball in hand, Mitchell Starc got four wickets and Pat Cummins took two. Adam Zampa, James Faulkner and Josh Hazlewood also got their names onto the scoreboard with one hunt each.
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