Pakistan thumps Australia with record chase


PAK vs AUS Highlights: Pakistan chase 349 – Pakistan completed their highest successful run chase in one-day internationals when they chased down a mammoth target of 349 to beat Australia by six wickets in Lahore to level the series at 1-1 on Thursday. Centuries from skipper Babar Azam (114) and opener Imam-ul-Haq (106) allowed the hosts to reach the total on a pitch that aided batting. Follow PAK vs AUS Live Updates on InsideSpotrt.IN.

Imam and Fakhar Zaman (67) gave Pakistan a solid foundation with an opening stand of 118 before Babar walked on and helped Imam build another century partnership as Australia, who used seven bowlers in total, failed to contain the flow of runs.

PAK vs AUS Highlights: Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam tons help Pakistan register RECORD Victory over Australia, Series Tied at 1-1

Imam and Fakhar Zaman (67) gave Pakistan a solid foundation with an opening stand of 118 before Babar walked on and helped Imam build another century partnership as Australia, who used seven bowlers in total, failed to contain the flow of runs.

Pakistan still needed to score 70 off the last 10 overs and when they lost Babar in the 45th over, Mohammad Rizwan kept the score ticking over before he was dismissed for 23, leaving worried faces in the crowd as the required run rate crept up.

 

But Khushdil Shah (27 off 17) lifted spirits again with a late cameo, changing the equation by smashing two sixes and two boundaries to guide Pakistan to victory with an over to spare.

Earlier, Pakistan chose to field after winning the toss and the hosts made a dream start when Australia captain Aaron Finch was dismissed by Shaheen Shah Afridi in the first over for a duck, trapped leg before wicket.

But Ben McDermott brought up his maiden century (104) and built a 162-run stand with Travis Head (89) while Marnus Labuschagne chipped in with a knock of 59.
Marcus Stoinis also contributed with a handy 49 off 33 balls to help Australia post a total of 348-8.

Afridi was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-63 but Pakistan’s three spinners had a tough time and were smashed for 166 runs in 20 overs.
Australia won the first ODI by 88 runs. The final ODI will also be played in Lahore on Saturday

Pakistan Innings: 

 

PAK vs AUS Live: Ben McDermott’s maiden ODI ton, Head & Labuschagne’s fifties help Australia score 348 – Follow 2nd ODI Live Updates

  • Fakhar Zaman departs. A fine innings came to an end.
  • The chase is on and Zaman & Ul-Haq have brought up 100-run stand for the opening wicket.
  • Pakistan have started well in a massive 349-run chase. Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul-Haq have brought up 50-run stand and are accelerating.

Australia Innings 348/8 (50 ov)

 

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Travis Head, Ben McDermott, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(wk), Cameron Green, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Swepson

Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Zahid Mahmood

PAK vs AUS Live: Ben McDermott’s maiden ODI ton, Head & Labuschagne’s fifties help Australia score 348 – Follow 2nd ODI Live Updates

 

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