PAKvAUS: Pakistan’s final strike to keep series alive

ABU DHABI: Already 2-0 down in the five-match one-day international series, Pakistan will be looking to make a last-ditch effort to stop Australia from taking the series as they face Aaron Finch and his men in the third fixture at Abu Dhabi today.

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Australia continued their fine form in the second ODI in Sharjah, claiming another eight-wicket win over Pakistan on Sunday to go 2-0 up in the series.

Finch smashed a 143-ball 153 not out for his 13th ODI hundred — also his highest score in ODIs — to anchor Australia´s comfortable chase of a 285-run target in 47.5 overs.

Finch, who also scored 116 in Australia’s eight-wicket win in the first game at the same venue on Friday, put on a solid 209-run opening wicket stand with Usman Khawaja who scored 88 off 109.

On the other hand, Pakistan led by Shoaib Malik have yet to turn the tables for themselves. For Pakistan, wickets have been hard to come by with the Pakistani bowlers so far having taken just four wickets in two matches.

Debutant Mohammad Hasnain, who replaced Mohammad Amir, did give the Australians something to think about, but he was unable to find a breakthrough for his side either.

It remains to be seen whether a change in the venue will provide Pakistan with a win or not.

Squads

Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (captain), Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Abid Ali, Saad Ali, Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Hasnain

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa

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