Pakistan and Australia in UAE, 5 ODI Series, 2019 |3rd ODI |3/27/2019 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
That is all we have for you from this game then. This series has certainly not set the world on fire by any means and it struggles to get any meaningful context, with Pakistan not playing their strongest XI and their bench strength not being good enough to challenge Australia. Join us on Friday, January 29, 2019 for the 4th ODI in Dubai at 3 pm local (1100 GMT) to see whether we get a different delicacy served. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Not surprisingly, Pat Cummins has been named the Man Of The Match. Just his second MOM award in ODIs after his first against England on Australia Day, i.e., Jan 26, 2018.
It was a welcome return from rest for Pat Cummins, demolishing the top order and not allowing Pakistan a look in. The burst that he produced allowed the other bowlers to build pressure and every bowler apart from Stoinis got at least one wicket. Adam Zampa cleaned up the tail, taking 4 wickets in his last 10 balls. Earlier in the day, Australia posted a decent 266, riding on a calm 90 by skipper Finch, a counter-attacking 47 from Peter Handscomb and a breathtaking 71 from Glenn Maxwell. They sized up the pitch well, got in and then played their shots.
There were a couple of partnerships in the middle stages of the innings, one involving Imam-ul-Haq and one involving Umar Akmal but that just delayed the inevitable. No one could hang in long out there in the middle and with the run rate mounting with every passing over, the risks came about but did not quite pay off.
On paper, 267 does not look a great target but that is where it comes a bit different in Abu Dhabi. The pitch tends to get slower as the game progresses and that is exactly how it turned out. Pakistan did not get a great start and were 16/3 by the 7th over. There itself, the run chase looked stuffed out.
Easy peasy then for Australia. Series done and dusted with 2 matches to go. Chase was the case in the first two games but not here. Pakistan have clearly not got their best side on paper but make no mistake, the Aussies were at their best.
A Zampa to M Hasnain, OUT! Decision overturned and that is the end of the match. Full length delivery on off, turning in for the right-hander. Hasnain fails to read the googly. He fails to connect the bat to the ball while defending. The ball hits his back leg. Zampa appeals but the umpire turns it down. Finch has a chat and then takes it upstairs. Hawk Eye shows the ball will hit the leg stump. A comfortable 80-run victory for Australia.
Big shout for LBW! The umpire denies it though. Hasnain has been hit in front of the stumps and Australia look confident. Review taken...
Mohammad Hasnain is the last man in.
A Zampa to J Khan, OUT! Caught! Number 9 falls and Zampa has his third in the span of 9 balls. Tossed up outside off, Junaid comes down the track and swings hard but is nowhere close to the ball. It spins away, takes the top edge and goes high in the air. Carey calls for it and takes it reverse-cup.
A Zampa to J Khan, Full and outside off, Junaid comes down the track and heaves it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
A Zampa to Y Shah, Short and outside off, spinning away, cut through the covers for a single.
END OF OVER 44 | 5 Runs & 0 Wkt | PAK 183/8
Pat Cummins to J Khan, Full length delivery outside off, Junaid Khan fails to put the bat on the ball.
Pat Cummins to Y Shah, Full on leg, works it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
Pat Cummins to J Khan, Same line and length, Khan this time guides it to third man for a single.
Pat Cummins to J Khan, Back of a length on off, Junaid Khan guides it to third man for a double.
Pat Cummins to J Khan, Full on off, defended.
Pat Cummins to Y Shah, A back of a length on leg, Yasir Shah looks to flick it but gets a top edge towards square leg but it falls short of Handscomb over there.
END OF OVER 43 | 0 Runs & 1 Wkt | PAK 178/8
Pat Cummins is now back into the attack.
A Zampa to J Khan, Full outside off, lets it go.
A Zampa to J Khan, Full on off, defended.
Junaid Khan walks in at number 10, replacing Usman.
A Zampa to U Khan, OUT! Shinwari heads to the pavilion now. Australia romping home! Flatter outside off and Usman hits it really hard and flat. The ball flies to long off where Jason Behrendorff takes a smart catch. Another two to complete the formalities here at Abu Dhabi.