Pakistan and Australia in UAE, 5 ODI Series, 2019 |5th ODI |3/31/2019 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
So that is from this game and this series! Another very good one for the Aussies. They have hit a purple patch at the right time. Pakistan on the other hand, have many issues which need to be resolved. They play England next in an ODI series before the World Cup but till then you can enjoy the exclusive coverage of the Indian T20 League. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says the way everybody contributed was the key in this series. Mentions it is important to stay relaxed and win the crunch moments in the game. Further adds he is very pleased with how things have gone about in this series and the series in India. Informs he changed a few things technically and it went well for him. States Khawaja has really been playing well and was unlucky to not get to a ton. Ends by saying there is always room for improvement but the spin bowling has been a positive.
Pakistan skipper, Imad Wasim, says the way Haris Sohail played was really well. Further adds Shan Masood too was good at the top. Mentions a whitewash is a wake up call for them and they need to improve quickly. Admits the fielding is one part where they need a lot of improvement and they need to be a little more attacking in their approach. States there are a few positives like Abid and Sohail. Ends by saying no matter who they are playing they have to think about winning.
Man of the Match, Glenn Maxwell, says it was a very nice series for him and he feels good about it. He feels the wicket suited his bowling and hence, he was effective. Mentions the consistency heading into the World Cup is a good thing. Ends by saying they have adapted well to the conditions here and are happy with the way the series went.
The Aussie bowlers were decent throughout. They hit the right lines on a wicket which was not assisting the bowlers a lot. Jason Behrendorff was the pick as he finished with a three fer and everybody except for Stoinis had a wicket to their name. A complete bowling effort was needed to defend this total on a flat surface and they did do that. Stay tuned for the presentation in a while.
After a brilliant effort from Khawaja, Maxwell, Finch and Marsh, the Aussies managed to put up a big total on a wicket which was pretty decent to bat on. In reply, Pakistan needed to get off to a good start but they weren't able to do so. They lost Abid in the first over itself but then Haris Sohail and Shan Masood formed a 108-run stand before the opener fell after getting to a half ton. Rizwan too failed to make an impact and the pressure was on Pakistan then but Sohail continued batting well and Akmal gave him good support. The two added another 100-plus run stand and when the duo were batting Pakistan had a huge chance. However, the two fell in quick succession and Pakistan never recovered after that. Wasim did try his best with a half ton but it was an uphill task for him.
Once again it is the Australians who have come out victorious. A comfortable win in the end but Pakistan will feel they did have their chances but it was the visitors who won the crucial moments in the game and hence, emerged victorious.
K Richardson to U Khan, A dot to end! A slower ball outside off, Yasir is way too early in his shot and misses. That is the end of the game. AUSTRALIA COMPLETE THE WHITEWASH AS THEY WIN THE GAME BY 20 RUNS!
K Richardson to I Wasim, Fifty for Imad Wasim. A decent innings by the skipper, tried his best but he had a lot to do. He gets there with a single off an inside edge. He looks to pull but it goes off the inner half and then onto his body, towards the off side.
K Richardson to I Wasim, A good length delivery on leg, Wasom hits it straight to the bowler.
K Richardson to I Wasim, A good delivery by Richardson. Keeping it away from Imad's hitting zone. Short outside off. Imad Wasim fails to connect.
K Richardson to I Wasim, Wide! Just little too wide by Richardson.
K Richardson to I Wasim, A very slow paced delivery. Short outside off, Wasim fails to get any connection between the ball and the bat.
K Richardson to I Wasim, A short of a length on off, no pace on the delivery. Wasim smashes it from his back foot to long off. Two picked up.
END OF OVER 49 | 10 Runs & 1 Wkt | PAK 303/7
J Behrendorff to Y Shah, OUT! In the air... and Yasir Shah departs! He needed to go for it and falls in the attempt to do so. The slower ball on middle, Yasir needed to generate all the power as he went for the big hit. Does not get the desired distance and holes out at long on where Finch takes it. Just 10 from this over, now I write just because it is a very good one in the context of the game. Pakistan need 25 in the last over.
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, A back of a length on off, Jason rolling his figures on this, Wasim cuts it to covers for a single.
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, WIDE! A slower bouncer but this goes above Imad's head. Wided.
J Behrendorff to Y Shah, Very smart from Jason, A slower one! Pitching short and Shah wait for and pulls it to short fine leg for a single.
J Behrendorff to Y Shah, Short delivery on leg, Shah pulls it hard to long on. Batsmen takes two.
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, A short delivery to follow and Wasim punches to point for a run.
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, FOUR! Imad starts with a boundary! A good start to the over. A short delivery on off, Imad slaps it to the wide mid off region.
END OF OVER 48 | 6 Runs & 0 Wkt | PAK 293/6
K Richardson to I Wasim, A single to end a top class over from Richardson. The good thing for Pakistan is, Wasim keeps strike as he hits it down to long on. 35 in 12 needed.
K Richardson to I Wasim, A couple! Still no boundary. Good bowling by Kane. He keeps it away from the striking zone of Imad. It is hit through covers for a couple.