Pakistan and Australia in UAE, 5 ODI Series, 2019

Pakistan vs Australia - 1st ODI

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 22 March 2019

Australia 281/2

RR: 5.73 | Australia beat Pakistan by 8 wickets

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Australia's skipper and the Man of the Match, Aaron Finch says that it was a daunting total but he feels the pitch played pretty well in the second innings. Praises Shaun Marsh for partnering him well and taking the pressure off him. Wants his side to do the process right and reckons that there is still room for improvement. Further mentions that they have taken all the criticism positively and have worked on their game.

Pakistan's skipper, Shoaib Malik says that the early strike was missing from them. Feels that 280 was a good score but he reckons that the way Finch and Marsh batted, they controlled the innings well and took it deep for the other batsmen to take over. Adds that he is disappointed but thinks they can improve. On Haris Sohail, Malik says that coming from an injury break and playing so well, it shows he has got the right kind of temperament and it's a great sign for Pakistan.

Pakistan's bowling was pretty ordinary. Right from the beginning, they failed to create any pressure. Their spinners were supposed to pose a big threat to the Aussie batsmen on this surface but that never happened. Imad Wasim and Yasir Shah didn't turn up with the ball as they were countered superbly by Finch and Marsh. Nothing much to write about their pacers. Mohammad Abbas bowled decently in his debut match but never looked threatening. To add to that, their fielding was also sloppy. Earlier in their batting innings, they fared nicely but lacked the desired push in the end overs. The kind of power-hitting that's required in today's cricket was certainly lacking and they have to work on this aspect as well.

Chasing a target of 281 on this tricky surface was never easy. But the way their openers batted and then the experienced heads of Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh, they never looked under any kind of pressure. The Aussie skipper seems to be finding his form at the right time as he stroked a fine century. Shaun also looked very impressive in his unbeaten knock of 91 and stayed there till the end to see the Aussies home along with Peter Handscomb.

Pakistan are beaten comprehensively. Australia have pulled out the second best run chase in Sharjah. The twin series win in India have given the defending champion a big boost. Their batting has improved by leaps and bounds. Putting in a neat chase is developing into a good habit for them. With four wins in a row now, they are peaking at the right time before the mega event.

48.6
2
M Amir to S Marsh, AUSTRALIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS! Amir delivers it full, on middle and leg, Marsh flicks it through mid-wicket and rushes back for the second run. The throw from the deep comes to the bowler's end but misses the stumps by a fair margin. That will be it, a very convincing win for Australia to take a series lead.
48.5
4
M Amir to S Marsh, EDGY FOUR! Slower bouncer from Amir, around middle, Marsh opens up in his stance to pull it over the leg side but it takes the top edge and flies over the keeper for a boundary. Two more needed.
48.4
1
M Amir to P Handscomb, Shortish in length outside off, slower in pace, Handscomb smashes it towards extra cover and scampers across to the other end. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
48.3
1
M Amir to S Marsh, A dipping full toss around leg, Marsh clips it through mid-wicket and runs the first run hard. Wants the second run as well but Malik is quickly to the ball in the deep.
48.2
1
M Amir to P Handscomb, Too full in length just outside off, Handscomb moves across the stumps and eases it behind square leg for a run.
48.1
1
M Amir to S Marsh, Short in length and outside off, Marsh is early into his shot and hence mistimes it in the air over mid off. It falls safely in the deep and a single results.

Mohammad Amir to bowl the penultimate over which very well could be the last one.

47.6
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Full toss on leg, Shaun fails to put it away. He swings his bat across the line but hits it as far as the mid-wicket fielder in the deep. A single taken. 10 more needed.
47.5
1
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, Ashraf keeps it straight, Peter punches it to extra cover for one.

Fine leg and third man up. The line has to be very straight from Faheem Ashraf.

47.4
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Makes space to a full ball on off and drills it down to long off for a run. 12 off 14 needed.
47.4
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Wide! Slips a full ball down the leg side, Shaun tries flicking but misses. The keeper collects the ball and is shocked that it has been called a wide. Was there some noise of the ball clipping Marsh's pads? Well, the replays find nothing.
47.3
1
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, Once again follows the batsman and serves a full toss this time, Peter drives it through covers and picks up a single.
47.2
2
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a shortish length ball, Handscomb still manages to work it through mid-wicket. Has played it with soft hands and hence gets a couple.
47.1
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Too full in length on leg, Marsh whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
46.6
0
M Abbas to P Handscomb, A slower one, short and on off, Peter cuts it pretty well but finds the point fielder. 18 off 18!
46.5
2
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Fuller in length and outside off, Handscomb heaves it over mid-wicket and collects another couple of runs.
46.4
2
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Serves it on a length around off, Handscomb shuffles across the stumps and turns it in front of square leg for a couple of runs.
46.3
0
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Advances down the track to a length ball and drives it through the line. Finds the cover fielder this time.
46.2
0
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Good length ball on off, Peter pushes it softly to point and looks for a run. Sent back as it has gone straight to the fielder.
46.1
2
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Fullish and angling in on middle, it's eased straight down the ground and by the time Yasir Shah gets to the ball from long on, the batsmen complete a couple.
45.6
1
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, Once again a good length ball on middle. Handscomb looks to play it straight but it goes to fine leg off the inner half of his bat for a single. 24 required off 24 now.
45.5
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Full length ball on off, Marsh plays it towards long on and gets to the other end.
45.4
0
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, Slower delivery. It is a bit short in length. Handscomb looks to pull it but misses. He steals a leg bye as the ball goes towards the backward point region after hitting him on his body.
45.3
4
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, FOUR! A very well timed shot from Handscomb. Good length delivery outside off. Peter hits it over cover with a flat bat for a boundary.
45.2
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Back of a length delivery on off, Marsh pulls it to deep square leg and gets a single. 250 comes up for Australia with that run.
45.1
1
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, Full length ball on middle, Handscomb milks it to long on and rotates the strike.
44.6
1
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Full on middle, Peter nudges it to long on and keeps the strike. 33 required off the last 5.
44.5
2
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Good length delivery outside off, Handscomb hits it wide of deep cover and gets a brace.
44.4
1
M Abbas to S Marsh, Length ball outside off, Shaun punches it to deep cover for a single.
44.3
0
M Abbas to S Marsh, On middle and leg, Marsh flicks it to mid-wicket.
44.2
1
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Length ball outside off, Peter slaps it on the off side for a single.
44.1
0
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Dropped! That would have been a great caught and bowled had it got stuck. Good length delivery on middle, Handscomb drives it straight. It is uppish. Abbas in his followthrough gets his left hand to it but the ball does not stick in and pops out. Difficult chance but still a chance.
43.6
1
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, Short of length again by Ashraf and Peter pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
43.5
0
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, Full on off, defended watchfully.
43.4
0
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, A length ball on off, Handscomb keeps it away.
43.3
2
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, A back of length delivery on off, Peter picks a double by striking the ball towards the sweeper cover region.
43.2
4
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, FOUR! A short delivery on off, Handscomb pulls it from his front foot towards the mid-wicket region. The ball touches the boundary ropes. One shouldn't be bowling short on this wicket, as it is giving ample time to the batsman to gather himself and play safe.
43.1
0
F Ashraf to P Handscomb, A length delivery on off, Handscomb just keeps it away.

Faheem Ashraf is back into the attack.

42.6
0
M Abbas to S Marsh, Full on off, Marsh plays it straight to the fielder at point. End of a very good over from Abbas. Just two runs and a wicket.
42.5
1
M Abbas to P Handscomb, In the air..but safe. Not the best way to get off the mark, this. Length delivery around off. Handscomb looks to play it across the line. He plays a very awkward looking shot and gets a leading edge which goes uppishly towards cover. It falls short of the cover fielder and they take a single.
42.4
0
M Abbas to P Handscomb, Good length delivery on off, Handscomb pushes it to the fielder at cover.

Peter Handscomb is the new batsman.

42.3
0
M Abbas to A Finch, OUT! Finally, Pakistan break this partnership and the debutant gets his first wicket in ODI. An excellent knock from the Australian skipper comes to an end. Good length delivery on middle, Finch makes room by clearing his front leg. He tries to go over covers but gets a thick edge onto it. The ball goes straight to Mohammad Rizwan who makes no mistake and takes a regulation catch. Can this be the turning point in this game?
42.2
1
M Abbas to S Marsh, On middle and leg, Marsh flicks it to the leg side for a single.

Mohammad Abbas is back for another spell.

42.1
0
M Abbas to S Marsh, Good length delivery outside off, Marsh looks to flat bat it to the off side but gets a bottom edge. It goes to the keeper on a bounce.
41.6
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, Marsh nudges this to the mid-wicket region. One run added to the total.
41.5
1
Y Shah to A Finch, A fuller delivery, Finch drives it to mid on for a single.
41.4
0
Y Shah to A Finch, A back of a length on off, Finch rocks back and tries to cut but gets an inside edge onto the ground. Dot ball.
41.3
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, A quicker one this time by Shah outside off, Marsh plays a late cut and adds another single to scoreboard.
41.2
1
Y Shah to A Finch, DROPPED! A sitter. A back of a length delivery on off, Finch rocks back and lifts it high towards the long off boundary. Imad Wasim there settles himself under the ball but drops a sitter. Mickey Arthur in the pavilion just shakes his head in agony.
41.1
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, A tossed up delivery around off, Marsh steps down and gets to the pitch of the delivery and lifts it above mid on, and takes a single before Imad cuts it off.
40.6
1
M Amir to S Marsh, Back of a length delivery on off, Marsh pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run. He will keep the strike.
40.5
1
M Amir to A Finch, Quick single this time. Good length delivery on off, Finch hits it wide of mid off and gets to the other end.
40.4
0
M Amir to A Finch, Full length delivery on off, Finch hits it straight to the fielder at mid off.
40.3
0
M Amir to A Finch, Slower delivery outside off. Finch looks to pull it but gets beaten.
40.2
0
M Amir to A Finch, Back of a length delivery, Finch blocks it off his back foot.
40.1
6
M Amir to A Finch, SIX! Welcome back into the attack, Amir. Full length delivery on middle. Finch uses his power and sends it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

Powerplay 3 signalled by the umpire. 5 fielders can now be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the match. Also Mohammad Amir is back into the attack.

39.6
1
Y Shah to A Finch, A back of a length delivery on off, Finch, on the back foot, punches it to long off for single.
39.5
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, A tossed up delivery on leg, Marsh tucks it to mid-wicket for another single.
39.4
1
Y Shah to A Finch, A back of a length delivery on off, Finch punches it to sweeper cover. Single added.
39.3
0
Y Shah to A Finch, A short delivery outside off, Finch plays it straight to covers.
39.2
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, A length delivery on leg, Marsh flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
39.1
1
Y Shah to A Finch, A tossed up delivery on off, Finch throws his bat on that while playing a drive. The ball goes to third man and Aaron takes a single.
38.6
1
S Malik to A Finch, On middle and leg, Finch flicks it to the on side for a single to keep the strike.
38.5
1
S Malik to S Marsh, Tossed up on off, Marsh plays it towards point for a single.
38.4
1
S Malik to A Finch, On the pads. Finch follows the maximum with a single down to fine leg.
38.3
6
S Malik to A Finch, SIX! 12th ODI hundred for Aaron Finch and what a way to get to the landmark. He has looked mightily impressive and has looked like a man on a mission right from the start of the innings. He gets to his century by depositing this flighted delivery onto the stands behind cow corner for a biggie.
38.2
0
S Malik to A Finch, Shorter in length. It is in an off spinner from Malik. Finch tucks it to mid-wicket.
38.1
1
S Malik to S Marsh, Starts with a full length delivery on middle, Marsh milks it to long on for a single.

Shoaib Malik introduces himself into the attack. Can the skipper get the breakthrough?

37.6
0
Y Shah to A Finch, Dot ball to end the over. Short of length on off, Finch just puts it away.
37.5
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, Marsh gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. One run added to the total.
37.4
6
Y Shah to S Marsh, SIX! Marsh is playing intelligent cricket. A nice tossed up delivery on middle and leg by Shah, Shaun dances down the track and gives a good swing and lofts it above the long on region. The ball settles itself on the roof.
37.3
1
Y Shah to A Finch, Shah gives some air on that, pitching it middle, Finch lofts it towards the mid on region. Falls short of the long on fielder. Single taken.
37.2
0
Y Shah to A Finch, A short delivery outside off, Finch cuts it straight to covers.
37.1
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, A tossed up delivery on leg, Marsh nudges it on leg side for another run.

Yasir Shah back into the attack.

36.6
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Dot ball to finish off the over. It is on the pads, Finch glances it down the leg side but straight to short fine leg. Imad Wasim finishes with the figures of 10-1-50-0.
36.6
0
I Wasim to A Finch, WIDE! Wasim misses his line and sprays this down the leg side. Aaron offers no shot and it has been signalled as a wide.
36.5
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, Loopy delivery on off, Marsh drives it to deep cover and rotates the strike.
36.4
1
I Wasim to A Finch, On the pads this time, Finch runs it down to fine leg and takes a single.
36.3
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Tossed up on middle and leg, Finch defends it to mid on.
36.2
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, On the pads this time, Marsh flicks it to square leg for a single.
36.1
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, Flighted on off, Shaun taps it back to the bowler.
35.6
1
M Amir to S Marsh, Full ball outside off, Marsh runs it down to third man and keeps the strike.
35.5
2
M Amir to S Marsh, Handsome flick but only for a couple. Full on middle, Marsh flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket and gets a couple.
35.4
0
M Amir to S Marsh, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Marsh defends it with a straight bat.
35.3
0
M Amir to A Finch, On the pads this one. Finch looks to flick it but it goes towards the fine leg region off his front pad. Leg bye signalled as they steal a single.
35.2
0
M Amir to A Finch, Fuller this time on middle, Finch taps it back to the bowler.
35.1
1
M Amir to S Marsh, Good length delivery pitching on off. It comes in with the angle. Marsh works it towards mid-wicket for a single.
34.6
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, A fuller length on leg and middle, Marsh plays it to mid on for another single.
34.5
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, A quicker one around off, Marsh taps it to short third man. No run.
34.4
4
I Wasim to S Marsh, FOUR! A flighted delivery on off, Marsh plants his front foot at the pitch of the delivery and plays a beautiful cover drive. The ball touches the boundary ropes in no time. And that brings up FIFTY for Marsh, his 14th in ODIs. Shaun is playing a top knock, he is stealing singles and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. He has played some glorious drives in his innings. Looking positive and will aim for the three figures.
34.4
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Drifting down the leg side, Rizwan fails to gather it behind the stumps, and gives away another run. Wide signaled by the umpire as well.
34.3
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, Wasim offers some air on this deliver, pitching on leg. Marsh drives it to mid on for a single.
34.2
1
I Wasim to A Finch, Imad bowls this a bit shorter in length and outside off, Finch punches this to sweeper cover for a single.
34.1
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Length delivery on middle, angling in. Finch punches it back to the bowler.

Drinks Break - Australia well on top here. They have lost just a single wicket and require another 102 runs off 96 balls. These two have not taken many risks but still, have managed to squeeze in singles and hit odd boundaries at regular intervals. Needless to say, only wickets can see Pakistan win this one and they need to get them soon now.

33.6
2
M Amir to S Marsh, Good length delivery outside off, Marsh drives it wide of deep cover and gathers two runs.
33.5
6
M Amir to S Marsh, SIX! This has come out of the blue. After playing out a maiden over in the previous one, Marsh has taken charge of this one and sent it over the ropes. It was full on middle and off, Shaun lofts it over the long on fence for a maximum.
33.4
1
M Amir to A Finch, Good length ball on off, Finch plays it wide of cover for a single. Pakistan need to stop these easy singles.
33.3
1
M Amir to S Marsh, Full length ball on middle, Marsh flicks it away towards deep square leg for a run.
33.2
1
M Amir to A Finch, Yorker. On middle and off, Finch does well to get his bat down in time. The ball goes towards point and they take a single.
33.1
0
M Amir to A Finch, Good length delivery around off, Finch pushes it to mid off and shouts a loud no.

Mohammad Amir replaces Yasir Shah.

32.6
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, A maiden over. Wasim bowls this quick and short of a length on middle. Marsh hits it back to the bowler from his back foot. Top bowling by Imad Wasim.
32.5
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, A back of a length delivery on leg, Marsh just tucks it to mid-wicket. Another dot ball in the over.
32.4
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, A fuller length on off, Marsh plays it straight to the covers fielder.
32.3
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, A back of a length, Marsh waits for it on his back foot and blocks it.
32.2
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, A flatter delivery on middle, Marsh uses his wrists but gets an inside edge and the ball hits his pads. Dot ball.
32.1
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, Marsh is beaten. Imad bowls this outside off at short length, he slides it in for Shaun. Marsh fails to put his bat on the ball.

Imad Wasim is back into the attack. Pakistan need to pick at least a wicket here.

31.6
0
Y Shah to A Finch, On middle and leg again, Finch tucks it towards mid-wicket. Marsh asks for a single but Finch refuses it.
31.5
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, On middle and leg, Marsh flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
31.4
1
Y Shah to A Finch, Shorter in length, Finch gets on his back foot and punches it to covers for a single.
31.3
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, On the pads, Shaun flicks it to the on side for a single.
31.2
0
Y Shah to S Marsh, Flighted on middle. The ball pitches and slightly comes in after pitching. Marsh looks to defend but gets an inside edge. The ball goes towards short fine leg.
31.1
1
Y Shah to A Finch, Shorter delivery on off, Finch hits it to deep cover and takes a single.
30.6
3
F Ashraf to A Finch, And that brings up the 100-run stand between the pair. A back of length delivery on off, Finch just waits for it and then punches it to the vacant deep extra cover region with timing. The batsmen complete three before the sweeper cover fielder cuts it off. This is a crucial partnership for the Aussies. Both the batsmen took sharp singles and have a solid communication between them. This pair has solidly laid a strong foundation for the run chase.
30.5
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Short-pitch delivery on off, Marsh gets a bottom edge. The ball goes to third man for a single.
30.4
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, A back of a length delivery on leg, Finch flicks it to mid-wicket for another single.
30.3
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Length delivery on leg, Marsh works it down to leg and grabs a single.
30.2
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Ohh! That was close. A short delivery around middle, Shaun decides to open his arms and attempts a pull. Gets beaten with the pace as the ball just skids on. The ball misses the bat and also the top of the off stump. That was close.
30.1
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Faheem bowls this back of a length around leg, Marsh just blocks it.
29.6
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, On the pads, Marsh tucks it towards mid-wicket and keeps the strike.
29.5
1
Y Shah to A Finch, On middle and leg, Finch flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
29.4
0
Y Shah to A Finch, Leg spinner on middle, Finch looks to defend it but it goes to point off the outer half of his bat.
29.3
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Marsh lofts it over mid on towards long on for a single.
29.2
1
Y Shah to A Finch, Flighted on off, Finch defends it with soft hands towards cover for a single.
29.1
0
Y Shah to A Finch, Dropped. Well it is a harsh way to put it that way actually. Tossed up delivery on off, Finch hits it with brute power straight back. Yasir tries to catch it but gets hit on the chest. He is in some pain and understandably so. Finch strikes them really hard and these catches are really hard to take. But it will still go as dropped.
28.6
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A back of a length delivery on off, Marsh defends it from his back foot.
28.5
4
F Ashraf to S Marsh, FOUR! A beautiful shot. Half-volley outside off, Finch just leans forward and plays a text-book cover drive. The fielder inside the ring misfields it and the ball touches the boundary ropes behind him.
28.4
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A length delivery on leg, Marsh juts keeps it away.
28.3
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, 150 up for the Aussies. Finch flicks this full length delivery towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
28.2
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A full length delivery on off, Marsh just taps it to mid on for another single.
28.1
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A back of a length delivery outside off, Marsh fails to put his bat on that.
27.6
0
Y Shah to A Finch, Dot ball to finish the over. Once again short from Yasir, Finch hits it straight to mid on.
27.5
0
Y Shah to A Finch, Short outside off, Aaron punches it straight to cover.
27.4
0
Y Shah to A Finch, On the leg side, Finch looks to sweep it but misses. The ball was going down the leg side.
27.3
4
Y Shah to A Finch, FOUR! Beautiful shot! It is such a joy to watch Finch bat when he is on song. Overpitched by Yasir, Aaron clears his front foot and whacks it through long on for a boundary.
27.2
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, Good batting this follows the boundary with a single. Flighted on middle and leg, Marsh comes down and nudges it to long on.
27.1
4
Y Shah to S Marsh, FOUR! First boundary for Marsh and what a shot this is. Shorter delivery on middle, Marsh waits for it and pulls it between mid-wicket and long on for a boundary.
26.6
0
M Abbas to S Marsh, Abbas bowls this down the leg side. Marsh tries to flick it but gets hit on his thigh pad. Completes a single. The umpire signals a leg bye.
26.5
1
M Abbas to A Finch, A short pitch delivery outside off, Finch cuts it deep to covers and adds another single.
26.4
1
M Abbas to S Marsh, That is just brilliant batting by Marsh. He just taps this full length delivery towards mid on and adds another single. Shaun is just challenging the in-ring fielders by stealing those cheeky singles.
26.3
1
M Abbas to A Finch, A back of a length delivery, Finch plays it late and lets the ball come at him. Under his eyes, he plays a flick to mid-wicket for a single.
26.2
1
M Abbas to S Marsh, A full length delivery on middle, Marsh just dabs it to mid on and takes a quick single.
26.1
0
M Abbas to S Marsh, Lovely delivery! A length delivery on off, and shaping away. Tempting Marsh to go for it. Almost falls for the trap attempting to put the bat on the ball. The ball just misses the outside edge.
25.6
0
Y Shah to A Finch, Shorter delivery outside off, Finch looks to cut it but gets an inside edge onto his boot.
25.5
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, Shorter deliver on middle and off, Shaun plays it to long on and rotates the strike.
25.4
1
Y Shah to A Finch, This time gets it wide of the cover fielder and gets a single.
25.3
0
Y Shah to A Finch, Tossed up delivery on off, Finch pushes it straight to the fielder at cover.
25.2
6
Y Shah to A Finch, SIX! This time Finch gets his timing to perfection. A top spinner around off. Finch effortlessly heaves it over the bowler's head and deposits it into the stands at long on.
25.1
2
Y Shah to A Finch, In the air...but safe. Flighted delivery, full in length. Finch looks to loft it over cover. He does not time it well but the ball falls short of the fielder in the deep. Two runs taken.
24.6
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Finch flicks it but gets it off his pads. Leg bye signalled and Finch keeps the strike.
24.5
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Back of a length on off, Finch plays it to mid off.
24.4
1
M Abbas to S Marsh, On the pads this. Marsh flicks it to fine leg for a run.
24.3
1
M Abbas to A Finch, Back of a length delivery on middle, Finch glances it to deep square leg for a run.
24.2
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Length ball on middle. This time Aaron flicks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
24.1
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Good length delivery on middle, Finch hits it straight to mid off.

Mohammad Abbas is back into the attack.

23.6
1
Y Shah to A Finch, Shah is bowling some quicker ones to Finch. Sprays it down his legs, Aaron flicks it to mid-wicket for another single.
23.5
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, Back of a length by Shah, Marsh flick it to mid-wicket for a single.
23.4
0
Y Shah to S Marsh, A loopy delivery on leg, Marsh just keeps it away using his wrists.
23.3
1
Y Shah to A Finch, A back of length delivery. Finch punches it for a single.
23.2
0
Y Shah to A Finch, A quicker one in the air. Finch defends it from the front foot.
23.1
0
Y Shah to S Marsh, Seeing Marsh coming down the track, Shah pulls his length back and serves it around leg. Marsh fails to work it away and it goes off his pads to short fine leg. A leg bye is taken.
22.6
0
M Amir to A Finch, Ends the over with another dot ball. This is on a length on off, Aaron taps it back to the bowler.
22.5
0
M Amir to A Finch, Follows the boundary with a dot. Good length delivery on off, Finch pushes it to the fielder at point.
22.4
4
M Amir to A Finch, FOUR! Easy pickings this for Finch. Length delivery on the pads, Finch just gently helps it around the corner at fine leg for a boundary. Commentator's curse this. He has missed his line after the second ball.
22.3
0
M Amir to S Marsh, Misses the line this time and bowls it on the leg side. Marsh looks to flick it but it goes off his pad towards the fine leg region for a leg bye.
22.2
0
M Amir to S Marsh, Good length delivery on off, Marsh blocks it off his front foot. Good ploy this from Amir. Attacking the stumps.
22.1
0
M Amir to S Marsh, Fuller on middle and off, Marsh tucks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
21.6
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, A fuller length delivery on off, Marsh dances down the track and just taps it to mid off and adds a single to the score. That was a quick single. Good awareness from the batsmen.
21.5
0
Y Shah to S Marsh, A flighted delivery on leg, Marsh keeps it away.
21.4
1
Y Shah to A Finch, Back of length delivery on middle, Finch flicks it to mid-wicket for single.
21.3
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, A good flighted delivery on leg, Marsh steps out of his crease and flicks it to long on for a single.
21.2
0
Y Shah to S Marsh, Full on middle, Marsh hits it straight to the bowler.
21.1
0
Y Shah to S Marsh, Shah flights it on pads of Marsh. Marsh flicks it for a single.
20.6
4
M Amir to A Finch, FOUR! Finch is looking in great touch today and this shot is a proof of that. Back of a length delivery on off, Finch gets on his back foot and pulls it beautifully through square leg for a boundary. He never lost his control playing that shot.
20.5
0
M Amir to A Finch, Bouncer. Not a well directed one though. It is on the leg stump line. Aaron offers no stroke to it but the umpire does not signal it as a wide.
20.4
0
M Amir to A Finch, Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Aaron defends it with straight bat.
20.3
1
M Amir to S Marsh, Length ball on off, Shaun guides it wide of point and rotates the strike.
20.2
1
M Amir to A Finch, Good length delivery on the pads, Finch glances it to deep square leg for a single.
20.1
1
M Amir to S Marsh, Full length delivery on off, Marsh pushes it wide of cover for a single.

Mohammad Amir back into the attack.

19.6
2
Y Shah to A Finch, A short pitch delivery on off, Finch gets on his back foot and cuts it on the off side. Batsmen complete a double.
19.5
1
Y Shah to S Marsh, Shah bowls this full on leg, Marsh just places it to fine leg for a single. 100 up for Australia!
19.4
0
Y Shah to S Marsh, A short pitch delivery on off, Marsh waits on his back foot and taps it straight to point.
19.3
1
Y Shah to A Finch, A back of a length delivery on off, Finch steps out and flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
19.2
0
Y Shah to A Finch, A quicker this time, defended with ease.
19.1
0
Y Shah to A Finch, A flighted delivery on off. Defended watchfully.

Here comes the leggie - Yasir Shah!

18.6
1
I Wasim to A Finch, On middle and leg, Finch glances it to mid-wicket and keeps the strike.
18.5
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, Short again from Wasim, Marsh punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
18.4
1
I Wasim to A Finch, 20th ODI fifty for the Australian skipper, his first against Pakistan. Finch has looked very calm, composed and untroubled. He gets to the landmark by cutting the short ball towards point for a run.
18.3
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Played to the point region by the batsman
18.2
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Flighted on middle, Finch blocks it.
18.1
2
I Wasim to A Finch, Short on off, Finch just guides it away from deep cover. They run the first one quickly and go for the second. They are quick and get it easily.
17.6
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, Finch has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
17.5
0
F Ashraf to A Finch, Back of a length delivery on off, played it straight to the bowler.
17.4
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A gifted run. Ashraf bowled this outside off, Marsh just opened his face towards point, the fielder had overthrown this at bowling end. Single run added.
17.3
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, Back of a length delivery on leg, Finch flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
17.2
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Spraying down the leg, Marsh attempting a flick gets the ball on his thigh pad. He takes a single before the keeper gathers it.
17.1
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, Faheem bowls this at length on off, Finch taps it to covers for a single.

Drinks break. Steady going from Australia, in spite of losing Usman Khawaja. Aaron Finch is finding this pitch to his liking and has stroked a well-crafted 44 so far. In Shaun Marsh, he has a partner known to bat well on slow pitches and together they are amidst a 25-run stand at the moment. 193 more needed off 198 balls and Pakistan need to pick a few quick wickets to make things interesting. Let's see how the next half pans out where Yasir Shah is expected to bowl.

16.6
1
I Wasim to A Finch, Follows the boundary with a single. Short outside off, Aaron punches it to deep cover and keeps the strike.
16.5
4
I Wasim to A Finch, FOUR! The speed at which Imad bowls it does not take much for the batsman. He bowls this down the leg side. Finch looks to flick it and gets some bat on it. The ball races away to the fine leg fence.
16.4
0
I Wasim to A Finch, On the pads, Finch nudges it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
16.3
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Tossed up on off, Aaron taps it back to the bowler.
16.2
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, Short on off, Marsh pushes it to long on and rotates the strike.
16.1
1
I Wasim to A Finch, Loopy delivery outside off, Finch plays it to deep cover and takes a single.
15.6
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Length delivery outside off, Marsh lets it go.
15.5
2
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A full length delivery on leg, Marsh flicks it to mid-wicket, with great communication and brilliant running, he steals a double.
15.4
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, Faheem sprays on leg of Finch. Aaron flicks it to fine leg for a single.
15.3
2
F Ashraf to A Finch, A back of a length delivery on off, Finch punches it towards sweeper cover and runs an easy double.
15.2
0
F Ashraf to A Finch, Short pitch delivery on off, Finch punches it from his back foot.
15.1
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, Faheem bowls this full length delivery on Marsh's leg, Shaun easily flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
14.6
0
I Wasim to A Finch, On middle, Finch taps it back to the bowler. End of a tight over from Wasim. Just 3 off it.
14.5
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, Tossed up outside off, Marsh plays it to point for a single.
14.4
1
I Wasim to A Finch, Finch this time is able to flick it. On the pads, Finch flicks it to mid-wicket.
14.3
0
I Wasim to A Finch, This one pitched on leg and is turning away from the batsman. Finch looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. Imad shouts for an lbw but the umpire is not interested.
14.2
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, This time Marsh gets bat on ball. This one is landed outside off, Marsh drives it to deep cover for a single.
14.1
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, Beautiful delivery. Off spinner pitching outside off, Marsh looks to defend it but it goes past his outside edge.
13.6
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A fuller delivery around leg, Marsh flicks it towards the mid-wicket region. One run added.
13.5
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, Same length on off, Finch hits it towards the mid on region and runs for a single.
13.4
0
F Ashraf to A Finch, Back of length, Finch defends it watchfully.
13.3
0
F Ashraf to A Finch, A short delivery outside off, Finch on his back foot slashes it hard to point.
13.2
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A length delivery on middle and leg, Marsh plays a front foot defense gets the outside edge of the bat onto the ground. He takes a single.
13.1
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A back of a length ball outside off, shaping away from Marsh. Shaun just shoulders his arms on that.
12.6
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, Flighted on middle and leg, Marsh nudges it to long on and keeps the strike.
12.5
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, Imad lands it on middle and leg, Marsh flicks it straight to the fielder at mid-wicket.
12.4
0
I Wasim to S Marsh, Tossed up on middle, Shaun taps it back to the bowler.
12.3
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Flighted on the leg side, Finch looks to flick but it comes off his pad and a leg bye is stolen as the ball goes to the leg side.
12.2
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Flighted on middle and off, Finch defends it off his front foot.
12.2
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Sprays this down the leg side. Wide signalled.
12.1
1
I Wasim to S Marsh, Full on off, Marsh just guides it towards long on for a single.
11.6
1
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A back of a length ball on off, Marsh just opens the face of the bat towards the third man region and takes a single.
11.5
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A short ball outside off, Marsh gets on his back foot and slashes it straight to point.
11.4
0
F Ashraf to S Marsh, A length delivery around middle, Marsh keeps it away.
11.3
1
F Ashraf to A Finch, Short delivery on off, Finch taps it to point and runs for a single.
11.2
0
F Ashraf to A Finch, Back of length on off, defended.

The new batsman in is Shaun Marsh.

11.1
0
F Ashraf to U Khawaja, OUT! Faheem Ashraf strikes immediately. He bangs the first one a bit short around off and it probably comes a little slow off the surface. Khawaja hangs on the back foot with the intention to pull it over the leg side but only manages to mistime it towards mid on. The skipper, Shoaib Malik takes the catch running back from mid on. He's absolutely ecstatic. A much-needed breakthrough for Pakistan.

Faheem Ashraf to bowl.

10.6
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Flighted ball on middle and leg, Aaron hits it straight to the fielder at mid-wicket.
10.5
1
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Loopy delivery on off, Usman nudges it to long on for a single.
10.4
0
I Wasim to U Khawaja, The batsman has driven it through mid-off.
10.3
0
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Quicker one outside off, Khawaja looks to run it down to third man but misses.
10.2
1
I Wasim to A Finch, Tossed up on middle, Finch milks it to long on for a single.
10.1
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Short outside off. Finch looks to cut it but it is too close and gets an inside edge on it.

Powerplay 2 signalled by the umpire. Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the inner circle till the 40th over.

9.6
0
M Abbas to U Khawaja, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery but straight to the fielder at square leg. Eleven runs from this over.
9.5
4
M Abbas to U Khawaja, FOUR! Abbas goes for the short ball, Usman reads it early and rocks back to pull it off the bottom of the bat to the backward square leg region for a boundary.
9.4
0
M Abbas to U Khawaja, Length ball outside off, driven straight to the fielder at cover.
9.3
1
M Abbas to A Finch, Another one on the pads, Finch flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
9.2
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Length ball on off, Finch drives it towards mid-wicket.
9.1
6
M Abbas to A Finch, SIX! MAXIMUM! Abbas bowls a full ball outside off, Finch lofts it straight over long on. The ball bounces just outside the ropes. Six to start the over.
8.6
0
I Wasim to U Khawaja, FOUR BYES! Right through the legs of the keeper. Imad bowls it outside off, Khawaja looks to drive it but probably gets an inside edge. It goes between the legs of Mohammad Rizwan and to the fence for a boundary. Given as byes.
8.5
0
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Khawaja pushes it to the left of the bowler and looks for a single but Finch says no.
8.4
1
I Wasim to A Finch, On the pads, Aaron flicks it to the on side for a single.
8.3
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Flighted on middle and off, Finch defends it with straight bat.
8.2
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Quick again. Too full, almost a yorker. Finch blocks it.
8.2
0
I Wasim to A Finch, Imad misses his line and bowls this quick down the leg side. The keeper does not collect it cleanly and Finch looks for a single but Usman sends him back.
8.1
1
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Flighted on off, Finch pushes it to long on and takes an easy single.
7.6
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Appeal! Brings a good length ball back into the batsman from outside off. Finch tries to tuck it around on the leg side but misses. It hits him high on the front leg. The bowler appeals but nothing from the umpire.
7.5
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Angles in a full ball on off, Finch defends it back from the crease.
7.4
0
M Abbas to A Finch, On a length and around off, Aaron chooses to stay inside the crease as he pushes it to covers. Dot ball.
7.3
1
M Abbas to U Khawaja, This one is on the pads of the left-hander, Khawaja uses his wrists and works it through backward square leg for a single.
7.2
0
M Abbas to U Khawaja, Lands it on a length outside off, Usman stays back and pushes it down to mid off.
7.1
0
M Abbas to U Khawaja, Pitches it up and around off, it's driven off the front foot to the cover fielder.
6.6
4
I Wasim to A Finch, FOUR! Strays on the pads to Finch and gives it a little flight, the batsman clips it and works it fine on the leg side. The ball goes to the fine leg region for a boundary. 14 runs from Imad Wasim to start his spell. An expensive one for Pakistan.
6.6
0
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Wide! Bowls it in the block hole but way outside the tramline. The keeper fails to take the ball and the batsmen take a bye in the process. Wide and Bye signaled.
6.5
4
I Wasim to U Khawaja, FOUR! CHEEKY! Imad bowls this one quicker outside off, Khawaja reads this ball early and guides it to third man. The pace of the ball does it for him as the ball races to the fence.
6.4
2
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Another ball on the pads and flicked through mid-wicket for a brace.
6.3
0
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Bowls the slider outside off, Khawaja tries to open the face off the bat and guide it but misses to connect.
6.2
2
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Fuller on off, Khawaja flicks it off his pads to mid-wicket for a brace.
6.1
0
I Wasim to U Khawaja, Starts off with a tossed up ball on off, Usman drives it to extra cover where Sohail stops it. Definitely saved a boundary for his side.

Change in bowling. Spinner introduced into the attack. Imad Wasim replaces Mohammad Amir.

5.6
1
M Abbas to U Khawaja, Misfield. Good length delivery outside off, Khawaja cuts it hard to point. Imam-ul-Haq there does not gather it which allows them to take a single.
5.5
1
M Abbas to A Finch, Bowls this on middle and leg, Finch flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
5.4
0
M Abbas to A Finch, On the stumps this time, Aaron blocks with straight bat.
5.3
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Good length delivery on the pads, Finch looks to flick it but it goes to the keeper off his thigh. Aaron looks for a single but Khawaja is not interested.
5.2
4
M Abbas to A Finch, FOUR! Excellent shot. Good length delivery around off. Abbas offers just a hint of room to the Australian skipper. He makes the most of it and hits it through point for a boundary.
5.1
1
M Amir to U Khawaja, Full length delivery outside off, Khawaja hits it hard towards point. Shan Masood dives but cannot stop it. Can't stop the single though.
4.6
4
M Amir to A Finch, FOUR! Driven! Finch reads this ball early and gets his left leg across. He drives it uppishly straight over the bowler's head and into the fence. It was as straight as it could get. Two boundaries from the over.
4.5
0
M Amir to A Finch, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
4.4
4
M Amir to A Finch, FOUR! Amir bowls this one angling in, on the pads. Finch rocks back and flicks its to the on side. The ball was timed so well that it raced away to the mid-wicket fence. Boundary signaled.
4.3
0
M Amir to A Finch, Bowls it shorter this time, Finch plays it back to the bowler.
4.2
0
M Amir to A Finch, Similar length, driven to covers this time.
4.1
0
M Amir to A Finch, Full and on middle, defended watchfully by Finch.
3.6
1
M Abbas to A Finch, Single to end the over. On the pads, Finch flicks it to the on side.
3.5
0
M Abbas to A Finch, The ball that has troubled Finch in the recent past. Inswinging delivery. This one lands on middle and off. Aaron looks to flick but misses and gets hit high on his thigh pad for a single.
3.4
1
M Abbas to U Khawaja, Length ball on off, Khawaja waits for it and plays it right under his eyes towards point for a run.
3.3
1
M Abbas to A Finch, Good running. Good length delivery on off, the ball comes in with the angle. Finch hits it wide of mid on and takes a very quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
3.2
1
M Abbas to U Khawaja, Fuller outside off, Khawaja drives it wide of cover and rotates the strike.
3.1
1
M Abbas to A Finch, Full length delivery on middle and off, Finch pushes it wide of mid on for a single.
2.6
0
M Amir to U Khawaja, Similar length on middle, Khawaja drives it to mid on. Five runs from the over.
2.5
0
M Amir to U Khawaja, Bowls it on a back of a length, Khawaja tried to play at it but missed the line of the ball. The ball goes to the keeper.
2.4
0
M Amir to U Khawaja, Full ball on off, Usman drives it to mid off.
2.3
4
M Amir to U Khawaja, FOUR! First boundary of the innings! Amir bowls it full and on the pads, Usman flicks it on the on side. The ball races to the square leg region for a boundary.
2.2
1
M Amir to A Finch, Bowls it shorter this time, Finch goes for the pull and hits it of the top edge of the bat and the ball goes to the leg gully region for a single.
2.1
0
M Amir to A Finch, On a length pitching on middle and going away, defended watchfully by Finch.
1.6
0
M Abbas to U Khawaja, Excellent ball this. Good length delivery pitching outside off, Khawaja looks to play it across the line but misses. Rizwan behind the stumps goes up in appeal but Abbas does not. The umpire is unmoved too.
1.5
0
M Abbas to U Khawaja, Dot ball. Abbas lands it on a length on off, Khawaja hits it straight to mid off.
1.4
1
M Abbas to A Finch, Good length ball on middle, Finch tucks it wide of mid-wicket and gets a single.
1.3
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Length ball again on off, Finch gets on his back foot and blocks it.
1.2
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Good length delivery this time outside off. Finch pushes it to the fielder at cover.
1.1
0
M Abbas to A Finch, Starts with a full length delivery on off, Finch pushes it straight to the fielder at mid off. No swing there on the first ball.

Debutant Mohammad Abbas to bowl his first over in ODI cricket with the second new ball.

0.6
0
M Amir to U Khawaja, Full ball angling in, Khawaja defends it straight into the ground.
0.5
1
M Amir to A Finch, Tad slower outside off, Finch guides it to third man and takes a single to get off the mark.
0.4
0
M Amir to A Finch, Bowls it on the pads this time, Finch shows full face of the bat and plays it straight towards the bowler.
0.3
0
M Amir to A Finch, Full outside off, Finch punches it to point.
0.2
0
M Amir to A Finch, Full ball angling in, on middle, Finch flicks it off his pads to the on side.
0.1
1
M Amir to U Khawaja, Starts off the innings with an outswinger outside off, Usman plays it towards the gully for a single. Usman and Australia are underway.

We are back for the chase. Out walk the Australian opening pair of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. The latter will take the strike. Mohammad Amir will start the proceedings with the first new ball.