Pakistan and Australia in UAE, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 27 March 2019
RR: 4.16 | Australia beat Pakistan by 80 runs
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.
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.
Pat Cummins is now back into the attack.
Junaid Khan walks in at number 10, replacing Usman.
Usman Shinwari walks in at number 9.
POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
Adam Zampa to bowl now.
Nathan Lyon has come back on.
Yasir Shah is the new batsman.
Jason Behrendorff returns. 6-1-18-0 so far.
Glenn Maxwell is back. 2-0-8-1 so far.
Imad Wasim walks in at number 7, replacing his skipper.
Nathan Lyon is back on. 2-0-6-0 so far.
Adam Zampa is into the attack now.
Pat Cummins returns. 5-1-11-3 so far.
Umar Akmal comes in at a probably make-or-break stage in his career. Meanwhile, Drinks has been taken. Pakistan have been pegged back by the fall of the wicket just before the break. They need the partnership of Akmal and Malik to take them as close as possible and at a good speed otherwise it is looking difficult for the hosts. As for the visitors, they will try to keep it tight and pile up the pressure even more on Pakistan.
Review time again! Imam the man in question once more. He has been adjudged LBW this time and has asked for a second opinion. Height could be the issue...
Here comes Glenn Maxwell.
Big shout and given! Imam has been adjudged caught behind but he has immediately taken the review...
Nathan Lyon into the attack as Australia bring on spin for the first time.
There is a persistent drizzle in the air. Not strong enough to make the play stop as of now. Powerplay 2 begins now as well, 4 fielders are allowed outside the circle till the 40th over. Meanwhile, a change in bowling, Marcus Stoinis to bowl now.
Shoaib Malik is in at number 5.
Is that a nick? Australia seem to be confident and have gone for the review. Rizwan has been adjudged not out on the caught behind appeal...
We are back. The rain has cleared and the covers are off...
Mohammad Rizwan was just making his way in but along with him come the showers. The players are seen making their way out. Hopefully, this is a passing shower. Must be so frustrating for the players and us spectators alike.
Haris Sohail walks in at number 3, replacing Masood.
Jason Behrendorff to bowl with the second new ball.
Oh no! Slight drizzle in the air again! We are playing on as of now...
We are back for the chase. Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood are the two openers for Pakistan. Pat Cummins has the first new ball for Australia. 267 to win for the hosts and keep the series alive. Let's play!