Pakistan and Australia in UAE, 5 ODI Series, 2019

Pakistan vs Australia - 3rd ODI

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 27 March 2019

Pakistan 186/10

RR: 4.16 | Australia beat Pakistan by 80 runs

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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.

44.4
0
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.

44.3
0
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.
44.2
2
A Zampa to J Khan, Full and outside off, Junaid comes down the track and heaves it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
44.1
1
A Zampa to Y Shah, Short and outside off, spinning away, cut through the covers for a single.
43.6
0
Pat Cummins to J Khan, Full length delivery outside off, Junaid Khan fails to put the bat on the ball.
43.5
1
Pat Cummins to Y Shah, Full on leg, works it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
43.4
1
Pat Cummins to J Khan, Same line and length, Khan this time guides it to third man for a single.
43.3
2
Pat Cummins to J Khan, Back of a length on off, Junaid Khan guides it to third man for a double.
43.2
0
Pat Cummins to J Khan, Full on off, defended.
43.1
1
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.

Pat Cummins is now back into the attack.

42.6
0
A Zampa to J Khan, Full outside off, lets it go.
42.5
0
A Zampa to J Khan, Full on off, defended.

Junaid Khan walks in at number 10, replacing Usman.

42.4
0
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.
42.3
0
A Zampa to U Khan, Usman looks to flick this googly but fails to put bat on ball. The ball rolls towards the leg side.
42.2
0
A Zampa to U Khan, Kept out off the back foot by Usman Khan.

Usman Shinwari walks in at number 9.

42.1
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, OUT! Imad falls now. And the last hope for Pakistan going back to the hut. A flighted delivery on off, Imad falls for the trap. Dances down the pitch and misses the ball completely. Alex Carey just whips the bails off. Hang on! Replays show us that he had collected the ball in front of the stumps but it has gone unnoticed. Not that it would have mattered much in the context of the game, but it should have been spotted.
41.6
0
N Lyon to Y Shah, Pulled away to mid-wicket by Yasir. No run though.
41.5
1
N Lyon to I Wasim, Flatter one on off, Wasim pushes it back to long on before it turns. Single taken.
41.4
2
N Lyon to I Wasim, Excellent effort in the deep! A flatter one on the off stump, Wasim pulls out the reverse pull. The ball flies through the vacant backward point region but goes really slowly towards the rope. Handscomb runs a lot to his right and stops the ball just inside the rope. 2 runs taken.
41.3
1
N Lyon to Y Shah, Punched away to deep point for a run.
41.2
0
N Lyon to Y Shah, Flatter one on the off stump line, Yasir has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
41.1
1
N Lyon to I Wasim, Shorter and wide outside off, Wasim cuts it away to deep cover for a single.
40.6
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, A back of a length on leg, Wasim plays it to mid-wicket for a single.
40.5
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, This one drifted down the leg side, the camera zoomed on the umpire, who does not signal anything.
40.4
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, Full on leg, blocked.
40.3
1
A Zampa to Y Shah, A flighted on off, Shah drives it to long off for a single.
40.2
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, A flat delivery on leg, Wasim works it to mid-wicket for a single.
40.1
4
A Zampa to I Wasim, FOUR! A full pitched delivery on off, Imad Wasim picks the googly and strikes it way past the bowler for a boundary.

POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

39.6
0
N Lyon to Y Shah, Short outside off, cut to gully by Yasir but for no run.
39.5
1
N Lyon to I Wasim, Flatter one on the pads, worked towards mid-wicket for a single.
39.4
1
N Lyon to Y Shah, Flatter on middle, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
39.3
1
N Lyon to I Wasim, Another short one outside off and some turn away from the southpaw. Imad mistimes his cut towards deep cover for a single.
39.2
2
N Lyon to I Wasim, Shorter one outside off, cut away by Wasim through point. A couple of runs are taken.
39.1
1
N Lyon to Y Shah, Flighted outside off and turning into the right-hander, Yasir drops it towards the off side and sets off for a quick run.
38.6
4
A Zampa to I Wasim, FOUR! Brilliant stroke-making by Imad Wasim. A back of a length delivery outside off, Wasim rocks back and plays it late in the gap between backward point and short third man.
38.5
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, A back of a length on leg, Imad keeps it away.
38.4
1
A Zampa to Y Shah, Short outside off, Yasir Shah cuts it through point for a single.
38.3
0
A Zampa to Y Shah, Full on off, defended.
38.2
0
A Zampa to Y Shah, Full on leg, Shah keeps it away.
38.1
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, A nice flighted delivery on off, Imad dances down and makes it a full toss. Drives it to covers for a single.

Adam Zampa to bowl now.

37.6
0
N Lyon to Y Shah, Another defensive push by Yasir to end the over. The ball rolls to cover.
37.5
0
N Lyon to Y Shah, Flighted and full on middle, Yasir drives it back towards the bowler.
37.4
0
N Lyon to Y Shah, Shorter outside off, Shah remains in the crease and pushes the ball to cover.
37.3
2
N Lyon to Y Shah, Bowls this one quicker and on the pads of Yasir, he just runs it fine on the leg side. Picks up a couple of runs to get off the mark.
37.2
1
N Lyon to I Wasim, Flighted outside off, Wasim drives this past cover for a single.
37.1
0
N Lyon to I Wasim, Bowls this really short outside off, Imad looks to cut but the ball takes an inside edge and goes between the keeper's legs. The slip fielder runs to the ball and stops it though, preventing any runs.

Nathan Lyon has come back on.

36.6
1
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, A short pitch delivery on middle, Imad pulls it to square leg for a single.
36.5
0
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, Same length on off, Wasim punches it straight to Maxwell at point. Who misfields it but does not give away any run.
36.4
0
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, A back of a length delivery on off, Wasim blocks it.
36.3
0
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, A back of a length delivery on leg which skids on to batsman, Imad keeps it away.
36.3
0
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, Wide! A bouncer on middle. Too high though and the umpire signals it as a wide. 150 comes up for the home side.

Yasir Shah is the new batsman.

36.2
0
J Behrendorff to U Akmal, OUT! Akmal has holed out in the process of looking to accelerate! A length ball on middle, Akmal comes down the track and wants to hit it over mid-wicket but the bat turns in his hand as he completes the shot. The ball goes more towards square leg where Cummins take a good running catch. Holds on and that is surely a telling blow for the hosts. They need 118 runs in 82 balls with just 4 wickets left.
36.1
1
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, On a length outside off, Imam makes room and slashes at the ball. It flies on a couple of bounces to third man.
35.6
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, A back of a length delivery on off, Akmal hit it straight to point.
35.5
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, Quicker one on off, beats Akmal who was looking to work it towards the third man region.
35.4
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, A back of a length delivery on leg, Akmal blocks it.
35.3
1
G Maxwell to I Wasim, A flatter delivery on off, Wasim places it through covers for a single.
35.2
0
G Maxwell to I Wasim, A short delivery on off, Wasim cuts it straight to covers.
35.1
1
G Maxwell to U Akmal, Back of a length this time, Malik flicks it for a single.
35.1
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, WIDE! Maxwell starts his over with a wide. And that brings up the 50-run stand between the pair.
34.6
1
J Behrendorff to U Akmal, Back of length delivery on leg, Imad flicks it for a single.
34.5
0
J Behrendorff to U Akmal, First bouncer for the over! A well attempted bouncer, Akmal was looking for a pull but failed.
34.4
1
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, Back of a length, Wasim guides it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
34.3
4
J Behrendorff to I Wasim, FOUR! Imad Wasim decides to go aerial. A full length delivery on off, Imad comes down the track and lofts it above covers and gets a one bounce four.
34.2
1
J Behrendorff to U Akmal, A short delivery outside off, Akmal guides it to the third man region for a single.
34.2
0
J Behrendorff to U Akmal, WIDE! Full length delivery drifting outside leg. Wide signaled by the umpire.
34.1
0
J Behrendorff to U Akmal, A back of a length on leg, Akmal keeps it away.

Jason Behrendorff returns. 6-1-18-0 so far.

33.6
1
G Maxwell to U Akmal, Outside off, punched past the bowler towards long off for one.
33.5
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, Oohhh... tries to be too cheeky, attempts a run down to third man but misses.
33.4
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, Fired on middle, helped straight to square leg.
33.3
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, Comes down the track but flicks it straight to short mid-wicket.
33.2
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, Outside off, pushed towards point. Akmal wants a single but is sent back.
33.1
1
G Maxwell to I Wasim, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
32.6
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, A back of a length delivery on off, Wasim punches it to covers for a single.
32.5
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, Dropped! Lazy stuff from Behrendorff. Too casual. A nice tossed up delivery on middle, Akmal dances down the track and looks to go big but does not quite get the distance. The ball goes towards long on where Jason Behrendorff comes under the ball but plonks it! Did the fielder coming in from long off come in his eyes? Perhaps. A single taken.
32.4
0
A Zampa to U Akmal, A flat delivery on middle, Akmal steps down and fails to read the flight of delivery, applies a defense but the ball hits his pads and goes to the wicket keeper Alex Carey who gathers the ball but couldn't flick the bails off.
32.3
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, Short and outside off, cut straight to point where a misfield enables a single.
32.2
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, Short and outside off, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
32.1
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, Outside off, punched behind point for a single.
31.6
1
G Maxwell to I Wasim, Back of a length by Maxwell on leg, Wasim just guides it towards the fine leg region for a single.
31.5
0
G Maxwell to I Wasim, Full on off, defended.
31.4
1
G Maxwell to U Akmal, A flatted delivery on off, Akmal just tucks it to covers and runs for a single.
31.3
1
G Maxwell to I Wasim, Maxwell flights this on of off, Imad drives it to long off for a single.
31.2
4
G Maxwell to I Wasim, FOUR! Hammered! A tossed up delivery on middle, Imad just gets to the pitch of the ball and smashes it over mid on.
31.1
1
G Maxwell to U Akmal, A back of length on off, Akmal plays it late towards the point region for a single.

Glenn Maxwell is back. 2-0-8-1 so far.

30.6
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
30.5
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
30.4
4
A Zampa to U Akmal, FOUR! A nice tossed up delivery on off, Akmal comes down to the track to the pitch of the ball and delivers a beautiful drive towards the cover region for a boundary.
30.3
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, Around middle and leg, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
30.2
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, Huge shout for LBW but turned down. Did that pitch outside leg? Zampa has his hands over his head. Australia do not review. Tossed up, Wasim misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be pitched in line but spinning down the leg side.
30.1
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
29.6
1
N Lyon to U Akmal, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total. 11 from the over.
29.5
1
N Lyon to I Wasim, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
29.4
3
N Lyon to U Akmal, Outside off, Akmal plays this very late, past the gloves of the keeper. Jason Behrendorff gives it a good chase from short third man, slides, pushes the ball back, loses his cap and then almost looks to return the cap instead of the ball! Three runs taken.
29.3
0
N Lyon to U Akmal, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
29.2
2
N Lyon to U Akmal, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a couple.
29.1
4
N Lyon to U Akmal, FOUR! Short and outside off, Akmal rocks back and pulls it wide of mid on for a boundary!
28.6
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, Full on leg, Imad looks to work it towards the leg side, but fails to connect and the ball hits his pads.
28.5
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, A flighted delivery on off, Imad puts it away.
28.4
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, Full on off, driven to mid off.
28.3
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, A flatter delivery on middle, Wasim defends it gets inside edge onto pads.
28.2
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, A flatter delivery on off, Akmal drives it long off for a single.
28.1
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, A nice floated delivery on leg, Imad makes a full toss and places it mid-wicket for a single.
27.6
1
N Lyon to I Wasim, A back of length on off, Wasim flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
27.5
0
N Lyon to I Wasim, A full length delivery on off, Imad defends it.
27.4
0
N Lyon to I Wasim, Full on leg, Imad works it towards mid-wicket for a single.
27.3
0
N Lyon to I Wasim, Full on off, defended watchfully.
27.2
0
N Lyon to I Wasim, A quicker one in the air, Wasim defends watchfully.
27.1
0
N Lyon to I Wasim, Full on leg, Imad keeps it away.
26.6
0
A Zampa to U Akmal, A short of length delivery on off, Akmal late cuts it straight to short third man.
26.5
0
A Zampa to U Akmal, Full on leg, defended.
26.4
1
A Zampa to I Wasim, Full on leg, Imad works it towards mid-wicket for a single.
26.3
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, Full on off, defended.
26.2
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, A flighted delivery on leg, Imad looking for a flick gets an inside edge onto pads.
26.1
0
A Zampa to I Wasim, A back of length delivery on off, Imad keeps it away.
25.6
4
N Lyon to U Akmal, FOUR! Short on middle, Umar stands tall and pulls this away through deep square leg for a boundary. The 100 comes up for the hosts, they are five down though.
25.5
0
N Lyon to U Akmal, Beaten! What a delivery from Lyon! A straighter one, an arm ball outside off. Akmal looks to prod forward and defend the ball but is beaten by the lack of spin there. Goes narrowly past the outside edge.
25.4
0
N Lyon to U Akmal, Pushed towards cover by Akmal coming forward.

Imad Wasim walks in at number 7, replacing his skipper.

25.3
0
N Lyon to S Malik, OUT! Caught! Malik falls this time. A nice floated delivery on off, Shoaib Malik dances down the track and with the turn hits it to deep mid-wicket and Handscomb take an easy catch. Malik was looking solid in this innings, he just gave his wicket away. The trick to back Lyon back on attack worked for Finch.
25.2
0
N Lyon to S Malik, Back of a length on off, Malik keeps it away.
25.1
1
N Lyon to U Akmal, A back of a length around off, Akmal guides towards the mid-wicket region for a single.

Nathan Lyon is back on. 2-0-6-0 so far.

24.6
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, Thrown up outside off, Akmal reaches out and drives it through the covers for another run.
24.5
0
A Zampa to U Akmal, Tossed up outside off, watchfully defended.
24.4
1
A Zampa to S Malik, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for one.
24.3
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, Full and outside off, Akmal comes down the track and drives it down to long off for a run.
24.2
1
A Zampa to S Malik, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
24.1
4
A Zampa to S Malik, FOUR! Gap found with precision! Superb batting from Malik. Goes back and cuts this between short third man and backward point to find the fence.
23.6
0
Pat Cummins to S Malik, A short delivery on off, Malik flicks it to mid-wicket but fails to connect the bat with the ball. The ball hits his body and he runs for a single.
23.5
0
Pat Cummins to S Malik, A well attempted bouncer. Malik ducks under it.
23.4
1
Pat Cummins to U Akmal, A full length delivery around leg and middle, Akmal flicks it to fine leg and picks a single.
23.3
1
Pat Cummins to S Malik, A back of length delivery around off, Malik flicks this towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
23.2
0
Pat Cummins to S Malik, A back of length delivery on off, Malik guides it straight to Maxwell at point.
23.1
0
Pat Cummins to S Malik, Full on off, defended watchfully.
22.6
1
A Zampa to S Malik, A length delivery on off, Malik cover drives it for a single.
22.5
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, Full on leg, Akmal just guides it to the short fine leg fielder for a single.
22.4
0
A Zampa to U Akmal, Full on leg, Akmal keeps it away.
22.3
1
A Zampa to S Malik, A back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Malik flicks it mid-wicket for a single.
22.2
0
A Zampa to S Malik, Full on off, defended.
22.1
1
A Zampa to U Akmal, A tossed up delivery on off, Akmal drives it to sweeper cover for a single.

Adam Zampa is into the attack now.

21.6
2
Pat Cummins to S Malik, A back of a length delivery outside off, Malik goes on back foot and punches it through covers for a double.
21.5
1
Pat Cummins to U Akmal, A back of a length delivery on off, Akmal works it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
21.5
0
Pat Cummins to U Akmal, WIDE! That was WILD! A back of length on leg and angled away to a huge wide outside leg.
21.4
0
Pat Cummins to U Akmal, A good length delivery outside off, Akmal lets it go.
21.3
0
Pat Cummins to U Akmal, Outside off, Akmal lets it go.
21.2
1
Pat Cummins to S Malik, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
21.1
0
Pat Cummins to S Malik, A good length delivery on off, Malik defends it.

Pat Cummins returns. 5-1-11-3 so far.

20.6
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, A short of length on middle, Akmal blocks it from his back foot.
20.5
0
G Maxwell to U Akmal, A length delivery on leg, Akmal flicks it straight to mid-wicket.

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.

20.4
0
G Maxwell to Imam, OUT! LBW! Three reds and Pakistan lose both - Imam and a review. The arm ball from Maxwell, Imam does not read it and plays from the crease. Big mistake. Because the ball skids through, beats his bat and hits him on the pad. Maxwell roars an LBW shout and the umpire agrees. Imam though wants the review but Hawk Eye does not support him.

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...

20.3
1
G Maxwell to S Malik, Outside off, pushed through point for a run.
20.2
0
G Maxwell to S Malik, Down the leg side, flicked straight to square leg.
20.1
1
G Maxwell to Imam, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
19.6
3
N Lyon to Imam, Full on off, A length delivery on off. Imam plays it late, from his front foot just guides it towards the third man region. Batsmen showing great running takes three.
19.5
0
N Lyon to Imam, A nice flighted delivery on off, Imam plays a defense but gets an outside edge and the ball falls short of the slip fielder.
19.4
2
N Lyon to Imam, A short pitch delivery on off, Imam rocks back and cuts it way pass the point region for a double.
19.3
2
N Lyon to Imam, A back of a length delivery around off, Imam goes on his back foot and flicks it mid-wicket for a couple.
19.2
1
N Lyon to S Malik, Full on leg, Malik guides it to short fine leg for a single. And that brings 50-run stand between the pair.
19.1
0
N Lyon to S Malik, A back of length delivery around off, Malik flicks it straight to mid on.
18.6
0
G Maxwell to Imam, Shortens the length this time does Maxwell, Imam flicks it towards the leg side for no run though.
18.5
0
G Maxwell to Imam, Flatter on middle and fuller slightly, Imam defends it with a straight bat.
18.4
2
G Maxwell to Imam, Flatter outside off, Imam rocks back and cuts this away through point for 2 runs. That is well-placed shot.
18.3
1
G Maxwell to S Malik, Malik goes for the sweep this time but the ball comes off the under edge and runs fine on the leg side for a single.
18.2
2
G Maxwell to S Malik, Fuller one on the pads, Shoaib Malik drives this one through the region to the left of mid-wicket. 2 runs are taken till long on comes around.
18.1
0
G Maxwell to S Malik, Pushed to mid-wicket coming slightly ahead by Malik.
18.1
0
G Maxwell to S Malik, Around the wicket, Maxwell errs in line first up. Bowls this down the leg side, signalled wide by the umpire.

Here comes Glenn Maxwell.

17.6
0
N Lyon to Imam, On middle and leg, helped straight to square leg.
17.5
1
N Lyon to S Malik, On middle, whipped through mid-wicket for a single.
17.4
0
N Lyon to S Malik, Comes down the track and hits it back to the bowler.
17.3
0
N Lyon to S Malik, Outside off, Malik looks to run it down to third man but is beaten.
17.2
0
N Lyon to S Malik, Full and around off, defended back to the bowler.
17.1
2
N Lyon to S Malik, A nice flighted delivery on off, Malik comes down the track and beautifully drives it towards the sweeper cover region. Pat Cummins guarding that region cuts it off and batsmen take a couple.
16.6
6
M Stoinis to Imam, SIX! Nicely done. A length ball, on the pads, Imam just flicks it over backward square leg and the ball goes the distance!
16.5
3
M Stoinis to S Malik, Excellent fielding from Mr. Committed. Malik swings this to the leg side and gets the ball through the vast vacant area through mid-wicket. Pat Cummins, probably one of the most committed Australian cricketers, races across the turf to his left, slides and then parries it across to Nathan Lyon running from long on. Three runs taken.
16.4
0
M Stoinis to S Malik, Half volley outside off, driven straight to short extra cover.
16.3
0
M Stoinis to S Malik, Full and around off, driven straight to cover.
16.2
0
M Stoinis to S Malik, Around middle and off, worked straight to mid-wicket.
16.1
0
M Stoinis to S Malik, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
15.6
0
N Lyon to Imam, Full on off, Imam blocks this one.
15.5
0
N Lyon to Imam, Not out! Umpire changes his decision. A full length delivery around off, the ball spun away from Imam after pitching. Imam was looking for a defense gets beaten. Looks like the ground umpire gave decision on sound as the bat was hitting the pad. But replays shows the ball was miles away from the bat.

Big shout and given! Imam has been adjudged caught behind but he has immediately taken the review...

15.4
0
N Lyon to Imam, A floated delivery on middle, Imam was looking for a defense gets an inside edge onto his pads.
15.3
0
N Lyon to Imam, Full on off, defended
15.2
1
N Lyon to S Malik, A flatter delivery pitching outside off, Malik just places it to covers and runs for a single.
15.1
1
N Lyon to Imam, A flighted delivery in leg, Imam works it long on for a single
14.6
0
M Stoinis to S Malik, Back of a length outside off, watchfully pushed towards cover.
14.5
0
M Stoinis to S Malik, Landed outside off, moving away slightly, left alone.
14.4
1
M Stoinis to Imam, On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
14.3
0
M Stoinis to Imam, Full on middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket.
14.2
0
M Stoinis to Imam, Around off, defended towards point.
14.1
1
M Stoinis to S Malik, Full and around off, Malik drives this straight down the ground past the bowler for a single.
13.6
1
N Lyon to S Malik, A back of a length around leg, Malik flicks it to square leg for a single.
13.5
1
N Lyon to Imam, Back of a length, Imad places it to covers for a single.
13.4
0
N Lyon to Imam, A back of a length delivery on off, Imam tries a late cut but gets an inside edge, onto his pads. A soft appeal by Lyon, umpire is unmoved.
13.3
1
N Lyon to S Malik, Lyon drifts this one to leg stumps, Malik flicks it away towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
13.2
1
N Lyon to Imam, A short delivery on off, Imam punches it to covers for a single.
13.1
0
N Lyon to Imam, A flatter delivery on off, Imam puts it away.

Nathan Lyon into the attack as Australia bring on spin for the first time.

12.6
0
M Stoinis to S Malik, That is a peach. On a good length outside off, Malik plays inside the line and is comprehensively beaten.
12.5
1
M Stoinis to Imam, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
12.4
0
M Stoinis to Imam, On a good length around off, solidly defended towards point.
12.4
0
M Stoinis to Imam, FIVE WIDES! Bonus for Pakistan and they will certainly not mind. A bouncer, around middle, rises steeply after pitching and poor Carey has no chance. 229 more needed from 225 balls now.
12.3
0
M Stoinis to Imam, Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
12.2
1
M Stoinis to S Malik, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
12.1
1
M Stoinis to Imam, Around middle and leg, helped through mid-wicket for a single.
11.6
0
J Behrendorff to S Malik, A prod ahead from the Pakistan skipper to end the over. Looked a tad tentative there.
11.5
0
J Behrendorff to S Malik, Left alone outside off by Malik.
11.4
1
J Behrendorff to Imam, Pulled away by the southpaw for a single to deep square leg. Good shot but only one run.
11.3
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Defended back to the bowler by Imam.
11.2
6
J Behrendorff to Imam, SIX! First maximum of the innings. First boundary in more than 7 overs. A length ball, nothing ball to be honest. Sitting up to be hit and Imam lifts it way over long on for a biggie. This should bring some momentum.
11.1
1
J Behrendorff to S Malik, Malik dabs this one outside off on a length to third man for a single through the gully region.
10.6
0
M Stoinis to Imam, This one keeps a tad low on middle stump line, Imam does well to remain nice and low to keep the ball out.
10.5
0
M Stoinis to Imam, Good tight stuff from Imam, he pats it towards point. Looks for a single but decides against it in the end.
10.4
1
M Stoinis to S Malik, At the pads of Malik, pushed away to mid-wicket for a single.
10.3
0
M Stoinis to S Malik, On the middle stump line by Marcus, Malik defends it calmly back to the bowler.
10.2
1
M Stoinis to Imam, On a length again outside off, dabbed down to third man for a run by Imam. He gets to the other end.
10.1
0
M Stoinis to Imam, Starts off with a length ball outside off, left alone by the southpaw.

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.

9.6
0
J Behrendorff to S Malik, Full on off, Malik defends it. And that ends the Powerplay 1 with Pakistan on 21/3, whereas Australia were 48/2.
9.5
0
J Behrendorff to S Malik, Same length on leg, the ball skid this time from the pitch and the ball hits Malik's thigh pads.
9.4
0
J Behrendorff to S Malik, Back of length on middle, Malik watchfully blocks it.
9.3
1
J Behrendorff to Imam, A good length delivery on leg, Imam flicks it to fine leg for a single.
9.2
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, A back of a length delivery on off, Imam blocks it.
9.1
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Back of a length on off, Imam keeps it away.
8.6
1
Pat Cummins to Imam, This time, Imam opens the face of the bat and runs the ball down to third man. Picks up a single on the last ball and retains strike for the next over.
8.5
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Bouncer! Imam ducks under it and lets the ball go.
8.4
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Oooh! Good yorker, kept out equally well by Imam by bringing his bat down in time.
8.3
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Left alone outside off by the southpaw on this occasion.
8.2
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, A length ball outside off, Imam stands tall and defends it towards extra cover.
8.1
1
Pat Cummins to S Malik, A front foot push by Malik towards the right of the cover fielder. Malik sets off immediately and gets to the other end.
7.6
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Full outside off, Imam lets it go.
7.5
2
J Behrendorff to Imam, Imam flicks it to mid-wicket for a double.
7.4
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, A back of a length delivery outside off and coming in for Imam. Imam was looking to work it fine towards the mid-wicket region but was stuck on his crease. The ball hits his pads. A good shout from fielding side. Umpire denies the shout. Behrendorff discusses it with his captain but they decide not to go for a review. Replays show that height is also a factor for batsman being safe.
7.3
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Full on off, driven to mid off.
7.2
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Change of line by Beherendorff, pitching outside off, left alone by Imam.
7.1
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, A fuller length delivery on off, Imam puts it away.

Shoaib Malik is in at number 5.

6.6
0
Pat Cummins to M Rizwan, OUT! It is indeed out. There is a spike on the Snickometer. Rizwan, the hero of the last match, the centurion has to head back with a duck to his name tonight. A length ball just outside off, Rizwan looks to defend it but the ball seems to have gone past his outside edge. There is an appeal from the bowler and the keeper but the umpire is unmoved. Pat Cummins forces his skipper to take it upstairs. The replays roll in, and guess what. There is indeed a nick on that. Rizwan departs. Pakistan in huge trouble here, having lost the third within 7 overs!

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...

6.5
0
Pat Cummins to M Rizwan, Outside off, a play and a miss.
6.4
0
Pat Cummins to M Rizwan, The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad.

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.

6.3
0
Pat Cummins to H Sohail, OUT! 'Unplayable' yells Ramiz Raja on air! And indeed it was. Another outside edge and another wicket for Cummins caught at slip. A length ball outside off, bounces a bit more than Sohail expects as he tries to defend the ball away from his body. It takes the edge of the shoulder of the bat and carries to first slip. Marsh out there takes a comfortable catch at a good height and Pakistan in a huge spot of bother here early on in their innings.
6.2
1
Pat Cummins to Imam, Short of a length on top of off stump, Shan drops it towards backward square leg for a single.
6.1
1
Pat Cummins to H Sohail, Good length ball on off stump, Sohail looks to defend without foot movement but the ball takes an inside edge and goes towards square leg for a run.
5.6
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Played to the point region by the batsman.
5.5
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Full on off, Imam blocks this one.
5.4
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, A length delivery now drifting in for left-hander. Imam defends it but gets an inside edge, onto the pads.
5.3
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Beaten again! A fuller length delivery around off, Imam was looking for a straight drive now. Beaten again. The ball was angled in for the batsman but went away after pitching.
5.2
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Beaten! A fuller length delivery outside off, Imam looks to defends but fails to connect.
5.1
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, A good length delivery around off, Imam blocks it from his front foot.
4.6
0
Pat Cummins to H Sohail, Oooh! Almost the second wicket in the over. A length ball from around the wicket outside off, looks like it is coming in with the angle but then moves away at the last moment. Sohail looks to push at it but the ball beats him on the outside. A terrific wicket-maiden from Cummins.
4.5
0
Pat Cummins to H Sohail, Three leaves in a row for Haris. Lets this ball go outside the off stump once more.
4.4
0
Pat Cummins to H Sohail, Left alone outside off by Sohail even as the ball is closer to the off stump.
4.3
0
Pat Cummins to H Sohail, Outside off but too far away to make the batsman play at it.

Haris Sohail walks in at number 3, replacing Masood.

4.2
0
Pat Cummins to S Masood, OUT! Caught at slip! Masood heads back to the dressing room really early tonight. A perfect length outside off and Masood comes on the front foot to defend the ball but he does not account for the away movement off the pitch. Takes the edge and the ball goes low to the left of slip. Handscomb there dives low and stretches out his left arm to hold onto the catch. Brilliant stuff this!
4.1
0
Pat Cummins to S Masood, From around the wicket now. A length ball outside off, pushed to point by Masood.
3.6
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Full on off, defended.
3.5
4
J Behrendorff to Imam, FOUR! Crunched.! Width offered by the bowler and Imam makes full use of it. A back of a length delivery outside off, Imad on his back foot punches it through point for a boundary.
3.4
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, A back of a length delivery on off, Imam defends it with ease.
3.3
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, A fuller length delivery on off, Imam blocks it.
3.2
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, A full length delivery outside off, left alone.
3.1
1
J Behrendorff to S Masood, A back of a length delivery on middle and off, Shan works it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
2.6
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Imam looks initially for the pull on this short length ball outside off, but then pulls out of the shot at the last moment.
2.5
1
Pat Cummins to S Masood, Almost chopped on! A length ball on top of off stump, Shan looks to keep it out on the back foot but he gets an inside edge that rolls past the leg stump. Single stolen. Lucky that for the batsman.
2.4
0
Pat Cummins to S Masood, Punched towards cover by Masood to a ball on length outside off.
2.3
1
Pat Cummins to Imam, On the thigh pad, worked down the leg side for a single by Imam.
2.2
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Left alone outside off by Imam. Good leave.
2.1
4
Pat Cummins to Imam, FOUR! Fuller outside off and Imam uses the length to his advantage. He leans into the drive and finds the gap through covers.
1.6
0
J Behrendorff to S Masood, A length delivery on leg, Shan looks for a flick but fails to connect and the ball hits his pads. They think of a leg bye but then decide against it in the end.
1.5
0
J Behrendorff to S Masood, Full on off, Shan defends it with ease.
1.4
1
J Behrendorff to Imam, A back of a length delivery outside off, shaping away from left-hander, Imam guides it towards the third man region for a single.
1.3
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Length ball outside off, left alone by Imam.
1.2
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Back of a length delivery on off, Imam blocks it.
1.1
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, Full on leg, defended.
1.1
0
J Behrendorff to Imam, WIDE! Drifting down the leg side. Imam shoulders his arms.

Jason Behrendorff to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
Pat Cummins to S Masood, Another one left alone by Masood to end the over.
0.5
0
Pat Cummins to S Masood, On a length and good shape away from the left-hander after landing outside off, Shan Masood watches it all the way through to the keeper.
0.4
1
Pat Cummins to Imam, Pakistan and Imam are underway. A length ball at the pads, Imam flicks it away through square leg and runs the first run hard. He slips at the bowler's end and thus cannot come back for the second run.
0.3
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, On a length outside off, a defensive push by the southpaw to the cover region.

Oh no! Slight drizzle in the air again! We are playing on as of now...

0.2
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Back of a length once more outside off, this time Imam fends it towards the off side.
0.1
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Excellent ball to start! Short of a length and tailing away from the lefty, Imam looked to initially defend the ball but then leaves it alone in the end. Good leave.

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!