Pakistan and Australia in UAE, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 31 March 2019
RR: 6.14 | Australia beat Pakistan by 20 runs
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.
Jason Behrendorff is back on.
Imad Wasim is the new man in.
Powerplay 3 signaled! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the end of the game.
Nathan Lyon is back.
Adam Zampa is back on.
Marcus Stoinis is on now.
Nathan Lyon is back on.
Umar Akmal is the new man in.
Mohammad Rizwan is the new man in.
Adam Zampa is on now.
Glenn Maxwell is on now.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Also, Kane Richardson is back on.
Nathan Lyon is on now.
Kane Richardson to bowl from the other end.
Haris Sohail is the new man in.
We are back for the chase! The Australian players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by the Pakistan openers, Shan Masood and Abid Ali. The former will be on strike and he will face Jason Behrendorff who has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...