Published: Sat, March 30, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Australia romps to 80-run win against Pakistan in 3rd ODI

Australia romps to 80-run win against Pakistan in 3rd ODI

As a result, Pakistan found themselves 3 down for just 16 before opener Imam-ul-Haq (46) and Shoaib Malik (32) put on a fourth wicket stand of 59.

The middle order proved much more hard to remove than the top but the designated hosts' response never looked like a match-winning one and their hopes of salvaging a victory effectively went when Jason Behrendorff ended a stand of 53 between Imad (43) and Umar Akmal (36) by removing the latter.

"The scans demonstrated the usual soft tissue damage we expect following a dislocation but fortunately has excluded any bone damage or fracture", Saw said.

Australian cricketer Adam Zampa (R) bowls during the third one day global against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on March 27, 2019.

Aaron Finch won the toss for the first time this series, and made a decision to set Pakistan a target.

"We're playing spin a lot better than we have in the past and that is an improvement".

While trying to ascend this huge mountain during the chase, Pakistan lost three of its batsmen quite early.

Finch, who scored 116 and 153 not out in Australia's eight wicket wins in the first two matches - could have been the first Australian to score three hundreds in as many ODIs.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are among the luminaries on that list headed by Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara, who is the only batsman to have scored four ODI tons in a row.

Usman Shinwari spearheaded a testing new-ball examination and started the match with a wicket maiden, working over Usman Khawaja in textbook fashion to dismiss the in-form opener for a duck.

The scores: Australia 266 for six in 50 overs (A. Finch 90, G. Maxwell 71, P. Handscomb 47) vs. Pakistan. Finch added another 36 with Marcus Stoinis (10) and 48 for the fifth wicket with Glenn Maxwell.

The pair's return to the nets is timely after Jhye Richardson returned home this week from Australia's one-day series against Pakistan with a dislocated shoulder. Left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari will replace Faheem Ashraf, who has been rested for the final three matches, while Junaid Khan, another left-arm pacer, will come in place of Mohammad Abbas.

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