Ton-up Babar leads Pakistan to first series win over Australia in 20 years

Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam right through the 3rd and ultimate one-day global (ODI) cricket event between Pakistan and Australia on the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on April 2, 2022. — PCB

LAHORE: Skipper Babar Azam hit a 2nd successive century and Imam-ul-Haq an excellent half-century Saturday to anchor Pakistan’s first sequence win over Australia since 2002 with a nine-wicket victory within the 3rd and ultimate one-day global in Lahore.

It was once a dominant efficiency through the house workforce at Gaddafi Stadium as they disregarded Australia for a below-par 210 thru their speedy bowlers, who shared 8 wickets after which chased down the objective in 37.5 overs dropping only one wicket.

Azam, dropped through Travis Head off Jason Behrendorff on one, took complete benefit of the reprieve, using Marnus Labuschagne for 2 to finish his sixteenth ODI hundred off 110 balls.

Azam, who scored 114 in the second one recreation, hit 12 barriers in his 115-ball 105 now not out.

Unbeaten Haq adopted his personal back-to-back loads with a cultured 89 for his eleventh ODI 1/2 century. He cracked six barriers and a six and completed the sequence with 298 runs.

Haq and Azam shared an unbroken 190-run stand for the second one wicket after opener Fakhar Zaman fell to Nathan Ellis for 17 — Australia’s best good fortune within the innings.

The elusive win got here after Pakistan misplaced six consecutive ODI sequence to Australia — and the previous three-match Check sequence 1-0 final month.

Australia gained the primary ODI through 88 runs whilst Pakistan clinched the second one through six wickets, each additionally on the identical venue

Previous, speedy bowlers Haris Rauf (3-39), Mohammad Wasim (3-40) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-40) stored the force from the beginning as Australia have been bowled out in 41.5 overs.

Alex Carey top-scored with a gritty 61-ball 56 and Sean Abbott hit a 40-ball 49 in an differently dismal batting display through the guests.

Despatched in to bat for a 3rd successive time through Azam, Australia misplaced in-form Head with the primary ball of the event, from Shaheen.

Out-of-form Finch fell within the subsequent over from Rauf, trapped leg-before for a 2nd time in a row, as Australia misplaced each openers with out a run at the board.

Rauf made it 3-6 when Marnus Labuschagne edged one to slide for Iftikhar Ahmed to take a easy catch.

Ben McDermott (36) and Marcus Stoinis (19) took the ranking to 59 when the latter chipped spinner Zahid Mahmood to Haq, who took a just right diving catch.

McDermott, who smashed a maiden ODI century in the second one recreation, was once trapped leg-before through Wasim for 36 as Australia misplaced 1/2 their facet for simply 67 through the sixteenth over.

Carey and Cameron Inexperienced (34) added a useful 81 runs for the 6th wicket off 95 balls, however Wasim got here for his 2nd spell to bowl Inexperienced within the thirty second over.

Carey’s resistance in spite of everything ended when he holed out to spinner Iftikhar after hitting six barriers and a six.

Abbott, who additionally hit six barriers and a six, made positive Australia were given previous 200 right through a last-wicket stand of 44 earlier than falling to Rauf.

Australia will finish the excursion — their first to Pakistan in 24 years — with a unmarried T20I on Tuesday, additionally in Lahore.

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