Matthew Wade's Maiden Century Saved Australia In First ODI Against Pakistan
- Author: Regina Holmes Jan 16, 2017,
Jan 16, 2017, 0:50
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez scored 72 and Shoaib Malik posted 42 not out as the visitors passed the target with 2.2 overs to spare.
The 36-year-old all-rounder was dropped from Pakistan's Test team following the drawn series away to England last year and was not initially selected in the squad for the five-match one-day worldwide contest against Australia.
The ODI series now heads to the MCG in Melbourne on Sunday for the next match between the two nations. To make matters worse for Pakistan, their wrecker-in-chief from the Test series, Josh Hazlewood, is set to make a comeback.
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Azhar returned to the crease late in the innings but struggled to move freely and when he was well caught in the deep by Warner for 24, Pakistan's hopes of victory went with him.
Hafeez was again missed at short cover by a leaping Pat Cummins just after he flicked Starc to the square leg boundary and raised his half century off 81 balls. A few players coming back from the BBL, but I guess there's no excuse for the Test players, but we've been in a bit of a rush and we need to just rein it in a little bit, give ourselves a chance and form some partnerships.
Pakistan made a sound start to their chase, Sharjeel Khan playing the aggressor role and opening partner and captain Mohammad Hafeez - who was dropped by Smith at slip off Starc on the fourth ball of the innings - holding down the other end in conservative fashion.
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Hafeez also said his bowlers assessed conditions early and chasing more than 250 would have been "very hard".
Pakistan were well placed with Australia five down in the 17th over before Wade and Glenn Maxwell (60) put on 82 runs for the sixth wicket to push on.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat in scorching conditions amid talk their stacked batting line-up - including Big Bash League sensation Chris Lynn at number four - would lead to a T20-style encounter.
Malik bowled Matthew Wade for 35 and the lower-order failed to bat out the allotted 50 overs, with Junaid running out Starc (3) and Amir following up his early dismissal of Mitch Marsh (0) to take the last two wickets with well-targeted short balls.
Both openers, Usman Khawaja and David Warner, were picked up by Junaid Khan in quick successions.
Though Pakistan were not required to score huge runs, they lost wickets at regular intervals, which led to their downfall.