Australia beat Pakistan by seven wickets in 3rd ODI
PERTH (92 News) – Australia beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the third One Day International at Perth on Thursday.
Smith finished unbeaten on 108, his eighth ODI century, as Australia took a 2-1 lead in the series. There were important contributions from a range of sources – Peter Handscomb struck 82 on debut, Josh Hazlewood took 3 for 32 from his 10 overs, and Travis Head took two wickets and then hit the winning runs – but Smith was the architect of the victory. Pakistani sloppiness was another major factor in the result.
Earlier, Pakistan scored 263/7 in 50 overs after being put into bat by the home team in the third ODI in Perth today. Sharjeel Khan (50) and Babar Azam (84) scored half centuries. Josh Hazlewood took three wickets for Australia. Australia lead five-match series 2-1.
The series was tied at 1-1 following Pakistan cricket team’s victory in the second ODI. Australia won the first match by 92 runs, but the visitors fought back in Melbourne to clinch the second game by 6 wickets.
It was a disappointing finish for Pakistan, who at the 40-over mark had an excellent platform of 4 for 213 from which to build. But Azam pulled Hazlewood and was brilliantly caught at deep midwicket by a diving Peter Handscomb, on debut. In Hazlewood’s next over, Akmal gloved a bouncer through to Matthew Wade for 39.