Australia seal ODI series 4-1 against Pakistan after record Warner-Head stand
SYDNEY – An insatiable David Warner blasted a career-best 179 and dominated Australia’s highest ever one-day partnership with fellow centurion Travis Head to help secure their 57-run victory in the fifth and final match against Pakistan on Thursday.
Babar Azam (100) and Sharjeel Khan (79) kept alive Pakistan’s hopes of chasing down a 370-run victory target but they collapsed for 312 in the final over as Australia wrapped up the series 4-1.
For Pakistan, Shoaib Malik retired hurt after scoring 10, while Umar Akmal made a brisk 46 down the order.
Warner went into the match with five centuries in his last 10 one-day innings and the diminutive left-hander brought up his sixth of the season in just 78 balls.
He was aided by his luck in the process.
After Australia elected to bat, Warner could have been dismissed from the first ball of the match but an airborne Azhar Ali spilled the edge at second slip off Mohammad Amir.
Some 32 overs later, Amir was the culprit as he floored a simple chance after Warner, then on 130, had gone after Hasan Ali, with the clanger leaving Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur shaking his head in dismay in the dressing room.
The 30-year-old set the tempo in the record 284-run stand with stop-gap opening partner Head, who went on to make 128, his maiden one-day century.
The previous Australia record was the 260 Warner put on with Steve Smith for the second wicket in a 2015 World Cup match against minnows Afghanistan.
Having bettered his previous career-best of 178, made in that match against Afghanistan, Warner was in sight of the 200-mark when he started cramping.
The opener was eventually caught at point off Junaid Khan who dismissed home captain Smith in the same over. Warner belted 19 fours and five sixes in his 128-ball assault at the Adelaide Oval.
Head hit three sixes in his 137-ball knock and was one of five Australia wickets to fall in the final six overs of their innings.
Australia Innings D. Warner c B. Azam b J. Khan 179 T. Head c Az. Ali b H. Ali 128 S. Smith c Riaz b J. Khan 4 G. Maxwell c Hafeez b Amir 13 M. Wade c Malik b H. Ali 8 P. Handscomb c Hafeez b Riaz 1 J. Faulkner not out 18 M. Starc run out (Rizwan) 6 P. Cummins not out 1 Extras (b-1 lb-4 w-6) 11 Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 369 Fall of wickets: 1-284 D. Warner,2-288 S. Smith,3-323 G. Maxwell,4-336 M. Wade,5-342 T. Head,6-351 P. Handscomb,7-367 M. Starc Did not bat: A. Zampa, J. Hazlewood Bowling M. Amir 10 - 0 - 71 - 1(w-1) J. Khan 10 - 0 - 61 - 2(w-2) H. Ali 9 - 0 - 100 - 2(w-1) M. Hafeez 7 - 0 - 43 - 0 W. Riaz 10 - 0 - 62 - 1(w-2) S. Malik 4 - 0 - 27 - 0 Pakistan Innings Az. Ali lbw b Starc 6 Sh. Khan c Wade b Starc 79 B. Azam c Head b Hazlewood 100 M. Hafeez c Smith b Starc 3 S. Malik retired hurt 10 U. Akmal c Wade b Cummins 46 M. Rizwan c Starc b Cummins 6 M. Amir c Maxwell b Faulkner 17 W. Riaz b Starc 17 H. Ali st Wade b Zampa 13 J. Khan not out 0 Extras (lb-2 w-13) 15 Total (all out, 49.1 overs) 312 Fall of wickets: 1-10 Az. Ali,2-140 Sh. Khan,3-145 M. Hafeez,4-220 B. Azam,5-246 M. Rizwan,6-276 U. Akmal,7-282 M. Amir,8-312 H. Ali,9-312 W. Riaz Bowling M. Starc 9.1 - 1 - 42 - 4(w-3) J. Hazlewood 10 - 0 - 74 - 1(w-5) P. Cummins 10 - 0 - 60 - 2(w-2) J. Faulkner 9 - 0 - 60 - 1(w-1) A. Zampa 9 - 0 - 61 - 1(w-2) T. Head 2 - 0 - 13 - 0 Referees Umpire: Simon Fry Umpire: Chettithody Shamshuddin TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney Match referee: Jeff Crowe Result: Australia won by 57 runs. –Reuters