23 runs needed off the last 23 balls came down to 2 runs needed off the last over bowled by Glenn Maxwell with two wickets in hand. 99 out of 100 times, the team chasing will win the match and remaining one will end up as a classic like the Pakistan vs Australia third and final ODI at Abu Dhabi in which the Aussies won by 1 run and remainded Sachin‘s final over in the 1993 Coca Cola Cup match against South Africa.. The credits should go to Man of the Match Glenn Maxwell as the Big Show failed to give a single run in the last over with just two runs left in the bank. With this, Australia whitewashed Pakistan in the three match series.
The eighth-wicket pair of Sohail Tanvir and Zulfiqar Babar added 22 runs with ease to bring the team to within two runs of a face-saving win. Tanvir had a wild sweep flighted delivery just to see his woodwork disturbed as Mohammad Irfan struggled to make contact with the next three deliveries. Eventually he made contact but the ball took a top edge into the safe hands of James Faulkner at covers in the last ball of the innings.
Chasing 232 to win, Pakistan began steadily as their openers Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahamed put together a 56 run partnership before the former was cleaned up by Doherty. Asad Shafiq came in at number three, batted sensibly and scored his ninth ODI half century. Pakistan were cruising along till Sohaib Maqsood and Shafiq were at the crease. But when Maqsood got out in the 33rd over when he score card was on 154-3, the Pakistani bating collapsed as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.
Kane Richardson applied the brakes on Pakistan’s run-rate and was well supported by his fellow bowlers. Richardson, Faulkner, Doherty and Maxwell took a wicket apiece. Earlier after choosing to bat first, Australia managed to get only 230 in their 50 overs courtesy David Warner’s 56 and Man of the Tournament Steve Smith’s 77. Sohail Tanvir was the pick of the bowler with figures of 3-40 in his four overs.
Brief Scores: Australia 231 for 9 (Smith 77, Warner 56, Tanvir 3-40, Afridi 2-44) beat Pakistan 230 (Shafiq 50, Richardson 2-36, Maxwell 2-41) by 1 run
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