Pakistan makes a good comeback in the 5-match ODI series against Australia in Australia after beating the host nation by 6 wickets at Melbourne on Sunday night.
In the 2nd ODI of this series, Australia decided to bat first after winning the toss. But the hosts were bundled out for 220 runs (48.2 overs).
In reply, Pakistan chased successfully that total in 47.4 overs after losing just 4 wickets.
With this victory, Pakistan has levelled the 5-match ODI series by 1-1.
Brief Scores: Australia – 220 in 48.2 overs (Steven Smith 60, Matthew Wade 35, Mohammad Amir 3/47)
Pakistan – 221/4 in 47.4 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 72, Shoaib Malik 42*, James Faulkner 2/35)
Result – Pakistan won by 6 wickets
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- Pakistan left-arm bowlers took a total of 7 wickets (Mohammad Amir 3/47, Junaid Khan 2/40 and Imad Wasim 2/37) during Australia’s innings. It is the highest no.of wickets taken by left-arm bowlers in an ODI innings against Australia in Australia. The previous best was 6 wickets which had taken by Sri Lankan left-arm bowlers against Australia at Hobart on 21st January 1999.
- Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez scored 72 runs in this ODI. It is the joint second highest ODI runs scored by a Pakistan captain against Australia in Australia. Hafeez levelled Javed Miandad’s 72 runs innings which Miandad had scored at Melbourne on 22nd November 1981. The highest ODI runs scored by a Pakistan captain against Australia in Australia is 82 by Imran Khan (at Brisbane on 11th February 1990).
- Australian captain Steven Smith and Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, both scored half century in this ODI. It is the first time between Australia and Pakistan ODI match where both skippers score 50+ runs in the same ODI.
- Pakistan won this ODI by 6 wickets. Before this ODI, last time Pakistan had won an ODI at MCG in almost 20 years ago (against West Indies on 20th January 1997).
Meanwhile, before this ODI, last time Pakistan had beaten Australia in an ODI at MCG in almost 32 years ago (on 24th February 1985)
- Before this ODI, Pakistan had won an ODI against Australia in Australia was at Perth on 30th January 2005 (by 3 wickets). With this victory, Pakistan ended their 9 ODIs losing streak against Australia in Australia. It is Pakistan’s worst ODI losing streak against a host nation.
Also according to the list of longest ODI losing streaks against the hosts Australia, Pakistan is in no.5 with 9 ODI defeats. The top four in this list are 13 ODI losing streak by England (1999-2007), 13 ODI losing streak by Sri Lanka (1985-1995), 11 ODI losing streak by India (1991-2004) and 10 losing streak by Zimbabwe (1992-2004).
- Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant batting. Hafeez became the 3rd Pakistani skipper to receive a Man of the Match award in the ODI match between Australia and Pakistan in Australia. The other two Pakistan skippers were: Imran Khan (at Sydney on 13th February 1990) and Javed Miandad (at Melbourne on 22nd November 1981)