Australia continued their dominance in the third ODI against Pakistan and sealed the five-match ODI series by winning the third ODI by 80 runs. Aaaron Finch continued his good form by slamming ninety runs while Maxwell, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa made vital contributions.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 27, 2019
Finch steadies Australia’s ship
Australia had a disastrous start as Usman Khawaja was out in the first over and Shaun Marsh too departed in the 6th over. But then Aaron Finch added 84 runs with Peter Handscomb for the third wicket.
But Handscomb and Stoinis departed in quick succession and problems hoovered over Australia’s camp. However Finch who regained his form recently scored another solid innings and smashed 90 runs off 136 balls.
Maxwell makes a statement
Meanwhile Glenn Maxwell delivered the finishing blows and scored 71 runs off 55 balls. Australia finished with 266 runs off their 50 overs.
Cummins derails Pakistan’s chase
In response, Pakistan’s innings never took off thanks to Pat Cummins who claimed three Pakistani top-order batsmen in his first four overs. By strangling Pakistan to three down for 16 runs he virtually derailed Pakistan’s chase.
Pat Cummins' last five ODIs (including ongoing third #PAKvAUS ODI):
Economy rate: 4.37
— Louis Cameron (@LouisDBCameron) March 27, 2019
Maxwell then finished Imam-ul-Haq’s resistance and Nathan Lyon produced the key wicket of Shoaib Malik. Umar Akmal and Imad Wasim fought for a while but the target was too steep to climb.
Adam Zampa weaved his magic and took care of Pakistan’s tail. The leggie finished with four wickets and was the highest wicket-taker for Australia.
Cummins was declared the man of the match for his sensational burst of new ball bowling that claimed three wickets.
Australia seal the series by winning first three games
Australia have emerged as a force to reckon with after winning the series in India and have now won the series against Pakistan as well.
Australia has won the first three matches of this ODI series and has taken a lead of 3-0 in the series.