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Australia tour of United Arab Emirates, 2nd ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Mar 24, 2019

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Pakistan 284/7

Australia 285/2 (47.5/50 ov)

Australia won by 8 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

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10.43pm A fifth ODI win in a row for Australia, and Aaron Finch leads from the front once again with a career-best 153 not out as his team equal the record for the highest successful run chase at this ground. The result is eerily similar to that in the first ODI – again, Pakistan were a good 20 to 30 runs short, and Australia cruise home to win by eight wickets.

ABAE: “Letting Aaron Finch bowl 10 overs was a big issue here, let along with economy at which he did” — Letting him score 153 also didn’t help

“The game ebbed and flowed, and our partnership ebbed and flowed a bit too,” says Usman Khawaja, who shared in a 209-run stand with Finch. “I got off with a bit of a flow while Finch was struggling to get it away, and then he started middling it. To win the first two games was really important as we know Pakistan are strong in these conditions. When you get a partnership, you have to make it count as it’s hard for the new batsman coming in.”

“To be honest, I think early strikes in our bowling is what we are lacking,” says Shoaib Malik. “Overall, there are positives as we fought until the last ball. We are testing our bench strength. There are youngsters who we are giving chances to. Rizwan has scored runs in that position, and it’s a great sign that someone is knocking on the door for the World Cup team. Since we have rested a lot of our players, we are trying other players and these things happen in international cricket, especially when you are playing a big team. Since I have this opportunity, I must also congratulate Finch on back to back hundreds. If an opener scores 150+, it’s tough to win that game. Next game, there will be more youngsters in the playing XI. It’s not about winning the series, it’s about testing our bench strength.”

Aaron Finch is the Player of the Match

“On a wicket like that, you can’t afford to take it too deep with new batters,” says Finch. “When you come in, it’s tough to quickly at first. I just wanted to get through Imad. He comes in and challenges the stumps and your pads. It’s hard to take a risk off him. I just hung in there as long as I could. Usman has been in good form, and he’s getting big runs at an important time. Things are going quite well at the moment, but there are always things to improve.”

“He’s in good spirits,” Finch says of Jhye Richardson, who dislocated his shoulder in the field earlier. “His shoulder popped out a little bit. Unfortunate for the youngster. He’ll get home, have some scans and assess the damage.”

That’s all from your commentary team tonight. We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage. Do join us for the third game in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. And don’t forget to check out Danyal Rasool’s match report on your way out. Until next time, goodbye!

47.5 2 Faheem Ashraf to Finch Finch misses his flick, but the ball pings off his pad and rolls to fine leg. They’re back for the second, and that’s the game! 2 leg byes
47.4 1 Faheem Ashraf to Marsh tip-and-run single, Marsh dead-batting it close on the off side and Finch calling him through 1 run
47.3 1 Faheem Ashraf to Finch pushed through mid on, just the one 1 run
47.2 4 Faheem Ashraf to Finch 150 up for Aaron Finch! He gets there from 141 deliveries, flicking the ball sweetly through square leg. Back to back tons, and a career best FOUR
47.1 6 Faheem Ashraf to Finch spanked straight back down the ground, and Finch equals his highest score in ODI cricket SIX

Tehseen: “Faheem’s last over will be surprising. ”

End of Over No.47 Australia 271/2 Last Over (11 runs)

46.6 1 Mohammad Hasnain to Finch pitched right up at a shade over 145km/h, and Finch drives straight to cover. They take on Haris Sohail in the position for a single, and Finch wasn’t even in the frame as the throw came in … but again it goes wide! 1 run
46.5 1 Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh Marsh is forward and slaps a fluid drive out to the sweeper after Hasnain aims full 1 run
46.4 1 Mohammad Hasnain to Finch another reverse swinging yorker at 144.6km/h, but it’s dug out down the ground for a single 1 run

Usman: “Can Finch retire out? That might spice things up a bit.”

46.3 6 Mohammad Hasnain to Finch this will help! Finch picks up the length early, getting under the ball to swat it in the air and over the leg side boundary SIX
46.2 1 Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh short, and it’s pulled just wide of mid on. Haris Sohail is in position there, and he has a shy but misses. There have been a few nervy runs in the last few minutes 1 run

Malik has a word with his young bowler at the end of his run-up

46.1 1 Mohammad Hasnain to Finch well bowled! Hasnain slings down a quick yorker at the toes, Finch hurrying to keep it out. That just tailed in through the air as well … 1 run

Sheikh Mudasir: “Aussies trying their best to make the game interesting..”

End of Over No.46 Australia 260/2 Last Over (5 runs)

45.6 1 Faheem Ashraf to Finch pushed down to long on, just the one 1 run
45.5 2 Faheem Ashraf to Finch just short of Yasir in the deep! Finch goes on the attack now, lifting a length ball over the leg side. He doesn’t connect well, but that actually saves him as Yasir can’t get in off the midwicket boundary in time to catch it – though he stops the boundary 2 runs
45.4 1 Faheem Ashraf to Marsh in the air, but safe! Marsh looks to pull in the air, but it rushes on to him and loops off the splice … but falls safely at mid on! If long on had been up, that would have been the simplest of catches 1 run

zee: “Pakistan again 25-30 runs short.” — I’m not so sure, this could get tight

45.3 . Faheem Ashraf to Marsh Marsh pulls, but it doesn’t come onto the bat and he can’t beat the infield no run

Isaac Marshall: “Can someone please explain why Pakistan are so good in UAE T20s and so bad at UAE ODIs? They were great in recent away ODIs and in England and the reason isn’t a weakened squad because they were equally bad in the Asia Cup. T20s can’t be put down to a good streak because they have whitewashed nearly every touring side at UAE so what is the reason?”

45.2 1 Faheem Ashraf to Finch chipped uppishly into the leg side, and again midwicket cuts it off but they take him on for a quick single. The throw goes wide. And was possibly to the wrong end, as Marsh had hesitated setting off from the other end. A better throw could have made things interesting 1 run
45.1 . Faheem Ashraf to Finch seaming in off a length, and Finch can’t get it past midwicket no run

Five overs to go, Australia need a run a ball

End of Over No.45 Australia 255/2 Last Over (4 runs)

44.6 . Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh direct hit would have had him! Marsh taps to point and sets off. Finch sends him back, but he’s slow to turn, and had the throw been accurate, he would have been out. Tough chance, just the one stump to aim at for Imam no run
44.5 1 Mohammad Hasnain to Finch Hasnain targets the stumps at almost 139km/h, Finch finding a single with a bottom-handed push into the leg side 1 run
44.4 . Mohammad Hasnain to Finch beaten on the back foot outside off stump. Finch just swished inside it, and he’s upset with himself no run
44.3 1 Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh pushed down towards his legs, and they find a single off the pad 1 leg bye

Abbad Maqbool : “One of the few bowlers who’re bowling good, Fahim Ashraf is being sent back to pakistan after this match. Any idea whose replacing him?” — He’s being rested, no replacement

44.2 2 Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh full and wide at 142km/h and Marsh flays it uppishly through point. Shan Masood dives in the deep to save runs 2 runs
44.1 . Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh beaten outside off by one that holds its line, good start no run

As Finch has a quick drink, Ali Farooqui has this: “Nothing to take away from yasir but considering the past performance in limited over cricket of yasir shah i think investment on umer khan should be done seem like a promising boy with quality variations” — And speaking of promising youngsters, here’s Hasnain

End of Over No.44 Australia 251/2 Last Over (2 runs)

43.6 . Faheem Ashraf to Finch tight end to the over from Faheem, who once again finds some seam movement in to cramp Finch for room no run

Abhijato: “Surely there isn’t a choke here?” — Surely not

43.5 1 Faheem Ashraf to Marsh chopped down close in, in front of point, and they hurry through for a quick single 1 run
43.4 . Faheem Ashraf to Marsh Marsh pulls, though it’s not that short, and his shot is stopped at midwicket no run
43.3 . Faheem Ashraf to Marsh Marsh is a little squared up by one that goes across him, but keeps it out well enough no run
43.2 1 Faheem Ashraf to Finch worked into the gap on the leg side for a single 1 run

Abdul Haseeb: “Cricinfo is creating a bit drama here when bowling team is not creating any by mentioning two outs when there is only single one.” — Merely a minor glitch, I assure you

43.1 . Faheem Ashraf to Finch punched into the cover field, but he can’t break through no run

End of Over No.43 Australia 249/2 Last Over (6 runs)

42.6 1 Yasir Shah to Finch Finch drives down the ground, and he’ll keep the strike 1 run

What is it?

Australia tour of United Arab Emirates, 2nd ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Mar 24, 2019.

When is it?

Mar 24, 2019.

What time does it start?

2019-03-24 11:00:00 GMT, 2019-03-24 15:00:00 local

Which Ground is it Playing?

The match will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Score Cards

  • To bat
    Player Mat Runs HS Ave 100
    5. MP Stoinis 36 982 146* 36.37 1
    6. PSP Handscomb 21 628 117 34.88 1
    7. AT Carey 24 553 55* 32.52 0
    8. NM Coulter-Nile 31 252 92 16.80 0
    9. JA Richardson 12 68 29 13.60 0
    10. NM Lyon 25 69 30 23.00 0
    11. A Zampa 47 100 22 6.66 0
  • Batting R B 4 6
    UT Khawaja caught 88 109 8 0
    AJ Finch not out 153 143 11 6
    GJ Maxwell run out 19 15 0 2
    SE Marsh not out 11 20 0 0
    MP Stoinis
    PSP Handscomb
    AT Carey
    NM Coulter-Nile
    JA Richardson
    NM Lyon
    A Zampa
    Extras (b 3, lb 7, w 4) 14
    Total (2 wkts; 47.5 ovs) 285
  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    Imad Wasim 8 1 60 0 7.50 (2w)
    Mohammad Abbas 7 0 38 0 5.42 (1w)
    Faheem Ashraf 9.5 0 45 0 4.57
    Mohammad Hasnain 9 0 54 0 6.00 (1w)
    Yasir Shah 10 1 60 1 6.00
    Haris Sohail 4 0 18 0 4.50
  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 209 UT Khawaja AJ Finch
    2nd 32 GJ Maxwell AJ Finch
    3rd 44* SE Marsh AJ Finch
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    Summary

    Sports Event
    2nd ODI Australia vs Pakistan

    Location

    Sharjah Cricket Stadium,
    Sharjah,Sharjah,UAE
    Starting on
    Mar 24, 2019
    Ending on
    Mar 24, 2019
    Description
    Australia tour of United Arab Emirates, 2nd ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Mar 24, 2019.

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