Australia dominate Pakistan to win series 5-0
Australia have carried on their one-day international winning rampage, firing a warning shot to their World Cup challengers with their first 5-0 series whitewash abroad in more than a decade. Against an admittedly depleted Pakistan outfit, the reigning 50-over world champions sealed a perfect campaign in the UAE with a complete batting performance to set up a 20-run win in Sunday’s series finale in Dubai.
Usman Khawaja 98 fell narrowly short of a third century in eight innings, before another stunning onslaught from Glenn Maxwell 70 off 33 balls. Aaron Finch 53 off 69 continued his run-fest and Shaun Marsh 61 off 68, applied the finishing touches to see their side post 7-327 – the highest first-innings total of Justin Langer’s coaching tenure.
Khawaja’s strong form sets up an intriguing battle for opening berths at the World Cup ahead of the likely return of David Warner. The left-hander battled the effects of dehydration in sweltering desert temperatures late in his innings, slowing down considerably with a ton in sight.
In his 100th ODI, Maxwell’s maturation as an international batsman was again highlighted as he posted a third successive ODI half-century for the first time in his career to take his series run-tally to 258, he also pitched in with a wicket, taking 1-45 from 10 overs to finish as his side’s most economical bowler.
Player of the series Aaron Finch 53 off 69 continued his run-fest. With scores of 116, 153no, 90, 39 and 53 for a total of 451 runs at 113, Finch’s campaign sits behind only George Bailey (who racked up 478 in six games against India in 2013) among the most prolific bilateral series by an Australian batsman.
Jason Behrendorff was the pick of the bowlers 3-63 off 8 overs.
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