Australian Captain Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh put Australia 1-0 lead in ODI series against Pakistan. Australia, Pakistan, and Sharjah – history add another page to the proceedings, and it’s the same usual thing, with Pakistan’s otherwise fortress falling short of defending itself. But to their defense, the dew did quicken up the pitch under lights which made it much easier for the Aussies to score on. They were so damn clinical.
Finch, Marsh helped Australia In Clinical Win Over Pakistan In 1st ODI
Finch laid the foundation, announcing a smashing return to form, with none of the Pakistani bowlers being capable enough of doing a Bhuvi. Khawaja started off well, and then Marsh took over, stitching up a no-fuss stand with Finch to get them home with hardly a scare.
The ones that came, weren’t taken, with two fairly simple chances going down. There’s really nothing much to write home about the bowling, with most of them yet to get their ODI patience back from the PSL.
Aaron Finch was the chief architect as he orchestrated the chase with his 12th ODI ton. Finch and Khawaja started off on a quick note before the latter departed. Shaun Marsh joined his skipper and together they stitched a massive partnership worth 172 to take Australia to the brink before Pakistan got a late strike in the form of Finch.
The skipper’s wicket didn’t create any sort of panic with Peter Handscomb being busy in his short stay. While Marsh finished unbeaten on 91, Handscomb did most of the scoring, in the end, making an unbeaten 30 off just 27 deliveries.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan on the back of Haris Sohail’s maiden ton got to 280 for 5. Shan Masood on debut gave a good account of himself while opening the batting before getting castled by Nathan Coulter-Nile. Umar Akmal, in his comeback game, joined forces with Sohail to revive Pakistan’s innings. The duo added 98 before Akmal was sent back to the pavilion for a 50-ball 48 that had three sixes in it.
Even though skipper Shoaib Malik failed to make an impact, allrounders Faheem Ashraf and Imad Wasim made vital contributions at the death with Sohail batting through to complete his ton. A total of 280 seemed to be a match-winning one at the halfway mark, only for Finch to spoil the party and answer his critics in style.
The second ODI is slated to be played on March 24 at the same venue.
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