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Pakistan lose Pak vs Aus 1st ODI with big margin

Pakistan lose Pak vs Aus 1st ODI with big margin

  • Pakistan lost the Pak vs Aus 1st ODI by 88 runs
  • They failed in both departs; bowling and batting

The first ODI of the historic Australia tour of Pakistan took place on Tuesday and the hosts failed to manage losing with a hefty margin of 88 runs. They won the toss and opted to bowl first chasing a wealthy target of 314 runs. However, the men in green failed to reach the feat with all scalps falling on 225 in 45.2 overs.

Australia put a solid start with Travis Head going for a brilliant century. He added 101 off 72 deliveries putting Australia in a handy situation. The score was followed by Aaron Finch’s 23 from 36 balls, and Ben McDermott scored 55 from 70 on his debut. Decent scores from Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, and Cameron Green settled them on 313 sparing three wickets on 300 balls.

Pakistan’s Zahid Mehmood and Haris Rauf were the top wicket-takers from their side picking two apiece conceding 59 and 44 runs, delivering ten and eight overs respectively. Khushdil Shah, at an economy of five in 10 overs, plucked one wicket, whereas Iftikhar Ahmed ended with an economy of six dispatching six overs and getting a single wicket.

After Babar Azam and men stepped onto the field to chase, many hopes were bound from the top-order, which collided eventually. Although Imam ul Haq settled in smashing his eighth ODI ton, Fakhar Zaman could not proceed after 18 striking 100. Azam gradually brought his 50 from 72 balls, however, the rest failed to make notable contributions departing at regular intervals.

Indeed, the match was great for Adam Zampa who bowled with accuracy despite the dew. He picked four wickets in Pak vs Aus 1st ODI. Mitchell Swepson and Travis also contributed with two wickets for each putting no wrong step on the field. No Aussie bowler surpassed an economy of five keeping the situation totally under their control.

It must be noted at one stage, 350 looked certain for the guests, however, they lost the plot after 30th over. Yet, 314 run-chase turned out to be tricky for Pakistan after Imam kept on losing partners. The second ODI will be played on 31st March between the two teams whereas, the final match is scheduled for 2nd April. It will be followed by a tour ending one-off T20I.

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