Latif and Hameed crush Australia's spirits
Pakistan A 335 for 4 (Khalid Latif 142*, Hameed 108, Naved Latif 66) beat Australia A 331 for 9 (Rogers 112, Ronchi 67, Voges 58, Amjad 5-50) by six wickets
Khalid Latif scored an unbeaten 142 to drive Pakistan A past the target of 332 and secure a 3-0 series cleansweep over Australia A at Lahore. Latif set up the victory with a 203-run second-wicket partnership with Yasir Hameed, who made his second century of the one-day series as the Australia bowlers struggled to have any impact.
Latif opened the innings and was there as the winning runs were struck with 16 balls to spare. His 142 came off 130 balls but it was his collaboration with Hameed that disheartened the visitors. Hameed belted 15 fours and a six in his 108 - the same score he made in the first match - and when he was finally removed by Dan Cullen Pakistan were sitting on a healthy 207 for 2.
Cullen snared a return catch off Faisal Iqbal two balls later to lift Australia's spirits but Naved Latif soon joined the fun, hammering four sixes in his 41-ball 66 to take Pakistan to the brink of victory. Cullen and Jason Gillespie were the most economical bowlers, while Cullen Bailey's seven overs leaked 79.
Chris Rogers had given Australia a good chance of securing their first win when he and Luke Ronchi made Pakistan's decision to field look questionable. The opening pair added a quick 111 before Ronchi fell for 67 from 45 balls, becoming the first of Mansoor Amjad's five wickets.
Rogers, who is not renowned as a one-day player, built a healthy 112 from 101 deliveries and had handy support from his Western Australian team-mate Adam Voges (58). Amjad, however, troubled the lower order and finished with 5 for 50 as Australia moved to 331 for 9 from their 50 overs.
The series continues with two four-day matches at Faisalabad and Lahore. The first game starts on Wednesday, with the second match scheduled for the following week.