Lanning, Bolton lead Australia to 3-0
Australia Women 2 for 190 (Bolton 81*, Lanning 78) beat Pakistan Women 8 for 189 (Abidi 43, Jonassen 3-37) by eight wickets
Nicole Bolton and captain Meg Lanning made fifties as Australia made it 3-0 against Pakistan in the women's ODI series in Brisbane with a game to go. Having restricted the visitors to 8 for 189, Australia took just 33 overs to complete the chase. Lanning lashed 78 off 77 while Bolton was unbeaten on 81 off 93.
The pair put on 135 in 23 overs after Alyssa Healy was run out in the third over, caught short at the non-striker's end as Bolton's drive hit the stumps after brushing the bowler Qanita Jalil's fingers. Lanning shut Pakistan out of the match after that, cracking eight fours while Bolton hit four. Lanning departed in the 26th over with the score on 142 but Alex Blackwell ensured the rest of the chase remained smooth for Australia with an unbeaten 23 off 21.
Pakistan had started steadily after choosing to bat with an opening stand of 41 before Sarah Coyte had Javeria Khan caught behind. Marina Iqbal and Bismah Maroof contributed thirties but left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen broke their partnership on her way to 3 for 37. Nain Abidi made 43 off 52 at No. 4 but did not have too much support down the order. Coyte and Rene Farrell ended with two wickets each.
The fourth and final ODI will be played on August 28 after which the teams will play four T20 internationals.