Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10.43pm A fifth ODI win in a row for Australia, and Aaron Finch leads from the front once again with a career-best 153 not out as his team equal the record for the highest successful run chase at this ground. The result is eerily similar to that in the first ODI - again, Pakistan were a good 20 to 30 runs short, and Australia cruise home to win by eight wickets.

ABAE: "Letting Aaron Finch bowl 10 overs was a big issue here, let along with economy at which he did" -- Letting him score 153 also didn't help

"The game ebbed and flowed, and our partnership ebbed and flowed a bit too," says Usman Khawaja, who shared in a 209-run stand with Finch. "I got off with a bit of a flow while Finch was struggling to get it away, and then he started middling it. To win the first two games was really important as we know Pakistan are strong in these conditions. When you get a partnership, you have to make it count as it's hard for the new batsman coming in."

"To be honest, I think early strikes in our bowling is what we are lacking," says Shoaib Malik. "Overall, there are positives as we fought until the last ball. We are testing our bench strength. There are youngsters who we are giving chances to. Rizwan has scored runs in that position, and it's a great sign that someone is knocking on the door for the World Cup team. Since we have rested a lot of our players, we are trying other players and these things happen in international cricket, especially when you are playing a big team. Since I have this opportunity, I must also congratulate Finch on back to back hundreds. If an opener scores 150+, it's tough to win that game. Next game, there will be more youngsters in the playing XI. It's not about winning the series, it's about testing our bench strength."

Aaron Finch is the Player of the Match

"On a wicket like that, you can't afford to take it too deep with new batters," says Finch. "When you come in, it's tough to quickly at first. I just wanted to get through Imad. He comes in and challenges the stumps and your pads. It's hard to take a risk off him. I just hung in there as long as I could. Usman has been in good form, and he's getting big runs at an important time. Things are going quite well at the moment, but there are always things to improve."

"He's in good spirits," Finch says of Jhye Richardson, who dislocated his shoulder in the field earlier. "His shoulder popped out a little bit. Unfortunate for the youngster. He'll get home, have some scans and assess the damage."

That's all from your commentary team tonight. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage. Do join us for the third game in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. And don't forget to check out Danyal Rasool's match report on your way out. Until next time, goodbye!

Faheem Ashraf to Finch, 2 leg byes, Finch misses his flick, but the ball pings off his pad and rolls to fine leg. They're back for the second, and that's the game!
Faheem Ashraf to Marsh, 1 run, tip-and-run single, Marsh dead-batting it close on the off side and Finch calling him through
Faheem Ashraf to Finch, 1 run, pushed through mid on, just the one
Faheem Ashraf to Finch, FOUR runs, 150 up for Aaron Finch! He gets there from 141 deliveries, flicking the ball sweetly through square leg. Back to back tons, and a career best
Faheem Ashraf to Finch, SIX runs, spanked straight back down the ground, and Finch equals his highest score in ODI cricket

Tehseen: "Faheem's last over will be surprising. "

47 | 11 Runs | AUS: 271/2 (14 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.76, RRR: 4.66)

  • Aaron Finch142 (139b)
  • Shaun Marsh10 (19b)
  • Mohammad Hasnain9-0-54-0
  • Faheem Ashraf9-0-33-0
Mohammad Hasnain to Finch, 1 run, pitched right up at a shade over 145km/h, and Finch drives straight to cover. They take on Haris Sohail in the position for a single, and Finch wasn't even in the frame as the throw came in ... but again it goes wide!
Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh, 1 run, Marsh is forward and slaps a fluid drive out to the sweeper after Hasnain aims full
Mohammad Hasnain to Finch, 1 run, another reverse swinging yorker at 144.6km/h, but it's dug out down the ground for a single

Usman: "Can Finch retire out? That might spice things up a bit."

Mohammad Hasnain to Finch, SIX runs, this will help! Finch picks up the length early, getting under the ball to swat it in the air and over the leg side boundary
Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh, 1 run, short, and it's pulled just wide of mid on. Haris Sohail is in position there, and he has a shy but misses. There have been a few nervy runs in the last few minutes

Malik has a word with his young bowler at the end of his run-up

Mohammad Hasnain to Finch, 1 run, well bowled! Hasnain slings down a quick yorker at the toes, Finch hurrying to keep it out. That just tailed in through the air as well ...

Sheikh Mudasir: "Aussies trying their best to make the game interesting.."

46 | 5 Runs | AUS: 260/2 (25 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.65, RRR: 6.25)

  • Aaron Finch133 (135b)
  • Shaun Marsh8 (17b)
  • Faheem Ashraf9-0-33-0
  • Mohammad Hasnain8-0-43-0
Faheem Ashraf to Finch, 1 run, pushed down to long on, just the one
Faheem Ashraf to Finch, 2 runs, just short of Yasir in the deep! Finch goes on the attack now, lifting a length ball over the leg side. He doesn't connect well, but that actually saves him as Yasir can't get in off the midwicket boundary in time to catch it - though he stops the boundary
Faheem Ashraf to Marsh, 1 run, in the air, but safe! Marsh looks to pull in the air, but it rushes on to him and loops off the splice ... but falls safely at mid on! If long on had been up, that would have been the simplest of catches

zee: "Pakistan again 25-30 runs short." -- I'm not so sure, this could get tight

Faheem Ashraf to Marsh, no run, Marsh pulls, but it doesn't come onto the bat and he can't beat the infield

Isaac Marshall: "Can someone please explain why Pakistan are so good in UAE T20s and so bad at UAE ODIs? They were great in recent away ODIs and in England and the reason isn't a weakened squad because they were equally bad in the Asia Cup. T20s can't be put down to a good streak because they have whitewashed nearly every touring side at UAE so what is the reason?"

Faheem Ashraf to Finch, 1 run, chipped uppishly into the leg side, and again midwicket cuts it off but they take him on for a quick single. The throw goes wide. And was possibly to the wrong end, as Marsh had hesitated setting off from the other end. A better throw could have made things interesting

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

1st209AJ FinchUT Khawaja
2nd32AJ FinchGJ Maxwell
3rd44SE MarshAJ Finch