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Pakistan vs Australia, 1st ODI at Sharjah, Mar 22 2019, Pakistan v Australia

1st ODI (D/N), Sharjah, March 22, 2019, Pakistan v Australia
(49/50 ov, T:281) 281/2

Australia won by 8 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
116 (135)
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Comms: Andrew 'Gnasher' McGlashan
Scorecard summary
Pakistan 280/5(50 overs)
101* (115)
48 (50)
1/38 (10)
Australia 281/2(49 overs)
116 (135)
1/44 (10)
91* (102)
1/50 (9)
end of over 4910 runs
AUS: 281/2CRR: 5.73 
Shaun Marsh91 (102b 4x4 2x6)
Peter Handscomb30 (27b 2x4)
Mohammad Amir 9-0-59-0
Faheem Ashraf 9-0-50-1

Australia win by eight wickets and that's four wins in a row now. A very efficient run chase, led by Aaron Finch's century which Shaun Marsh supporting him well. It never really looked in doubt from a long way out. Earlier, Australia's spinners did a very good job on a slow surface as Pakistan never really got away from them with the bat. Haris Sohail made a good hundred, and there was a bit of a dart in the final five overs, but there was a lack of power for much of the innings. Australia's one-day momentum continues to build nicely. Who'd have thought it a month ago? There are four more matches in this series, the next of them on Sunday so it's a quick turnaround.

Shoaib Malik "Early strikes were missing from our side. Must say the way Finch and Marsh batted, they controlled the innings and took it deep. You can always make things better, we gave away some extra singles when batsmen are set. A few areas to improve. I would like to congratulate Haris on scoring a hundred coming back from injury. A great sign for Pakistan cricket."

Aaron Finch (who is also Man of the Match) "It was to chase down that total, was pretty daunting but it played really well in the second half. Nice to hit a few in the middle. I think doing it two-down was a real positive for us. There's a been a few times recently where it might have got to 6 or 7 down. The way Shaun played was a huge bonus to take the pressure off me. Just great to get the win. There's still room for improvement but nice to get four wins in a row. Nice that people are seeing the rewards for some hard work."

That just about wraps things up for today. Thanks for staying with us during the earlier problems. We'll be back on Sunday. Until then, from Gnasher and Alex, it's goodbye.

Amir to Marsh, 2 runs

and that's the victory! A full toss is clipped out to deep midwicket. They scamper back for the second, Handscomb brings the dive out

Amir to Marsh, FOUR runs

short of a length, goes for the pull and gets a big top edge which flies back over the keeper...just two needed now

Amir to Handscomb, 1 run

back of a length outside off, pushed into the covers without any real timing...they are doing it in singles

Amir to Marsh, 1 run

goes for the yorker, it's a low full toss, just a single out to deep midwicket

Amir to Handscomb, 1 run

full outside off, Handscomb in a very odd position as he fetches it down to long leg

Amir to Marsh, 1 run

short outside off, Marsh is almost through his shot too early and lobs it down the ground to long-off

end of over 488 runs
AUS: 271/2CRR: 5.64 RRR: 5.00
Shaun Marsh83 (98b 3x4 2x6)
Peter Handscomb28 (25b 2x4)
Faheem Ashraf 9-0-50-1
Mohammad Abbas 10-0-44-1
Faheem to Marsh, 1 run

big full toss on the pads, swung to deep midwicket

Faheem to Handscomb, 1 run

short of a length outside off, driven into the covers

Faheem to Marsh, 1 run

back of a length outside off, hammered to long-off

Faheem to Marsh, 1 wide

poor ball, full down the leg side...Rizwan suggests it clipped the pad. Nope, missed everything

Zeeshan: "Gnasher couldnt watch the whole match but was batting underlights easy than at day time..i think bowl is coming onto the bat nicely." Perhaps a little, yes

Faheem to Handscomb, 1 run

big full toss, again Handscomb moving outside leg, driven to deep cover

Faheem to Handscomb, 2 runs

follows the batsman as he moves outside leg, shovelled into the leg side and sluggish fielding allows a second

Faheem to Marsh, 1 run

full outside leg stump, clubbed on the bounce to deep midwicket

end of over 476 runs
AUS: 263/2CRR: 5.59 RRR: 6.00
Peter Handscomb24 (22b 2x4)
Shaun Marsh80 (95b 3x4 2x6)
Mohammad Abbas 10-0-44-1
Faheem Ashraf 8-0-42-1

Ghalib: "To all the cricket fans who still watching this match... Believe me next 4 matches will not be different from this one." That's, urm, something to look forward to

Abbas to Handscomb, no run

back of a length slower ball, Handscomb leans back, trying to give himself some room, drives to point

Abbas to Handscomb, 2 runs

fuller, at the stumps, heaved through midwicket, long-on is able to get around

Abbas to Handscomb, 2 runs

uses his feet, walks at the bowler, then clips through square leg

Abbas to Handscomb, no run

can't get this past cover

Abbas to Handscomb, no run

back of a length at off stump, slower ball, played to point

Abbas to Handscomb, 2 runs

full and straight, sweetly driven straight down the ground to bisect long-off and long-on

end of over 469 runs
AUS: 257/2CRR: 5.58 RRR: 6.00
Peter Handscomb18 (16b 2x4)
Shaun Marsh80 (95b 3x4 2x6)
Faheem Ashraf 8-0-42-1
Mohammad Abbas 9-0-38-1
Faheem to Handscomb, 1 run

back of a length, angled in, takes a thickish outside edge to long leg

Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 4116
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45
Match days22 March 2019 - daynight (50-over match)
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