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RESULT
2nd ODI (D/N), Sharjah, March 24, 2019, Pakistan v Australia
(47.5/50 ov, T:285) 285/2

Australia won by 8 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
153* (143) & 1/41
aaron-finch
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Scorecard summary
Pakistan 284/7(50 overs)
Australia 285/2(47.5 overs)
Aaron Finch *153 (143)
Yasir Shah1/60 (10)
Haris Sohail0/18 (4)

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!

47.5
2lb
Faheem 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!

47.4
1
Faheem to Marsh, 1 run

tip-and-run single, Marsh dead-batting it close on the off side and Finch calling him through

47.3
1
Faheem to Finch, 1 run

pushed through mid on, just the one

47.2
4
Faheem 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

47.1
6
Faheem 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. "

end of over 4711 runs
AUS: 271/2CRR: 5.76 RRR: 4.66
Aaron Finch142 (139b 10x4 5x6)
Shaun Marsh10 (19b)
Mohammad Hasnain 9-0-54-0
Faheem Ashraf 9-0-33-0
46.6
1
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!

46.5
1
Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh, 1 run

Marsh is forward and slaps a fluid drive out to the sweeper after Hasnain aims full

46.4
1
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."

46.3
6
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

46.2
1
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

46.1
1
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.."

end of over 465 runs
AUS: 260/2CRR: 5.65 RRR: 6.25
Aaron Finch133 (135b 10x4 4x6)
Shaun Marsh8 (17b)
Faheem Ashraf 9-0-33-0
Mohammad Hasnain 8-0-43-0
45.6
1
Faheem to Finch, 1 run

pushed down to long on, just the one

45.5
2
Faheem 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

45.4
1
Faheem 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

45.3
Faheem 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?"

45.2
1
Faheem 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

45.1
Faheem to Finch, no run

seaming in off a length, and Finch can't get it past midwicket

Five overs to go, Australia need a run a ball

end of over 454 runs
AUS: 255/2CRR: 5.66 RRR: 6.00
Shaun Marsh7 (15b)
Aaron Finch129 (131b 10x4 4x6)
Mohammad Hasnain 8-0-43-0
Faheem Ashraf 8-0-28-0
44.6
Mohammad Hasnain to Marsh, no run

direct hit would have had him! Marsh taps to point and sets off. Finch sends him back, but he's slow to turn, and had the throw been accurate, he would have been out. Tough chance, just the one stump to aim at for Imam

44.5
1
Mohammad Hasnain to Finch, 1 run

Hasnain targets the stumps at almost 139km/h, Finch finding a single with a bottom-handed push into the leg side

44.4
Mohammad Hasnain to Finch, no run

beaten on the back foot outside off stump. Finch just swished inside it, and he's upset with himself

Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Series
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
Australia
Aaron Finch
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 4117
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 days24 March 2019 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Mohammad Hasnain
Mohammad Hasnain
List A debut
Mohammad Hasnain
Mohammad Hasnain
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Kumar Dharmasena
Pakistan
Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
England
Michael Gough
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan
Rashid Riaz
Match Referee
New Zealand
Jeff Crowe