The drop diaries

Sharjeel Khan took a catch off the last ball of Australia's innings. Before that he dropped two sitters Cricket Australia

The Sharjeel drops
Of the four reasonably catchable chances put down by Pakistan in this match, Sharjeel Khan spilled two. In the 24th over, Steven Smith chopped down on one wide of off stump off Junaid Khan and Sharjeel, at backward point, moved casually to his right and failed to take the ball cleanly. Then, in the 44th over, he was at long-on when he dropped another off Junaid, this time giving Travis Head a reprieve. Smith added 39 after his life and Head added 23 after his; Sharjeel might have smashed an entertaining 74 off 47 balls in Pakistan's chase, but allowing for the runs he gave up to Smith and Head, you could argue that his net score was 12.

The Hasan drops
The other two (we will discount a very tough diving chance to Azhar Ali, and a searing return chance to Junaid) were dropped by Hasan Ali, both off the bowling of Imad Wasim. In the 33rd over, Hasan was at mid-on when he put down a straightforward chance off David Warner, and in the 39th over he should have got rid of Glenn Maxwell, who had top-edged a sweep to short fine leg. Warner added only 17 after his let-off, but Maxwell plundered a further 70. The mistakes took some of the gloss of Hasan's maiden five-wicket haul. His fifth and final wicket came with the last ball of the 50th over, when Maxwell finally skied a catch that was taken. The catcher? Sharjeel Khan.

The Australian drops
For all of Pakistan's shoddy fielding, one thing they didn't do in this match was drop two in two balls. Australia did. In the 35th over of Pakistan's chase, bowled by Josh Hazlewood, Shoaib Malik miscued a pull off the fast ball and lobbed a chance up towards Usman Khawaja at midwicket. Khawaja was late to throw his hands up above his head and missed the opportunity, seemingly indicating he had lost the ball in the lights. Next ball, Malik slogged Hazlewood down towards long-on, where Head ran in and made good ground but couldn't pouch the chance low to the ground in front of him.

The reverse slog sweep
Maxwell had 1 from six deliveries when he decided to take on Imad in particularly adventurous fashion. Maintaining his grip, with the right hand on the bottom of the handle, Maxwell switched to a left-handed stance and reverse slog-swept Imad with immense power over point (or is that reverse square leg?) for six. From there, Maxwell was away.