Aaron Finch smashed another splendid century to see Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the second game of the one-day series in Sharjah on Sunday. Captain Aaron Finch smashed unbeaten 153 runs to see Australia chase down a score of 285 runs set by Pakistan. With this result, Australia have taken 2-0 lead in the one-day series.
In pursuit of 285 runs, Finch added 209 runs with Usman Khuwaja for the opening wicket to see Australia take firm control of the game. Khuwaja also played well and scored 88 off 109 balls with the help of eight boundaries.
Finch was certainly the aggressor in the partnership with Khuwaja and smashed six sixes and eleven fours to register highest individual score for Australia in limited-overs cricket. He previous best was 148 runs against Scotland in Edinburgh in 2013.
On the other hand, Pakistan looked listless and failed to make early inroads with the new-ball. Finch brought his hundred off just 97 balls, making it two centuries in a row. Khuwaja was dismissed in the 36th over of the innings with Australia needing just 76 runs to win the game.
Aaron Finch scored a remarkable knock of 153 runs off 143 balls as Australia outclassed Pakistan by eight wickets.
Earlier in the game, Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. The side was able to register a competitive total courtesy of splendid performances from Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik.
Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan notched up his maiden ton in limited-overs cricket and put on crucial partnerships with Haris Sohail and Shoaib Malik to see Pakistan post 284 runs from their full quota of overs. Rizwan scored 115 runs off 126 balls with the help of eleven fours.
Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood departed early in the innings to see Pakistan reduced to 35 for 2 after 6.1 overs. Haris Sohail worked hard for his runs and eventually departed after scoring 34 runs off 46 balls.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Jhye Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up two wickets to his name. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, off-spinner Nathan Lyon and Aaron Finch picked up three wickets apiece.