Australia delivered an all-round performance with bat and ball to complete a clean sweep over Pakistan in the five-match one-day series. The visitors were able to win the final game of the one-day series by 20 runs despite valiant century from Haris Sohail.
With this result, Australia is on an eight-match unbeaten streak in limited-overs cricket after completing 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan.
In pursuit of 328 runs, Haris Sohail smashed second one-day century of the one-day series and smashed 130 runs off 129 balls with the help of eleven fours and three sixes.
Abid Ali failed to repeat his heroics with the bat and was dismissed for a first-ball duck. Opener Shan Masood and Haris Sohail formed 108-run partnership to rebuild the innings. Masood looked good at the crease and notched up a crucial half-century.
Mohammad Rizwan failed to deliver a notable innings and was dismissed in the 23rd over of the innings. Umar Akmal looked positive from the start and added 102 runs with Haris Sohail to keep Pakistan in the hunt to win the game.
Haris Sohail and Umar Akmal departed in a space of few deliveries to see Australia take control of the game. Despite Imad Wasim’s half-century, Pakistan could fell 20 runs short of the target.
Australia beat Pakistan by 20 runs in the fifth and final game of the one-day series played in Dubai on Sunday.
Earlier in the game, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Australia post a mammoth total of 327 runs courtesy of splendid performances from Usman Khuwaja, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch.
Aaron Finch started the innings on a positive note and added 134-run partnership with Usman Khuwaja to lay down for the likes of Marsh and Maxwell. Finch scored 53 off 69 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Khuwaja continued to rotate the strike freely and added 80 runs with Shaun Marsh.
Khuwaja fell two runs short of a well-deserved century and was dismissed in the 39th over of the innings. He scored 98 runs off 111 balls with the help of 10 fours.
Shaun Marsh also found form in this game and smashed 61 runs off 68 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Glenn Maxwell came to the crease and went berserk from the start. He produced a fiery innings of 70 runs off 33 balls. He smashed ten boundaries and three sixes in his innings. It was Maxwell’s blitz that Australia scored 107 runs in their last 10 overs.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Abbas and Junaid Khan conceded a lot of runs in this game. Usman Khan Shinwari was standout performer for Pakistan with four wickets to his name. Imad Wasim also bowled well and failed to take wickets in the game.
With this result, Australia registered their six consecutive one-day series win over Pakistan since 2002. It was also their fourth whitewash over Pakistan in a bilateral one-day series.