First ODI: Early wickets give Pakistan slight edge

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BRISBANE – With Mohammad Amir removing David Warner and the captain Steve Smith back to back in 6th over, and then Imad, Hasan giving early breakthroughs, Pakistan have tightened their grip over Australia in the first ODI of the five-match series at the Gabba. 

Australian skipper Smith won the crucial toss and took a straight decision to bat first.

The decision which initially seemed to be justified by looking at the pitch, proved wrong when Pakistan bowlers held to tight lines and took two crucial wickets with just 13 runs on the board.

Mohammad Hafeez who is also making a comeback bowled tight lines and kept Warner under pressure until Amir removed him with beauty.

Smith was next man to depart on nought. The pressure was in Australia, but a couple of untidy overs by Hasan Ali and Wahab brought Aussies in the game before Hasan got Lynn top-edging one to keeper M Rizwan.

Opening partner of Warner, Head played some great shots against Wahab and Hasan Ali, but eventually fell prey to no-spinning one from Imad on 38. Marsh also got out early in a similar fashion, leaving Australia 75/5.

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