BRISBANE – Brilliant batting by Mathew Wade dragged Australia to 268/ in the first of the five-match ODI series on Friday at the Gabba Cricket Ground, Brisbane.
Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim led the attack as Pakistan made early inroads to reduce Australia to 78 for five in 16.2 overs.
Earlier, Australia skipper, after winning the toss and deciding to bat first, started their innings in a predictable aggressive style but Pakistan bowlers continued to bowl in the right areas, resulting in breakthroughs in regular intervals.
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.
Maxwell, who was making his comeback, played some brave and nice shots to reach to his fifty in 57 balls. A 50 well deserved and in the right time. Wade (28*) is giving him all the needed support.
The duo added 75 valuable runs to the total in just 14 overs before Maxwell chipped one from Hasan to short midwicket. He went for 60.
Mathew Wade fought very hard till the last over, completed his maiden hundred and took Australia to 268/9.