MELBOURNE – Eighth in the ODI ranking, Pakistan stun World No.1 Australia by 6 wickets n the second ODI of the five-match series here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
Australia skipper Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat first. But some excellent bowling by Junaid and Amir early on, and then by Imad Wasim and Hafeez, never allowed Aussies to play their shots with freedom.
Both openers, Usman Khawaja and David Warner, were picked up by Junaid Khan in quick successions.
Mohammad Amir also came to the party and sent Mitchell Marsh to the pavilion for naught, leaving Australia at 41/3.
Skipper Steve Smith and Travis Head then built up a partnership of 45 runs, but Travis Head was ultimately dismissed by Hasan Ali for 29 and Australia were 86/4 in 17.2 overs.
Steve Smith (60) and Mathew Wade (34) chipped for some time, trying to build a partnership, but the duo returned to the dugout as soon as they started to take charge.
Lower middle order could not resist fiery pace attack of Pakistan and Australia were eventually all out for 220 runs in 28.3 overs.
Mohammad Amir took 3 for 47, while Junaid and Imad both took 2 wickets each for 40 and 37 runs respectively.
Earlier, Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat in the second of five ODIs.
Pakistan are missing captain Azhar Ali, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first ODI in Brisbane on Friday.
He has been replaced by Asad Shafiq. Mohammad Hafeez will captain the team in Azhar’s absence.
In other changes, Shoaib Malik and Junaid Khan come in for Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Nawaz.
Australia have made two changes to the side that beat Pakistan on Friday.
Chris Lynn is out with a neck injury and has been replaced by Usman Khawaja and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood comes in for Billy Stanlake. –