Third ODI: Australia restrict Pakistan to 263/7

Third ODI: Australia restrict Pakistan to 263/7 |

PERTH – Some smart bowling by Australian fast bowlers and a mild batting collapse at the end restrict Pakistan to 263/7 in the third ODI of the five-match series at WACA, Perth.

Australian skipper Steve Smith won the 3rd consecutive toss of the series but this he opted to bowl first, citing the extra pace and bounce in the wicket.

Pakistan lost Hafeez early in the innings, but Sharjil Khan (50) and Babar Azam built the innings.

After Sharjil, Pakistan also lost Shafiq(5), Babar Azam made another 63-run stand with Shoaib Malik (39), before his dismissal.

In the meantime, he became the joint-fastest to 1000 ODI runs during his 84. But the pressure of being unable to score quickly towards the end got him to play a big shot.

After his dismissal, Umar Akmal (39) and Imad Wasim (9) also fell quickly, putting a halt on run scoring.

Australian pacers kept their lines tight, giving way no room to batsmen, resultantly restricted Pakistan to a chasable total of 263/7.

Josh Hazlewood bowled brilliantly for his 10 overs, picking 3 wickets for 32 runs.

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