Pakistan chase down the highest target against Australia
CRICDOT DESK : Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq’s twin centuries helped Pakistan win history. Chasing a huge target of 349 runs against Australia, Pakistan won by 6 wickets with 6 balls in hand.
Captain Babar Azam scored 114 off 63 balls in Pakistan’s victory. Imam-ul-Haq scored 108 off 96 balls. This is the best win for Pakistan in ODI cricket. Earlier, they won the match against Bangladesh by chasing a maximum of 329 runs.
Pakistan are facing a lot of criticism after losing the Test series at home against Australia. The team, drawn in Rawalpindi and Karachi, lost the Lahore Test 1-0 in the series. After losing the first match of the ODI series after the Test, the team led by Babar Azam was in danger of losing the series.
The Harley series is out of hand. If you win, return to the series. Even in such a difficult match, Pakistan could not hold Australia to a low score. Australia batted first at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Thursday, losing six wickets and averaging 347 runs.
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan’s two openers, started flying down the hill to save the series. They scored 118 runs in 18.5 overs in the opening over. Fakhar Zaman returned with 6 runs off 64 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
After that, Imam formed an impeccable partnership with captain Babar Azam. He completed his 9th century in the 49th ODI of his career with 6 fours and 3 sixes off 90 balls.
Imamul could not lengthen his innings after the century. He was caught near the border while hitting a six. Before that, Babar made a pair of 111 runs from 92 balls with Azam. Before returning to the dressing room, Imam made 106 off 96 balls with six fours and three sixes.
After Imam’s dismissal, Babar Azam led the team to victory with an average of 80 runs with Mohammad Rizwan. Pakistan needed 40 off 34 balls to win. Babar Azam was out in such a state of play. Earlier, Babar scored his 15th century in the 65th match of his ODI career. Babur returned with 114 runs off 73 balls with 11 fours and a six off 309 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan could not bat responsibly after Babar Azam was dismissed. The wicketkeeper-batsman returned with a catch while hitting the boundary.
After the dismissals of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah along with Iftekhar ensured the victory of the team.
Pakistan needed 15 runs from the last 12 balls to win. Khushdil (26 *) secured the victory by scoring 16 runs in the sixes and two fours in the 49th over by Nathan Ellis.