Australia vs Pakistan 4th ODI: Warner’s ton seals series for Australia

Warner celebrates after scoring his 12th ODI century

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David Warner smashed a brilliant 130 as Australia crushed Pakistan by 86 runs in the fourth ODI in Sydney and took an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Warner has now scored five ODI centuries this season, which is the joint-most by an Australian batsman as Matthew Hayden also achieved the feat in the span of 25 ODIs in 2006/07.

It was also Warner’s 12th ODI hundred and he became the third-fastest batsman in terms of innings needed to reach the milestone as he took just 90 to do so. Only South Africa’s Hashim Amla and India’s Virat Kohli are ahead of him with 81 and 83 innings respectively.

Choosing to bat first, Australia made a fabulous start to their innings as Warner and Usman Khawaja amassed a 92-run partnership, during which Warner flew past his half-century, before Khawaja was caught behind off the bowling of Hasan Ali for 30.

Warner and captain Steve Smith kept the runs flowing with a 120-run stand, during which Warner rocketed past his century, before his entertaining innings came to an end when he was also caught behind off the bowling of Hasan for 130, which came off 119 balls and included 11 boundaries and two sixes.

Hasan struck again two balls later as he trapped Smith lbw just one agonising run short of his fifty.

Despite being dealt two quick blows, Australia continued to take the attack to Pakistan in the form of a 100-run partnership between Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell.

Head went past his fifty, but he was unable to convert it into a bigger score as he was dismissed by Mohammad Amir for 51, which came off 36 balls and included two boundaries and four sixes.

Head made his fourth ODI half-century

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Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade could only make five runs, while Maxwell ended up scoring 78 off 44 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six, as Australia finished on 353/6, their highest score in an ODI against Pakistan, off their 50 overs.

Maxwell scored his 15th ODI fifty

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Hasan was easily the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Amir chipped in with one.

Hasan finished with career-best figures of 5-52 off his 10 overs

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Chasing 354 to win, Pakistan lost captain Azhar Ali early on, but recovered through Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan’s 73-run stand.

Azam went on to make 31, while Sharjeel was sent packing by Adam Zampa not long after for 74, which came off 47 balls and included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik made encouraging starts to their innings, but were unable to convert it into bigger scores as they were dismissed for 40 and 47 respectively.

With the lower order failing to offer much resistance, Australia ended up bowling Pakistan out for 267.

Zampa and Josh Hazlewood took three wickets apiece, while Head snapped up two and Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins claimed one wicket each.

Azhar was disappointed to have lost the crucial match, and said: “Always tough to chase 354. In the field we missed the opportunities. It was below par, and that allowed Australia to score that amount of runs. David Warner started well. If we would have held our chances, we would have restricted them to less.

“It was a good pitch, 300 was chaseable. Against the new ball is the best way to score runs. Around 300 was chaseable, we leaked too many runs in the first half. We have a lot to play for Adelaide. We will come hard, try to win the game, and finish the series on a high.”

Smith was delighted to have wrapped up the series, and said: “Yeah, it was a good performance. We started well with the bat. David Warner was outstanding with the bat, Maxwell was outstanding, as was Head. The bowlers then backed it up. The wicket did not change much. Probably winning four tosses at a wrong time, I hope I have some luck in India as well. Australia Day is an exciting time of the year; that was almost a complete package barring a couple of errors in the field. Hopefully, we can back it up on Australia Day.”

Warner was named Man of the Match, and said: “It’s the home crowd, absolutely love playing here. I was quite slow tonight, but it’s always special to put the boys in a great position. I probably made the catch look better. It is always good to take a great catch in the outfield.”

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