Pakistan vs Australia 1st ODI: Finch, Marsh lead the way as Australia crush Pakistan

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Aaron Finch (right) celebrates after bringing up his 12th ODI century

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Captain Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh scored 116 and 91 not out respectively as Australia cruised to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the first ODI in Sharjah.

However, Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail deserves a lot of credit for his career-best knock of 101 not out.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq in the ninth over as he was caught and bowled by Nathan Lyon for 17.

Debutant Shan Masood and Haris added 43 runs to the score before Masood was clean bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile for 40.

Haris and Umar Akmal kept the runs flowing with a 98-run partnership before Akmal was caught by Finch off the bowling of Coulter-Nile for 48.

Pakistan stand-in skipper Shoaib Malik fell shortly after, but Haris and Faheem Ashraf steadied things with a 57-run stand before Faheem was dismissed by Jhye Richardson for 28.

With Haris going on to score 101, which came off 115 balls and included six boundaries, and Imad Wasim hammering a 13-ball 28, Pakistan finished on 280/5.

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Haris Sohail (left) is all smiles after bringing up his maiden ODI hundred

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Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Richardson, Lyon and Glenn Maxwell chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 281 to win, Australia got off to a strong start as Finch and Usman Khawaja amassed a 63-run partnership before Khawaja was caught by Malik at mid-on off the bowling of Faheem for 24.

Finch and Marsh kept the scoreboard ticking with a 172-run stand before Finch was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Mohammad Abbas for 116, which came off 135 balls and included eight boundaries and four sixes.

Marsh and Peter Handscomb mopped up the remaining runs for Australia, who went on to win with an over to spare.

Marsh finished on 91, which came off 102 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes, while Handscomb remained undefeated on 30, which came off 27 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Faheem and Abbas claimed one wicket each.

Finch was named Man of the Match.

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