Pakistan vs Australia 2nd ODI: Finch’s career-best 153* helps Australia rout Pakistan

Aaron Finch 153 not out Pakistan Australia 2nd ODI Sharjah cricket

Aaron Finch scored his 13th ODI hundred

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Australia captain Aaron Finch scored a career-best 153 not out to lead his side to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the second ODI in Sharjah.

Finch was wells supported by his opening partner Usman Khawaja, who made a fantastic 88.

However, Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan deserves a lot of credit too as he struck a career-best 115.

Choosing to bat first, Pakistan got off to a horrible start as opener Imam-ul-Haq was clean bowled by Jhye Richardson for a duck on the fifth ball of the match.

Richardson, who suffered a dislocated shoulder later on, then proceeded to take out Shan Masood for 19.

Rizwan and Haris Sohail stabilised the innings with a 52-run partnership before Haris was caught behind off the bowling of Finch for 34.

Umar Akmal only made 16 before he was caught by Peter Handscomb off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Rizwan and Pakistan stand-in captain Shoaib Malik steadied things with a 127-run partnership before Malik was dismissed by Adam Zampa for a 61-ball 60, which included three boundaries and a six.

Rizwan went on to score 115, which came off 126 balls and included 11 boundaries, before he was brilliantly caught by Glenn Maxwell off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Mohammad Rizwan 115 Pakistan Australia 2nd ODI Sharjah cricket

Mohammad Rizwan celebrates after scoring his maiden ODI century

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Faheem Ashraf fell shortly after, but with Imad Wasim smashing a quickfire 19, Pakistan finished on 284/7.

Richardson and Coulter-Nile picked up two wickets apiece, while Lyon, Zampa and Finch chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 285 to win, Australia got off to a superb start as Finch and Khawaja forged a 209-run partnership before Khawaja was caught by Imam at deep midwicket off the bowling of Yasir Shah for 88, which came off 109 balls and included eight boundaries.

Maxwell was run out by Haris for 19 soon after, but Finch and Shaun Marsh mopped up the remaining runs to lead Australia to victory with 13 balls to spare.

Finch finished on 153, which came off 143 deliveries and included 11 boundaries and six sixes.

Yasir was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Finch was named Man of the Match.

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