Pakistan vs Australia 3rd ODI: Finch, Maxwell power Australia to series win

Aaron Finch 90 Pakistan Australia 3rd ODI Abu Dhabi cricket

Aaron Finch fell 10 runs short of scoring his third consecutive ODI hundred

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Australia captain Aaron Finch and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell scored 90 and 71 respectively as their side defeated Pakistan by 80 runs in the third ODI in Abu Dhabi.

Spinner Adam Zampa and pace bowler Pat Cummins deserve credit as the seven wickets they combined to take also played an instrumental role in handing Australia an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

Choosing to bat first, Australia were dealt a big blow on the sixth ball of the match as opener Usman Khawaja was clean bowled by Usman Khan Shinwari for a duck.

Shaun Marsh only made 14 before he was caught by Shan Masood at square leg off the bowling of Junaid Khan, who was playing his first ODI since November last year.

Finch and Peter Handscomb stabilised the innings with an 84-run partnership before Handscomb was cleaned up by Haris Sohail for 47.

Stoinis was the next to go as he was clean bowled by Imad Wasim for 10 runs.

Finch and Maxwell added 48 runs to the score before Finch was caught by Haris at long-on off the bowling of Yasir Shah for 90, which came off 136 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

Maxwell and Alex Carey kept the runs flowing with a 61-run stand before Maxwell was run out by Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan for 71, which came off 55 deliveries and included eight boundaries and a six.

With Carey going on to score an unbeaten 25, Australia finished on 266/6.

Shinwari, Junaid, Wasim, Yasir and Haris picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 267 to win, Pakistan lost Shan early on as he was caught by Handscomb at slip off the bowling of Cummins for two runs.

Cummins then took out Haris and Rizwan in the space of four balls as Pakistan found themselves in a spot of bother at 16/3.

Imam-ul-Haq and stand-in captain Shoaib Malik steadied things with a 59-run partnership before Imam was trapped lbw off the bowling of Maxwell for 46.

Malik went on to make 32 before he was caught by Handscomb at deep midwicket off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Umar Akmal and Wasim managed to forge a 53-run partnership before Umar was caught by Cummins at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for 36.

Imad ended up making 43 before he was stumped by Carey off the bowling of Zampa.

Zampa then dismissed Shinwari and sent Junaid and Mohammad Hasnain packing in successive deliveries to bowl Pakistan out for 186.

Zampa was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Cummins took three and Behrendorff, Lyon and Maxwell claimed one wicket each.

Cummins was named Man of the Match.

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