Pakistan vs Australia 5th ODI: Maxwell’s blitz helps Australia whitewash Pakistan

Glenn Maxwell 70 Pakistan Australia 5th ODI Dubai cricket

Glenn Maxwell smashed 10 boundaries and three sixes during his quickfire knock of 70

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Glenn Maxwell hammered a 33-ball 70 as Australia defeated Pakistan by 20 runs in the fifth ODI in Dubai and completed a 5-0 series whitewash.

Being put in to bat first, Australia got off to a glorious start as captain Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja amassed a 134-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Finch was clean bowled by Usman Khan Shinwari for 53, which came off 69 balls and included two boundaries and two sixes.

Khawaja and Shaun Marsh kept the runs flowing with an 80-run stand, during which Marsh brought up his fifty, before Khawaja was caught by Yasir Shah at midwicket off the bowling of Shinwari for 98, which came off 111 deliveries and included 10 boundaries.

Marsh and Maxwell added 60 runs to the score before Marsh was caught by Abid Ali at mid-off off the bowling of Junaid Khan for a 68-ball 61, which included five boundaries and a six.

Marcus Stoinis fell shortly after, while Maxwell went on to score a 33-ball 70, which included 10 boundaries and three sixes, before he was cleaned up by Junaid.

With Junaid also taking out Alex Carey and Shinwari removing Peter Handscomb, Australia finished on 327/7.

Shinwari was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Junaid chipped in with three.

Chasing 328 to win, Pakistan were dealt a big blow on the third ball as Abid Ali, who made a century on debut in the fourth ODI, was caught behind off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for a golden duck.

Shan Masood and Haris Sohail made up for the loss of Abid with a 108-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before Masood was trapped lbw off the bowling of Adam Zampa for 50, which came off 54 balls and included three boundaries.

Mohammad Rizwan only made 12 before being removed by Maxwell, but Haris and Umar Akmal stabilised the innings with a 102-run stand before Akmal was dismissed by Nathan Lyon for 43.

Sohail went on to make a career-best 130, which came off 129 deliveries and included 11 boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught by Lyon at backward point off the bowling of Kane Richardson.

Haris Sohail 130 Pakistan Australia 5th ODI Dubai cricket

Haris Sohail scored his second ODI century

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Behrendorff sent Saad Ali packing soon after, but even though stand-in captain Imad Wasim smashed a 34-ball 50, which included six boundaries and a six, it was not enough to lead Pakistan to victory as they finished on 307/7 off their 50 overs.

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

Maxwell was named Man of the Match.

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