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Australia Beats Pakistan In Second ODI; Finch Strikes 155


SHARJAH–  Aaron Finch’s unbeatable 155 runs helped Australia to win second ODI with eight wickets win against Pakistan in Sharjah Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Australians comfortably chased 285 runs.

The Australian team is 2-0 up against the Pakistan side led by Shoaib Malik.

Wicket-keeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan’s 115 runs off 126 balls went in vain as the Aussies chased the score in 47.5 overs. The wicketkeeper was well assisted by skipper Shoaib Malik with his 60 off 61.

Opener Usman Khawaja scored 88 runs and Glen Maxwell departed on 19 after a runout.

Meanwhile, for Pakistan, spinner Yasir Shah picked one wicket in the match.

Pakistan, who rested six of their key players including regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in order to keep them fresh for the World Cup starting in UK from May 30, had a poor outing against Australia, who are on a roll after their win in India earlier this month.

Aaron Finch´s 116 off 135 balls helped Australia overhaul the 281-run target in 49 overs on a flat Sharjah stadium pitch.

Finch´s match-winning knock overshadowed Haris Sohail´s maiden ODI hundred (101 not out) which helped Pakistan to 280-5 in their 50 overs.

Pakistan had handed one-day debuts to opener Shan Masood and Mohammad Abbas — who have played 15 and 14 Tests, respectively.

Both teams will come face-to-face in third match in Abu Dhabi on March 27.