Ton-up Babar and Haq punish Australia in Pakistan’s highest ODI chase


Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq (R) celebrates with teammate Babar Azam (L) after scoring a century (100 runs) throughout the second one one-day world (ODI) cricket tournament between Pakistan and Australia on the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 31, 2022. — AFP

LAHORE: Skipper Babar Azam and opener Imam-ul-Haq smashed sensible centuries to assist Pakistan pull off their absolute best ODI run-chase in a six-wicket overcome Australia in Lahore on Thursday.

Azam hit an 83-ball 114 and Haq notched a 97-ball 106 as Pakistan chased down a stiff 349-run goal with six balls to spare to stage the three-match sequence at 1-1.

Ben McDermott cracked a maiden ODI hundred in Australia’s enforcing overall of 348-8 on a flat Gaddafi Stadium pitch.

The victory is Pakistan’s first over Australia since Melbourne in January 2017. In between, that they had misplaced 10 consecutive one-day internationals.

Pakistan’s win units up an intriguing ultimate tournament on the similar venue on Saturday. Australia received the primary tournament through 88 runs on Tuesday, additionally in Lahore.

Haq, who hit six obstacles and 3 sixes, placed on a strong 118-run opening stand with Fakhar Zaman (67) off 111 balls to set the platform for the chase.

Zaman smashed seven obstacles and two sixes throughout his 64-ball knock earlier than he was once bowled through Marcus Stoinis.

Undeterred, Haq finished his 9th hundred off 90 balls earlier than he holed out at long-off in spinner Adam Zampa’s thirty fifth over.

Haq added 111 for the second one wicket with Azam off 92 balls.

Azam reached his fifteenth ODI century with a unmarried off Cameron Inexperienced, attaining the mark off 73 balls. He added 80 for the 3rd wicket with Mohammad Rizwan earlier than he was once stuck off Nathan Ellis with 40 wanted off 34 balls.

When Rizwan fell for 23, Pakistan nonetheless wanted 32 however Khushdil Shah cracked 27 no longer out with two fours and as many sixes and Iftikhar (8 no longer out) noticed off the objective in 49 overs.

Pakistan’s earlier absolute best ODI chase was once 327 completed in opposition to Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2014.

Previous, McDermott scored 104 off 108 balls in best his fourth ODI, whilst Travis Head struck 89 and Marnus Labuschagne hit 59 after Australia had been despatched in to bat in to bat.

All-rounder Stoinis added the completion with a quickfire 49, with 5 obstacles and a six.

Tempo spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi — who ignored Pakistan’s 88-run defeat within the first ODI with a knee damage — gave the house aspect a step forward off the 3rd ball of the innings when he trapped Aaron Finch leg-before with out scoring.

However Australia scored at will after that with McDermott and Head including 162 off 144 balls for the second one wicket, hitting obstacles conveniently.

Head, who scored 101 on Tuesday, smashed 5 sixes and 6 fours earlier than miscuing a sweep off leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, being stuck through Shaheen at quick fine-leg.

McDermott added every other 74 with Labuschagne, and throughout that stand hit spinner Khushdil over long-off boundary for 6 to finish a century off 102 balls.

He was once in spite of everything stuck off pacer Mohammad Wasim.

Regardless of Alex Carey and Cameron Inexperienced falling for 5 every, Sean Abbott chipped in with a 16-ball 28 to spice up the entire.

Shaheen completed with 4-63 and Wasim took 2-56, however Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil conceded 95 runs in ten overs between them.


Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-Ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Saud Shakeel

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Inexperienced, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben McDermott, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)

TV umpire: Asif Yaqoob (PAK)

Fit referee: Muhammad Javed Malik (PAK)

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