Finch, Maxwell, Cummins Zampa shine as AUS seal series against PAK

Faf du Plessis is one of those who has previously been found guilty of ball-tampering
Faf du Plessis is one of those who has previously been found guilty of ball-tampering
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30 March, 2019

The middle order proved much more hard to remove than the top but the designated hosts' response never looked like a match-winning one and their hopes of salvaging a victory effectively went when Jason Behrendorff ended a stand of 53 between Imad (43) and Umar Akmal (36) by removing the latter. "Every time we go on to the field, we go there to win for Pakistan", Arthur said.

Pakistan will face Australia for their fourth ODI in Dubai on March 29.

Any Australia captain would expect to be sternly tested in a year that features a Cricket World Cup and an Ashes series, but Aaron Finch and Tim Paine are set to face particularly challenging examinations of their leadership credentials as they prepare to welcome Steve Smith and David Warner back to the global fold.

"We're playing spin a lot better than we have in the past and that is an improvement".

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.

Pakistan, who played without six senior players including regular captain Sarfraz Ahmed, need to up their game on Wednesday in order to stop Australia from taking the series.

Earlier, Australia stuttered to 20-2 after unusual rain in Abu Dhabi delayed the start of the match by 15 minutes.

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Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara holds the record of most successive hundreds with four while nine other batsmen have struck three consecutive hundreds in ODI cricket.

Finch hit centuries in each of Australia's victories in Sharjah and, though he did not reach three figures on this occasion, it was the captain who once more made the key contribution.

Maxwell, 71 with eight boundaries and a six, gave the total its final touches.

However, Finch, fresh off the two tons in the first two ODIs, added 84 for the third wicket with Peter Handscomb (47) to help his team recover.

Pakistan included Shinwari and Junaid in place of Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Abbas.

Cummins and Behrendorff have been called up at the expense of Jhye Richardson, who has returned home after dislocating a shoulder in the second ODI, and Nathan Coulter-Nile.


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