Pakistani team continues its bad form in Australia as the side has also lost the first ODI against Australia. Australia after winning the toss got trembled when Muhammad Amir struck David Warner and Steve Smith on two consecutive deliveries. Australian wickets kept falling but on the other end, wicketkeeper batsman Mathew Wade stood firm and played a knock of 100* runs helping Australia to put a total of 268 on board.
Wade’s century included 7 fours and 2 sixes. Glenn Maxwell also played a handy knock of 60 runs off 56 deliveries. Travis Head made 39 while Chris Lynn and Pat Cummins scored 16 and 15 runs respectively. For Pakistan, Hassan Ali took 3 wickets, Muhammad Amir and Imad Wasim sent two Aussies back to pavilion and Muhammad Nawaz took one wicket.
Chasing 269 runs to win, Pakistan got all out in 43rd over with just 176 runs on board and lost the match by 92 runs. Babar Azam remained the top scorer for the side who scored 33 runs in 46 deliveries with 3 fours to his name. Imad Wasim showed a bit of resistance in front of Kangaroos but could only manage 29 runs with a boundary and a maximum. Skipper Azhar Ali made 24 runs only before getting retired hurt.
Pakistan faced same problems in batting yet another time and could not survive the batting collapse in front of Aussies. Australian pacer James Faulkner took 4 wickets while Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc got three and two wickets respectively. Mitchell Marsh also dismissed one Pakistani batsman.
Mathew Wade named as Man of the Match for his handy knock of 100 runs that helped Australia to win the match. Australia now lead the five-match ODI series 1-0. The second ODI game will be played at Melbourne on Sunday 15th January, which will start at 08:30 AM (PST).
If Azhar Ali couldn’t be recovered from his injury, then either Muhammad Hafeez or Shoaib Malik will lead the side for rest of the series. Imad Wasim’s name is also making its way into the ongoing discussions for leading the side. Cricket experts are of the view point that the youngster is bold, sharp and have a strong body language. He should be tested in a perspective so that a captain could be groomed for the near future.