Pakistan set a target of 264 runs for Australia in the third ODI

Pakistan set a target of 264 runs for Australia in the third ODI
Babar Azam plays a straight drive

Pakistan reached to a total of 263/7 runs at the WACA, with the courtesy of Babar Azam’s brilliant inning of 84 runs off 100 deliveries and a quickfire half-century from Sharjeel Khan.

Steve Smith won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first at a pacy and bouncy track of the WACA.

Pakistan once again failed to capitalise the platform set by their top order batsmen. Sharjeel Khan started off the inning in his typical fashion, where he took on the Aussie bowlers from the word go. He scored three 4’s and a six in Billy Stankale’s over that put the opposition under pressure.

However, the hosts made a comeback by removing Mohammad Hafeez on an individual score of 4 runs and by bowling a tight line to Sharjeel Khan.

The left-handed opener reached his half-century in 47 balls and soon after that, he dragged one on to his stumps off Travis Head. He struck one 6 and eight 4’s in his blistering inning. He had a handy partnership of 49 runs with Babar Azam.

Asad Shafiq replaced Sharjeel at the crease, but, the Test superstar of Pakistan once again failed to create an impact in the 50-over format and lost his wicket after making 10 runs.

Pakistan were 99/3 when Shoaib Malik came out to bat. He had a stable partnership with Babar Azam of 61 runs. Malik got out caught behind on 39 runs off Billy Stanlake’s delivery.

Umar Akmal and Babar Azam took over the charge and contributed 60 runs together, but at slightly slower rate of 5.14 runs per over.

Azam was looking good and it required a special catch from Peter Handscomb to dismiss him. He scored 84 off 100 deliveries before getting caught in the deep by the debutante, who dived forward to take an excellent catch. He hit four 4’s and a six.

After the departure of Azam, Umar Akmal took the role of aggressor and struck an absolute amazing six of James Faulkner, however, he could not convert his another good start into a big inning. He managed 39 runs off 51 deliveries with the help of a six and a four.

Pakistan were looking promising till 40th over to score at least 275 runs, but slow run-scoring and quick wickets at the end of the inning restricted the visitors to only 263 runs.