Babar Azam (105*) and Imam-ul-Haq (89*) helped Pakistan beat Australia by nine wickets in Lahore to take the series 2-1, after a brilliant bowling performance helped them bowl out the visitors for 210.
The victory meant Pakistan jumped to eighth in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League table, leapfrogging New Zealand, with 60 points. Australia remain on fourth of the 13-team table, with 70 points after twelve matches.
With the win, Pakistan gained two rating points, maintaining their sixth position on the table with 97 points. Australia, managed to hold on to their third position, but are now only two ahead of the fourth-placed India with 112 rating points.
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first
Put into bat, Australia were rocked early, being 0/2 at one stage. Pakistan picked up wickets at regular intervals before Alex Carey's solid half-century steadied the ship for Australia. His wicket though would lead to a mini-collapse for the visitors, before Sean Abbott's brilliant 49 helped them to a score of 210. For the hosts, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim collected three wickets each.
A sensational knock from Babar Azam ✨— ICC (@ICC) April 2, 2022
A 16th ODI century for the Pakistan skipper!
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Despite losing Fakhar Zaman relatively early, Pakistan then cruised home in the chase courtesy of a mammoth 190-run partnership between skipper Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq. Babar scored the 16th ton of his ODI career while Imam notched up a serene fifty, as Pakistan emerged as 2-1 series victors.
Player of the Match: Babar Azam
The two sides will now compete in a one-off T20I in Lahore on April 5. The match will be a massive opportunity for both sides as preparations heat up for the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia.
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