Australia continued their domination in the first ODI by defeating Pakistan by 92 runs at the Gabba, Brisbane that ended minutes ago. Australia initially struggled with batting but Matthew Wade’s century helped the hosts to post a 268 runs total. Pakistan was never in the game and was bowled out for 176.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat with David Warner and Travis Head opened the innings. Mohammad Amir picked the wickets of David Warner and Steve Smith in quick succession. Chris Lynn and Travis Head put on 39 quick fire runs in 5 overs. At the end of the first 10 overs, Australia were at 61 for 3. After the powerplay overs, Pakistani spin bowlers did an excellent job with Imad Wasim taking two big wickets of Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh thus leaving Australia in a big trouble at 78 for 5. Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade took some time to settle taking only singles and two’s. At the end of 30 overs, Australia had recovered to score 153 for 5. Soon, Maxwell took on Pakistani bowlers and completed his half-century off 45 balls. He was then dismissed for 60 ending an 82 runs partnership for the 7th wicket. James Faulkner too went cheap leaving Australia in stuck at 170 for 7. Wade and Cummins added 42 runs for the 8th wicket and the former completed his half-century off 65 balls. He then took on the bowlers by playing innovative strokes. He took most of the strikes and completed his century off the final ball to help Australia post 268.
Chasing the target of 269, Pakistan openers Sharjeel Khan and Azhar Ali started off well putting on 38 for the first wicket in 8.1 overs. 3 balls later Azhar Ali retired from the game due to cramps. At the end of first power play overs, Pakistan was at 47 for 1. Mohammad Hafeez was dismissed after the power play overs and Babar Azam and Umar Akmal added 32 runs before Mitchell Starc got the wicket of Umar Akmal. Rizwan and Babar Azam tried their best but Australian bowlers did not give away easy runs. After the fall of Rizwan’s wicket, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 176 in 42.4 overs. The pick of bowlers for Australia was Faulkner and Cummins.
The second match will be played at Melbourne on 15th January.
Australia 268 for 8 in 50 overs(Matthew Wade 100*, Hasan Ali 3/65) beat Pakistan 176 in 42.4 overs(Babar Azam 33, Faulkner 4/32)