|Australia set Pakistan 287-run target in 3rd ODI |
ADELAIDE: Pakistan were given by Australia a difficult target of 287 runs in the third One-day International here at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
Winning the toss, Australia batted first and amassed 286 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 50 overs.
Opener Shuan Marsh and vice-captain Michael Clarke were the main scorers with 83 and 80 runs, respectively while Michael Hussey (49), opener Shane Watson (33) and Cameron White (28) also made significant contributions to their team’s huge total.
Captain Ricky Ponting was the only batsman to be dismissed for a nought.
For Pakistan, seamers Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Umar Gul claimed two wickets each while off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and fast bowler Mohammad Asif took one wicket each.
Australia are already leading the five-match series 2-0 and are looking to win this match and wrap up the series.
The second ODI win margin was Australia’s third greatest winning margin over Pakistan in terms of runs with a 140-run trump.
Australia have a good record at the Adelaide oval , they have won 28 of the 39 One-day Internationals whereas Pakistan have won three of 14.
This is match is very important for Pakistan captain as he is playing his 200th One-day International today.
Australia made one change as Peter Siddle who is out with a sore back and Ryan Harris has replaced him.
Pakistan made two changes: Mohammad Aamer is out with the groin injury, but thankfully Mohammad Asif has recovered from his hand trouble. They also got Fawad Alam in for Shoaib Malik.
Australia: Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Cameron White, Brad Haddin (wk), Nathan Hauritz, Clint McKay, Ryan Harris, Doug Bollinger.
Pakistan: Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf (captain), Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Saeed Ajmal.
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