Australia posted a competitive score of 307 runs after Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bowl first. Men in Yellow got off to a fine start as openers Aaron Finch and David Warner were able to hit the ground running. The Australian openers added a fine alliance of 146 runs to lay down the platform.

David Warner played a sedate knock whereas Aaron Finch catapulted his attack from the get-go. Australia had the rub of the green on their side as Pakistan was sloppy in the field. The Pakistan fielders could not grab their chances and Australia made the most of their chances.

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The match went down to the wire.

Meanwhile, Aaron Finch took his attack against Mohammad Hafeez. However, the Australia captain was dismissed against the run of play when he top-edged against Mohammad Amir. Finch scored a fine knock of 82 runs to give a solid start to his team.

On the other hand, David Warner who was under the scanner for his slow knock against India was able to come up with a complete performance. Consequently, Warner scored his 15th ODI hundred and his third consecutive century against Pakistan. In fact, this was Warner’s first hundred after coming back from his ban.

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However, Australia’s middle and lower order could not add the finishing touches to the innings. In fact, all the batsmen got off to start but could not convert the same into a substantial score. Australia could only get 51 runs in their last 10 overs and they lost six wickets to give away the advantage. Mohammad Amir was the pick of the Pakistan bowler as he scalped a five-wicket haul.

On the other hand, Pakistan didn’t get off to a good start as they lost Fakhar Zaman early. Imam-ul-Haq scored a good knock of 53 runs but he was dismissed after reaching his fifty. In fact, Pakistan was strong at 136-2. But they lost their next four wickets for only 24 runs. However, the partnership between Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz kept Pakistan in the game. They added 64 runs in 62 balls before Mitchell Starc accounted for Wahab Riaz.

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