Pakistan snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory

2014-10-13 00:00

PAKISTAN snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory, losing by one runs to Australia in the third and final One-Day International in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The hosts kept the spectators on the edge their seats for losing wickets at regular intervals after a solid start, with 154 for three on the board with Asad Shafiq and Sohaib Maqsood in full swing.

But five wickets fell for 54 runs, and Australia looked good for a series whitewash.

However, Zulfiqur Babar and Sohail Tanveer saw their team to within two runs of with four deliveries remaining, before Tanveer swung across the line to be bowled by Glenn Maxwell.

Number 11 Mohammad Irfan blocked the first ball he received but failed to make contact with the next two. He skied the final delivery and presented an easy catch to an ecstatic James Faulkner fielding in the covers.

Maxwell finished with 2-41.

Pakistan’s attack kept Australia in check as the visitors could only muster 231 for nine after opting to bat.

David Warner and Steve Smith consolidated with a 54-run stand for the second wickets after the loss of Aaron Finch for 18.

But when Warner departed for 56 with the score on 102, Smith fought a lone battle, losing partners at regular intervals.

Smith reached his maiden ODI half-century, having recorded his maiden ton a couple of games ago in Sharjah, but was eventually cleaned up by Sohail Tanveer for 77.

Tanveer finished with 3-40 off his 10 overs. Pakistan’s captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, is sitting out the dead rubber after a poor run and losing the series 2-0. Shahid Afridi is taking the reins for the day.

The hosts made no fewer than four changes, also omitting Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal and Raza Hasan. Their replacements are Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood and Sohail Tanveer.

Australia have rested Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon and are giving Mitchell Starc and Phil Hughes a run.

Scores in brief: Australia 231-9 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 77, David Warner 56; Sohail Tanvir 3-40) v Pakistan 230 all out in 50 overs (Asad Shafiq 50).

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