Pakistan did in the second ODI what was almost unthinkable for a side with their kind of melting proclivity.
Set a mammoth 349-run target, their top order clicked beautifully, with 1st ODI centurion Imam-ul-Haq repeating the trick with another ton, while Babar top scored with a 114. Fakhar Zaman’s 67 up top can also not be forgotten.
Their bowlers were again ordinary and struggled to contain runs. The two part-time spinners, Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed, were the biggest culprits, with both conceding runs at the rate of almost 10 an over. But then spin specialist Zahid Mahmood fared little better, with figures of 71-1. Fortunately for them, the Babar-led batting unit covered up for them later.
Pakistan’s win sets the series up for this interesting finale.
The Men in Green are currently eighth in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League standings whereas Australia are fourth.
Australian batters did nothing wrong in the second ODI as evident in their giant total of 348 but their bowlers were ineffective.
Pretty much everyone leaked runs but Sean Abbott was the worst of them all, conceding 74 runs in his nine overs.
Zampa, who had bowled so well in the opening ODI win, still picked up a pair of wickets but conceded 71 in his quota of 10.
It was Australia’s first loss against Pakistan after 16 consecutive wins in all formats. The Aussies would want to start a fresh spree immediately as any delays would see them surrender this series.