Babar, Imam power Pakistan to historic ODI series win against Australia

LAHORE: Pakistani skipper Babar Azam starred with a century, while Imam-ul-Haq shone with an unbeaten half-century to power the home side beat Australia in the third ODI and win the historic series, here at Gaddafi Stadium.

Set to chase 211, Pakistan comfortably steered to victory in the 38th over with nine wickets in hands, thanks to the brilliant batting performance by Babar and Imam.

The pair of Babar and Imam bolstered the side to a historic victory and added an unbeaten 190-runs partnership for the second wicket.

Babar top-scored for the side with an unbeaten 105 off 115 balls, laced with 12 boundaries, while Imam remained not-out with his 89 off 100 deliveries including six boundaries and a six.

The left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman, on the other hand, managed to score 17 off 12 balls before making his way back to the pavilion in the fourth over.

For Australia, Nathan Ellis managed to take one wicket.

Australia, after being put in to bat first by the Pakistani skipper Babar, could only manage to score 210 before being bowled out in the 42nd over.

Coming out to bat first, the touring side was off to a poor start as they lost their first three wickets for a mere six runs. The openers Travis Head and Aaron Finch made their way back after bagging a duck, while Marnus Labuschagne could score four.

Following the early trouble, the right-handed middle-order batter Ben McDermott looked to anchor the innings with an important 53-runs partnership with Marcus Stoinis before the latter perished after scoring 19.

Soon after Stoinis’s dismissal, McDermott also made his way back in the 16th over after scoring 36.

The wicket-keeper batter Alex Carey and the all-rounder Cameron Green then chipped in and added 81 runs for the sixth wicket. The duo batted brilliantly with Carey scoring a half-century.

The right-handed batter top-score for the side with 56 off 61 balls with the help of six boundaries and a six, while Green could score 34.

Later, in the innings, Sean Abbott stood up with his crucial 49 off 40 deliveries, laced with six boundaries and a six, while the tail-enders perished after scoring cheaply.

For Pakistan, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Jr starred with three wickets each, while Shaheen Shah Afridi picked up two wickets. Zahid Mehmood and Iftikhar Ahmed, on the other hand, made one scalp each.

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