An unbeaten 38-ball 56 by Glen Maxwell led Australia to a three-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third One-Day International at Sharjah today.
Maxwell struck four boundaries and three sixes as the Aussies chased down Pakistan’s 244 for 7 in their 50 overs.
Australia reached their less than daunting target in the 47th over.
Australia had slipped to 159 for 5 with the fall of wicketkeeper Matthew Wade’s (22) wicket and looked to be losing the momentum to Pakistan.
Michael Hussey had led Australia’s early charge with 65 off 72 balls that was embellished by seven boundaries and a six. But he was bowled by Junaid Khan in the 45th over as the Aussies neared their target. The momentum at the start of the innings had been provided by his brother David Hussey (43 in 45 balls) and captain Michael Clarke (32 in 34 balls).
But it was Maxwell, in his fourth international, who gave the innings its finishing touch with a calculated attack on the Pakistan bowling.
Once again Saeed Ajmal posed the most problems for Australia with his mix of orthodox spin, top spinners and doosras to take 3 for 37 in nine overs.
Earlier Pakistan’s batting effort was led by the opening pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed.
The two added 129 for the first wicket with Hafeez hitting 78 in 97 balls and Jamshed falling two short of a half-century after facing 75 balls. But none of the other batsmen reached 30 and Pakistan finished on a total that was far fewer that what promised to be closer to 300 in the first half of their innings.
Man-of -the- Series Mitchell Starc was again a thorn in Pakistan’s side with figures of four for 51 while Michael Hussey was named Man- of-the-Match.
Australia took the series 2-1.