It was a relief to see Pakistani youngsters finally shining against Australia in the fourth ODI but unfortunately the happiness couldn’t last longer as Pakistan lost the match by just 6 runs. The middle order shattered all hopes of an easy win and what happened looked completely unbelievable.
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1st Innings: Maxwell powers Australian innings
In the beginning, Finch and Khawaja looked quite good and it was expected that Australia might score a colossal total today but young gun Muhammad Husnain caught Australian captain Aaron Finch on 39 and things changed from there on. The next few wickets fell quickly courtesy Imad Wasim’s deceiving deliveries. Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Stoinis all lost their wickets in rapid succession.
Glenn Maxwell misses out on his century by 2 runs as Australia finish on 277/7
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) March 29, 2019
Khawaja did manage to score 62 but got unlucky at an odd time. It was then power hitter Glenn Maxwell who took the innings forward along with Alex Carey, together they put up a partnership of more than 150 runs. This helped Australia put up 277 on board against Pakistan.
2nd Innings: Pakistan’s pathetic fallout
When the chase for Pakistan began, fans got a sudden shock as Shan Masood got out on a golden duck. He fell into the trap of Coulter Nile. Haris Sohail could just score 25 but it was debutant Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan who became the real heroes of the match. Although the job was made easy by Abid and Rizwan but the middle order toppled badly pushing Pakistan towards an embarrassing defeat by 6 runs. It was Stoinis and Zampa who abolished all dreams!
Debutant Abid Ali stuns with his performance
Abid Ali proved that he richly deserved a chance in the national team. Scoring 100 in the debut match is no small feat but for the immensely talented Abid Ali, everything seemed rather easy. He played the most experienced Australian bowlers with such class that spectators were stunned, one could not help but imagine where had PCB hidden this gem.
Abid Ali brings up a century on debut! 💯🙌
— ICC (@ICC) March 29, 2019
Abid batted for more than 35 overs and ensured a comprehensive win for his team. It was ultimately Zampa who caught him and Abid lost his wicket at 112 after playing 119 deliveries and everything changed from there on.
Even Muhammad Rizwan’s 100 could not save the match for Pakistan and Stoinis’s terrific last over broke all hopes of a win against Australia.
Moment of the Match
Abid Ali’s wicket by Zampa was the major turning point for both the teams.
Man of the Match
Glenn Maxwell became Man of the Match.
The fifth ODI of the series is scheduled on 31st March in Dubai.