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That is it from this game then. 4 done, 4 won! The Aussies are surely warming up well leading up to the World Cup. They would love to make this a clean sweep and make it 5-0 come Sunday. The match will be played at the same venue. That game will begin at 1500 local (1100 GMT) on the 31st of March. See you then. Take care and cheers!
Aaron Finch, the victorious Australian skipper feels that their composure with the ball was really good. He states that his team knew that getting two new batsmen out in the middle would make it difficult for Pakistan. He reserves praise for both of Pakistan's ton-makers. Has special praise reserved now for his own team's all-round star, Glenn Maxwell by saying that he is a superstar and he tonks the ball a fair distance. Mentions that he is really pleased with the way how they have won the 4 games in different ways, let it be chasing the score or defending one.
Imad Wasim, the Pakistan skipper feels that the Aussies bowled beautifully in the end and that they lacked the power-hitting ability towards the end. He praises both the centurions and says they both are special talents. About the bowling talent, he reckons there is absolutely nothing wrong with the bowling attack except that they went for 25-30 runs more in the end. Signs off by saying that it was an honor to lead the national side and it was hard luck that they ended on the losing side.
Glenn Maxwell is the Man of the Match. He says that he was happy that it was important to put a good partnership along with Carey in today's game as they did not get much chances to bat in the previous games. He feels that his role in the team is defined solidly and he has clarity. Informs us that he along with his team knew that breaking the big partnership (Abid-Rizwan) was the key and that then they could come back into the match.
Coming to the Australian bowling, they always managed to stay in the game despite two good partnerships. They stuck to the plan and when they broke the 144-run stand, they started gnawing their way back into the game. The pick of the bowlers was Nathan Coulter-Nile but take nothing away from the rest who did really well in conditions where the ball was tough to grip due to dew. Thus, in the end, the match ended with a very small margin and it was Australia who finished on the winning side due to holding their nerves better. The presentation ceremony to follow...
The chase began in poor fashion as the first wicket was lost with nothing on the board but Abid Ali who was the other opener played brilliantly on debut. He got support firstly from Haris Sohail who was slow and steady in a stand of 74. He fell at the wrong time trying to accelerate but Mohammad Rizwan who walked out to replace him looked like a determined man. He along with Abid Ali added 144 runs for the 3rd wicket and ensured Pakistan were in cruise control of the chase. Both of them got to their respective centuries, but both fell at the wrong time and with it being difficult for the new batsmen to come in and whack the ball, the Aussies ensured they won the game by a small margin of 6 runs.
Solemn faces in the stands as well as the Pakistan dressing room but the Australians are mighty pleased and there are high-fives and big smiles going around between the Men in Yellow! Two centuries in the chase but still ending up on the wrong side is surely a tough pill to swallow. Mickey Arthur is bearing a glum look on his face as his team have slipped to the fourth loss in a row but such has been the match that they were practically ruling the game almost till the end and crashed out at the last moment.
49.7MStoinis to YShah
A pull from Yasir and a single taken on the last ball. AUSTRALIA WIN THE GAME BY 6 RUNS and take a 4-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series!!!
49.6MStoinis to UKhan
OUT! That is the game! That surely is it! A shorter length slower ball on middle, Usman pulls it away hard but the deep square leg fielder takes a good catch. Handscomb is not dropping those and he makes sure that this game is over with a ball to be bowled unless it is a no ball or wide. Heartbreak for the hosts but such is the game and Australia were always in the game. Junaid Khan meanwhile, makes his way out to the middle.
49.5MStoinis to UKhan
SIX! This game is not yet dead! What a strike that is by Usman Khan. Deposits this length ball way over long off for a maximum. What a shot! 8 off 2 now!
49.4MStoinis to YShah
Driven to long on for a single by Yasir to get Usman on strike.
Usman Khan walks in next.
49.3MStoinis to MRizwan
OUT! Rizwan holes out and that surely is the final nail in the coffin for Pakistan! A fuller length ball on the pads and Mohammad Rizwan times it pretty well in the air but finds Peter Handscomb at deep square leg. He takes it safely and there are wide glee on the faces of the Aussie fielders now! They will be breathing much easier. End of a good innings by Rizwan but that is still not enough at this stage for his team.
49.2MStoinis to MRizwan
WIDE! That is wild at this moment. Slower one from Marcus way outside leg.
49.1MStoinis to YShah
Stoinis starts the last over with a short ball. Yasir Shah slaps it down to long on for a single. Not a bad result for Pakistan. Rizwan is on strike. 16 needed from 5 balls.
Wow. Did not think this would ever happen Marcus Stoinis to bowl the last over and he has got what - 17 to defend. Unbelievable.
48.6KRichardson to MRizwan
What a ball to finish the over! Absolutely cramps the batsman for room and Rizwan only can hit it back to the bowler. 17 runs needed off 6 balls in the last over.
48.5KRichardson to MRizwan
FOUR! Rizwan finally finds the middle of the bat. A much-needed boundary for Pakistan. A short length ball on middle, Rizwan hits it hard over the head of the bowler for a boundary.
48.4KRichardson to MRizwan
This is bad batting! Losing shape at the wrong time is Rizwan. A fuller length ball outside off, Rizwan looks to hit it over cover but fails to put bat on ball.
Yasir Shah walks out to bat next.
48.3KRichardson to IWasim
OUT! Huge wicket for Australia and Pakistan sink further! A short length ball on top of off stump, Wasim looks to hit it over covers but the ball gets big on him. It flies off the top half and goes to deep point where Shaun Marsh makes no mistake. Good catch under pressure. 21 off 9 is the equation now.
48.2KRichardson to IWasim
Slower ball on a length outside off, Wasim looks to cut it over extra cover but fails to put bat on ball as he is beaten by the lack of pace.
48.1KRichardson to MRizwan
That is the hundred for Rizwan! His 2nd in ODI cricket, his 2nd in this series itself! A fuller ball outside off, driven to deep cover for a single as he gets to the landmark. The job at hand is a bigger one though, he needs to take his team home.
Kane Richardson to bowl the 49th over.
47.6NCoulter-Nile to IWasim
47.6: N Coulter-Nile to I Wasim, Length ball on top of off stump, Wasim times it really well but fails to find the gap. 3 runs only off this over and a wicket. What a comeback this has been from Australia! Tightening the noose like a boa constrictor! Coulter-Nile ends with 10-1-53-3. The equation now is 22 of 12.
47.5NCoulter-Nile to IWasim
47.5: N Coulter-Nile to I Wasim, Short length on top of off stump, Wasim looks to punch it off the back foot but the ball is mistimed to mid off.
47.4NCoulter-Nile to MRizwan
47.4: N Coulter-Nile to M Rizwan, Fuller one on middle, driven hard down the ground for a single by Rizwan as he moves onto 99.
47.3NCoulter-Nile to IWasim
47.3: N Coulter-Nile to I Wasim, Short of a length on middle, Imad pushes it through mid-wicket for a single.
47.2NCoulter-Nile to MRizwan
47.2: N Coulter-Nile to M Rizwan, In the air again! But well short of deep mid-wicket. A length ball on middle, Rizwan looks to pull the ball but mistimes it aerially towards the fielder in the deep. A single is taken to bring his skipper on strike.
Imad Wasim, the skipper walks out next to bat.
47.1NCoulter-Nile to SAli
47.1: N Coulter-Nile to S Ali, OUT! Saad Ali holes out in the deep. A half-volley from Nathan Coulter-Nile from around the wicket, Saad looked to hit it over mid on but the bat turned in his hand and goes to Richardson at deep mid-wicket who takes a sitter. Excellent stuff this from Australia. They have put the pressure right back on Pakistan. 25 needed off 17 now. Going to be really a nerve-wracking finish here!
46.6GMaxwell to SAli
Short and wide outside off, cut away for a single to backward point. 25 needed off 18 balls. Saad will face the next over.
46.5GMaxwell to SAli
Flatter one on the pads, Saad was down the track and looks to flick it. The ball runs off the pads for a couple of leg byes fine on the leg side. Very lucky! If Saad had missed that ball, he could have been stumped.
46.4GMaxwell to MRizwan
Flighted ball on middle, pushed along the ground to long on for a run.
46.3GMaxwell to MRizwan
FOUR! That was the boundary Pakistan so badly needed. A flighted ball on the pads, paddled down on the leg side fine. The ball runs really fine and fast to the ropes. Rizwan moves on to 96 now.
46.2GMaxwell to MRizwan
Flighted on the pads, Rizwan sweeps it fine on the leg side past short fine leg for a couple of runs. That is excellent running from someone who has kept wickets for 50 overs and has been in the middle for quite some time.
46.1GMaxwell to SAli
Flatter one on middle, pushed to long on for a single by the southpaw.
45.6NCoulter-Nile to MRizwan
45.6: N Coulter-Nile to M Rizwan, Full on off, Rizwan slices it to point. Maxwell dives and saves the run. Equation is 36 off 24.
45.5NCoulter-Nile to SAli
45.5: N Coulter-Nile to S Ali, Back of a length on middle and leg, Saad Ali flicks it stylishly to mid-wicket for a run.
45.4NCoulter-Nile to SAli
45.4: N Coulter-Nile to S Ali, Full on off, Saad drives it to mid off.
45.3NCoulter-Nile to MRizwan
45.3: N Coulter-Nile to M Rizwan, A short delivery with just little pace, Rizwan pulls it to square leg. Single added.
45.2NCoulter-Nile to SAli
45.2: N Coulter-Nile to S Ali, Half-volley on off, Saad drives it through the covers for a single.
45.1NCoulter-Nile to MRizwan
45.1: N Coulter-Nile to M Rizwan, A good length delivery on off, Rizwan digs it to mid-wicket for a single.
44.6GMaxwell to MRizwan
Swept fine on the leg side by Rizwan. Zampa who goes behind the ball fails to pick it clearly but that does not cost an extra run and only a single is taken. 40 off 30 needed now.
44.5GMaxwell to MRizwan
Chopped away to deep cover for a couple of runs. That is excellent running.