Pakistan wins ODI series against Australia in 20 years

Skipper Babar Azam’s second successive century and Imam-ul-Haq’s half century led to Pakistan’s first series win over Australia since 2002. Pakistan sealed the three-match series 2-1.It was a collective performance by the home team at Gaddafi Stadium as they dismissed Australia for an ordinary 210.

Babar Azam hit 105off 115, while Imam-ul-Haq made an unbeaten 89, shortly missing out on a third consecutive ton, as Pakistan registered a thumping nine-wicket win. Azam, dropped by Travis Head off Jason Behrendorff on one, took full advantage of the reprieve, driving Marnus Labuschagne for two to complete his 16th ODI hundred off 110 balls. Babar and Imam continued their brilliant form as the hosts comfortably chased down their target in 37.5 overs.

 

The series victory pushed Pakistan to eighth place in the Super League from which the top seven teams will directly qualify for next year’s Cricket World Cup in India. Australia were fourth.

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