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Magnificent Babar leads Men in Green to historic series win

For more than over a month it was the first time when Australia found themselves in trouble against the Pakistan’s Pace attack. Thus paving the way for a historic 2-1 series win for the Men in Green.

Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf set the pace of the contest by sending both Openers back to the pavilion on a total score of zero.

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The touring side got off to a bad start, losing their first three wickets for just six runs. Travis Head and Aaron Finch returned after each snagging a duck, and Marnus Labuschagne could score four runs.

Following the early misfortunes, right-handed middle-order hitter Ben McDermott attempted to stabilise the innings with a crucial 53-run partnership with Marcus Stoinis before the latter died after scoring 19.

After Stoinis was dismissed, McDermott returned in the 16th over after scoring 36 runs.
Alex Carey, the wicket-keeper batsman, and Cameron Green, the all-rounder, then chipped in with 81 runs for the sixth wicket. Carey scored a half-century as the duo batted superbly.
With six boundaries and a six, the right-handed batter top-scored for the side with 56 off 61 balls, while Green could only manage 34.

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Later in the innings, Sean Abbott made a key contribution with his 49 off 40 deliveries, which included six boundaries and a six, while the tail-enders perished after scoring cheaply.

Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Jr both took three wickets for Pakistan, while Shaheen Shah Afridi took two wickets. Iftikhar Ahmed and Zahid Mehmood, on the other hand, each made one scalp.

Babar Azam top-scored with a century, and Imam-ul-Haq excelled with an unbeaten half-century to help Pakistan beat Australia in the third ODI at Gaddafi Stadium and win the historic series.

Speaking after the match, Imam Ul Haq said “The way the boys came back from the first match, it just comes into the self-belief and the trust we have in each other. We talked a lot and said we really need to step up.”

He thanked his captain and best mate Babar Azam for the support.

“The way things are changing up for me, I really want to thank Babar. He’s my best friend and we really help each other, and my coaches, I really want to thank everyone,” he added.

Pakistan cruised to victory in the 38th over with nine wickets in hand and a total of 211 to chase, thanks to Babar and Imam’s outstanding batting.

Babar and Imam were crucial in the team’s historic victory, putting on an unbeaten 190-run second-wicket stand.

Babar top-scored for the Green Team with an unbeaten 105 off 115 balls, which included 12 boundaries, while Imam stayed undefeated on 89 off 100 balls, which included six boundaries and a six.

Fakhar Zaman, the left-handed opener, on the other hand, scored 17 off 12 balls before returning to the pavilion in the fourth over.

Nathan Ellis only managed to take one wicket for Australia.

After being called in to bat first by Pakistani captain Babar, Australia could only muster 210 runs before being bowled out in the 42nd over.



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