Sep 04 2012
Starc, Maxwell and Hussey guide Australia to ODI series win against Pakistan
Australia bounced back from a disappointing seven-wicket loss in the second ODI against Pakistan on Friday to take out the ODI series 2-1 in Sharjah last night.
A 67-run partnership between Michael Hussey (65) and Glenn Maxwell (56*) steered the Aussies out of trouble after they found themselves at 5-159 chasing a target of 245.
Earlier, openers Mohammad Hafeez (78) and Nasir Jamshed (48) got Pakistan off to a dream start, piling on 129 before Mitchell Johnson made the breakthrough, forcing Jamshed to edge to Matthew Wade in the 27th over.
Pakistan suffered a top-order collapse from which they struggled to recover, with Mitchell Starc (4-51) and Johnson (2-33) instrumental in restricting Pakistan to 7-244.
Australia began the chase in promising fashion, with David Hussey (43) elevated to the opening position to take on Pakistan’s spin-laden attack with David Warner (21). The Aussies looked to be cruising in the run chase at 1-88 before three quick wickets had them in trouble at 4-108.
Michael Hussey and Wade managed to claw Australia back into the contest, reaching 4-159 before Abdur Rehman bowed the Australian wicket-keeper, leaving Maxwell with a massive task ahead of him.
The Victorian showed nerves of steel, combining with Hussey for a match winning 67-run stand.
The departure of Hussey and Daniel Christian didn’t faze Maxwell, as the 23-year-old brought up victory with a six off the final ball of the 47th over.
Maxwell's unbeaten 56 was his maiden half-century in ODI cricket and came from just 38 deliveries, including four fours and three sixes.
Michael Hussey was named Man of the Match, with Mitch Starc the Man of the Series.
George Bailey now leads Australia into a three-match Twenty20 series in Dubai, beginning on Wednesday night.
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