Pakistan seal series with nine wickets

PAK vs. AUS: Skipper Babar Azam scored his second straight hundred as Pakistan beat Australia by nine wickets on the final day to claim a 2-1 series win on Saturday. The foundations of victory were laid as the fiery-paced Pakistani trio of Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim and Shaheen Afridi beat Australia for 210 from 42 overs. Follow PAK vs AUS live updates with InsideSport.IN.

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PAK vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq seal a comfortable chase as Pakistan win the series 2-1 with a nine-wicket win

Babar smashed an unbeaten 105 and fly-half Imam-ul-Haq made an unbeaten 89 as they made light work of the meager chase to guide Pakistan home with 12.2 overs to spare. Earlier, Alex Carey and Sean Abbott restored some respectability to the Australian rounds with a few brave rounds in order as the visitor passed the 200-point mark which at one point seemed unlikely. Haris Rauf and Mohammed Wasim Jr contributed with 3 wickets each, while Shaheen Afridi also took two in the game.

Batting Australia got off to a horrific start when they fell to six-for-three. Shaheen (2-40) knocked out in-form Travis Head with the first ball of the game before Haris (3-39) fired Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne in quick succession.

Alex Carey (56) scored for the tourists and Ben McDermott (36), Sean Abbott (49) and Cameron Green (34) helped them past the 200 mark, but Australian bowlers had little to show for defend. Nathan Ellis retired Fakhar Zaman for 17 but Imam and Babar made sure there was no dramatic batting slump that would allow Australia back into the contest.

Babar, who forged an unbroken 190-run partnership with Imam, hit 12 limits during his 16th century ODI. Australia, who won the three-Test series 1-0, will wrap up their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years with a one-off Twenty20 match, also in Lahore, on Tuesday.

PAK vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq seal a comfortable chase as Pakistan win the series 2-1 with a nine-wicket win

Pakistani sleeves –

Fakhar Zaman c Marnus Labuschagne b Nathan Ellis 17 12 3 0 141.67
Imam ul-Haq Not out 89 100 6 1 89.00
Babar Azam (VS) Not out 105 115 12 0 91.30
Additional 3 (b 0, w 2, nb 0, lb 1)
Total 214/1 (37.5)
Still at bat Mohammad Rizwan, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, mohamed wassim, S Afridi, Haris Raouf, Zahid Mahmoud

australia sleeves

PAK vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq seal a comfortable chase as Pakistan win the series 2-1 with a nine-wicket win

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