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– By Imthath
Habits formed over long times are not easy to let go. They just stick with you. You are so used to them that you can do them without even thinking.
Australia, as a cricketing nation, are so used to winning. They have dominated cricket like no one else did. After all, they have won five Cricket World Cups out of the eleven played. They always believe that they can win from any situation.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have another habit. Not a good one though. Making a mess out of the most straight forward chases.
Even though both nations fielded young teams with fringe players in the playing XI, Australia continued their winning habit, even if they seemed down and out for 98 overs of the game.
Pakistan required 49 runs to win in 7 overs with 7 wickets in hand. A required run rate of 7 is just so normal for teams these days, that they can do it for 50 overs and chase 350. But Pakistan couldn’t even manage to do it for 7 overs. They lost 5 wickets and managed to score only 42 runs, which is just run a ball. All you can say is that Pakistan snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Earlier in the day, Australia were struggling at 140 for 5, courtesy some disciplined bowling from Pakistan. They looked a different team with full of energy under Imad Wasim. Then, Maxwell’s 98 powered Australia to 276 with help from Alex Carey. That proved just enough to beat an inexperienced Pakistan.
Pakistan had two centurions, but ended up on the losing side. This has happened only for the fourth time in ODI history. In fact, they now have four centuries in the series to Australia’s two, both by captain Finch. But it is Australia who are looking to complete a whitewash, come Sunday.
Australia – 276/7 (Maxwell 98, Carey 55, Hasnain 2-52) beat
Pakistan – 270/8 (Abid Ali 112, Rizwan 104, Coulter Nile 3-53) by 6 runs.