Centuries from debutant Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan in vain as Australia beat Pakistan by six runs in the fourth one day international at Dubai cricket stadium.Australia take unassailable 4-nil lead in the five match series.
Earlier, Pakistan stand in captain Imad Wasim won the toss and sent Australia into bat.Batting first Australia scored 277 runs for the loss of seven wickets in allotted 50 overs.Openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja provide 56 runs stand for the opening wicket.
Aaron finch made 39 runs with the help of four boundaries and one six.Khawaja completed his half century and scored 62 off 78 deliveries. He hit six boundaries.Mohammad Hasnain got the wicket of finch in the 13th over. After losing opener Australian middle order collapsed as spinner Yasir Shah and Imad Wasim bagged four wickets.
Shaun Marsh made five, Peter Handscomb hit seven while Marcus Stoinis just added two runs.Australia were struggling at 140 for five but Glenn Maxwell played a superb knock.Maxwell and Alex Carey added 134 runs stand for the sixth wicket to put Australia into good position.
Maxwell remained top scorer with 98 runs off 82 deliveries. He failed to score century by just two runs when he was run out in the 50th over.Maxwell smashed nine boundaries and three sixes in his innings.Alex Carey scored 55 with the help of three boundaries.For Pakistan, Mohammad Hasnain, Imad Wasim and Yasir Shah took two wickets each.
In reply chasing 278, Pakistan managed to score 271 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in allotted 50 overs.Two centuries by Abid Ali and Muhammad Rizwan could not help Pakistan to save fourth match in a row.
Pakistan lost opener Shan Masood in the first over on nought.After losing Masood, debutant Abid Ali and Haris Sohail build the Pakistani innings.Both batsman added 74 runs stand for the second wicket.
Abid Ali completed his maiden fifty off 55 deliveries.Haris Sohail made 25 before Nathan Lyon got his wicket.Pakistan were 74 for two in 17th over, Mohammad Rizwan join Abid on the crease.Both batsman played superb knock and added record 144 runs stand for the third wicket.
This is the Pakistan’s highest ever third wicket partnership against Australia.Abid Ali completed his maiden century with a single off Lyon. He became the third Pakistani batsman in history to make century on debut.Abid Ali also broke the record for highest score on debut for Pakistan, beating Saleem Elahi’s 102.
Abid Ali remained top scorer with 112 off 119 deliveries, he smashed nine boundaries in his innings.Pakistan were in good position on 218 for two in 41 overs to win the match but once Abid caught out middle order collapsed.Mohammad Rizwan also completed his century and made 104 runs off 102 balls. This is Rizwan’s second century in the series.
Wicketkeeper batsman hit nine fours and one six before he was caught out in the final over.For Australia, Nathan Coulter Nile bagged three while Marcus Stoinis took two wickets.Glen Maxwell was declared man of the match.The fifth and final match of the series will be played on Sunday in Dubai.