Finch falls just short of record

Shan Masood

The win gives Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series with the last two games taking place in Dubai on Friday and Sunday. These performances come as quite a relief to the country as they've struggled a lot in recent past.

The likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed - the Pakistan skipper - are rested for the Australia series.

Australia's opening World Cup match is on June 1 against Afghanistan in Bristol.

Aaron Finch, who won the toss for the first time in this series, is coming off back-to-back centuries.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Finch as saying after Wednesday's match: "Maxi is a player who people expect so much from every time he plays because he has so much brilliance at times, but I think what people do not see at times when they get frustrated with him, is the amount of stuff he does in the field".

Twelve months on from the sensational ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town that prompted suspensions, recriminations and plenty of tears, Smith and Warner are now available to play at the highest level once again.

Aaron Finch was 10 runs short of becoming the first Australian to score a hundred in three successive one-day internationals, but did enough to inspire his side to a series clinching win over Pakistan. Glenn Maxwell ended the stand by trappingImam leg-before.

With Carey going on to score an unbeaten 25, Australia finished on 266/6. However, the batsmen took a lot of time to do the same as the required run rate kept creeping up. Umar Akmal (36) and Imad Wasim (43) raised the hopes for Pakistan's comeback as they put up a 53-run stand, but Aussie spinner Zampa dismissed the tailenders in a jiffy, claiming four wickets in ten balls to seal the victory for Australia. But none of them dug in and capitalised on the starts.

Chasing a target of 267, Pakistan were rattled by a testing new-ball spell from Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, who removed opener Shan Masood, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan with just 16 runs on the board.

In a sense, though, the success of Finch and Australia over the last few weeks has only made things more complicated.

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