Finch falls just short of record

Maxwell's 71-run cameo enabled Australia to defeat Pakistan in the third ODI of the five-match series on Wednesday by 80 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead.

As a result, Pakistan found themselves 3 down for just 16 before opener Imam-ul-Haq (46) and Shoaib Malik (32) put on a fourth wicket stand of 59.

Umar Akmal (36) and Imad Wasim (43) showed some fight during their stand of 53 for the sixth wicket but Zampa wiped off the tail with career best figures.

Finch said he believed the form of the top-order batsmen meant they could go about the innings with confidence and objective, and hopefully post an above-par total. "But we ended up getting a good score on a hard wicket".

After two consecutive thumping losses, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has defended giving new players a chance to prove themselves in the one-day global series against Australia now underway in the United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan, who played without six senior players including regular captain Sarfraz Ahmed, need to up their game on Wednesday in order to stop Australia from taking the series.

"The Aussie bowlers were seaming and swinging the ball".

Maxwell, who was dropped on 27, then overwhelmed Pakistan with a mix of audacious strokes, assertive running between the wickets and nine boundaries.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are among the luminaries on that list headed by Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara, who is the only batsman to have scored four ODI tons in a row. Maxwell hit eight fours and a six in his chancy knock before getting run out in the 47th over.

Usman Shinwari spearheaded a testing new-ball examination and started the match with a wicket maiden, working over Usman Khawaja in textbook fashion to dismiss the in-form opener for a duck.

Richardson injured his right shoulder while diving to stop the ball during the second ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah last week and was ruled out of the rest of the series, which Australia wrapped up 3-0 with two games to spare.

Pakistan also made two changes, reshuffling their attack by recalling Usman Shinwari and Junaid Khan in place of Mohammad Abbas and Faheem Ashraf.

  • Rosalie Stanley