Australia Annihilate Pakistan In Sharjah

Steven Smith struck a century as Australia crushed Pakistan by 93 runs in the first One Day International at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.  The Australians won the toss and opted to bat first but it was a disastrous start as Aaron Finch was caught by Ahmed Shehzad off Mohammad Irfan (1/35) off the very first ball of the match.  Smith joined David Warner at the crease and the pair added 86 for the second wicket before Warner was caught by Umar Akmal off Shahid Afridi for 43 from 63 balls.

George Bailey was next to go for 18 when Fawad Alam(1/23) had him caught by Afridi.  Glenn Maxwell was next to go for 21.  The 25-year old was caught by Irfan off Zulfiqar Babar (1/35) with the Aussies well set at 158/4 in the 33rd over.

James Faulkner contributed 11 before he was trapped LBW by Afridi.  The leg spinner (3/46) was in the thick of the action again to dismiss Smith for a well-played 101 off 118 deliveries with six fours and two sixes.  Smith was caught by Wahab Riaz.

Riaz dismissed Sean Abbott for just three, caught by Anwar Ali before Mitchell Johnson smacked 21 off 16, including four fours as the visitors hit the accelerator.  Johnson’s cameo came to an end when he was bowled by Riaz (2/61).  At the end of the innings Kane Richardson (2*) was there with Brad Haddin (23*) as the tourists posted 255/8.

In reply the hosts lost Shehzad early for 4 when he was caught by Smith off Johnson.  Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq put on a 50-run stand before Ahmed was caught behind off Nathan Lyon for 34 off 41 balls in which he hit three fours and a six.  Lyon (2/33) was on a hat trick when he had Misbah-ul-Haq caught by Warner first ball.

Shafiq was the next man to go for 13 when Johnson had him caught behind for just 13 and it was 63/4 after 14 overs.  The fifth wicket to fall was that of Alam for just 7.  The middle-order batsman was caught by Warner off Maxwell (2/29).

It was 102/6 when Afridi returned to the pavilion for 5 caught Faulkner, bowled Abbott.  Next to go was Anwar Ali for 8.  Johnson (3/24) had him caught by wicketkeeper Haddin and the Pakistanis were 125/7 after 30 overs, and the writing was on the wall.

Riaz was then caught and bowled by Maxwell for just 5 before Akmal’s resolve was finally broken.  The 24-year old held out for 46 from 57 deliveries, including six fours but it was never going to be enough.  Irfan was then run out for 12 as Pakistan were all out for 162.