Abu Dhabi: Australia have won the third and final One-Day International (ODI) by a narrow margin of one run and have managed to retain their number-one rank in the ODI rankings.
It was a typical case of self-destruction by Pakistan, who managed to get the raw side of a roller-coaster of a match.
They managed to restrict Australia to a modest total of 231 from their quota of 5o overs. They were off to a good start courtesy valuable knocks by Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed.
They were cruising with Asad Shafiq and Sohaib Maqsood at the crease. They almost did it due to Zulfiqar Babar’s heroic efforts in the 49th over. All they needed were two runs off the final over.
They could have achieved that with a couple of singles. Yet somehow, they managed to goof it up.
This performance, especially the shot selection by some of the better batsmen in the side (read Afridi) should serve as a valuable lesson for the Pakistani side ahead of the Tests, and more importantly the upcoming World Cup.