Australian cricket team against Pakistan in the UAE in 2018–19

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Australian cricket team against Pakistan in 2018–19
  Flag of Pakistan.svg Flag of Australia.svg
  Pakistan Australia
Dates 22 – 31 March 2019
Captains Shoaib Malik[n 1] Aaron Finch
One Day International series
Results Australia won the 5-match series 5–0
Most runs Haris Sohail (291) Aaron Finch (451)
Most wickets Usman Shinwari (5) Nathan Coulter-Nile (7)
Adam Zampa (7)
Player of the series Aaron Finch (Aus)

The Australian cricket team toured the United Arab Emirates in March 2019 to play five One Day International (ODI) matches against Pakistan.[1][2] The fixtures were part of both teams' preparation for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[3][4]

Ahead of the tour, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were in talks with Cricket Australia with a view to play some of the matches in Pakistan.[5][6] On 10 February 2019, the PCB confirmed the dates of the tour, with all the fixtures taking place in the UAE.[7][8]

The bans on Steve Smith and David Warner following the 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal ended on 29 March 2019, coinciding with the date of the fourth ODI match.[9][10] However, when Cricket Australia named their squad for the tour, Smith and Warner were not included.[11] Trevor Hohns, chairman of the National Selection Panel, said that the best route for them coming back would be through the Indian Premier League.[12]

Pakistan's regular captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, was rested ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, with Shoaib Malik named as captain of the squad in his place.[13] For the fourth ODI, Imad Wasim captained the side for the first time, after Shoaib Malik was sidelined with a bruised rib.[14] Wasim also captained Pakistan for the fifth and final ODI of the series.[15]

Australia won the series 5–0.[16] It was Australia's first 5–0 series win away from home since they beat the West Indies in 2008.[17]

Squads[edit]

ODIs
 Pakistan[18]  Australia[19]

Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf was rested for the final three matches of the series.[20] Jhye Richardson suffered an injury during the second ODI and was ruled out of Australia's squad for the rest of the series.[21]

ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

22 March 2019
15:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
280/5 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
281/2 (49 overs)
Haris Sohail 101* (115)
Nathan Coulter-Nile 2/61 (10 overs)
Aaron Finch 116 (135)
Mohammad Abbas 1/44 (10 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Aaron Finch (Aus)

2nd ODI[edit]

24 March 2019
15:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
284/7 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
285/2 (47.5 overs)
Mohammad Rizwan 115 (126)
Jhye Richardson 2/16 (5 overs)
Aaron Finch 153* (143)
Yasir Shah 1/60 (10 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Shozab Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Aaron Finch (Aus)

3rd ODI[edit]

27 March 2019
15:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
266/6 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
186 (44.4 overs)
Aaron Finch 90 (136)
Imad Wasim 1/34 (10 overs)
Imam-ul-Haq 46 (72)
Adam Zampa 4/43 (9.4 overs)
Australia won by 80 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)
Player of the match: Pat Cummins (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

4th ODI[edit]

29 March 2019
15:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
277/7 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
271/8 (50 overs)
Glenn Maxwell 98 (82)
Mohammad Hasnain 2/52 (9 overs)
Abid Ali 112 (119)
Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/53 (10 overs)
Australia won by 6 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Rashid Riaz (Pak)
Player of the match: Glenn Maxwell (Aus)

5th ODI[edit]

31 March 2019
15:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
327/7 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
307/7 (50 overs)
Usman Khawaja 98 (111)
Usman Shinwari 4/49 (10 overs)
Haris Sohail 130 (129)
Jason Behrendorff 3/63 (8 overs)
Australia won by 20 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Glenn Maxwell (Aus)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Imad Wasim captained Pakistan for the 4th and 5th ODIs.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Australia's road to the 2019 World Cup". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ "ODIs over Shield for Ashes hopefuls". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Sarfaraz to lead Pakistan at 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. ^ "PCB insists discussions are "open" for Australia to play in Pakistan". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Negotiations still 'open', says PCB after reports of Australia bowing out of tour". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  7. ^ "PCB announces schedule of Australia ODIs". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Pakistan announce dates for Australia ODI series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Warner, Smith bans to expire during Pakistan series in March". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Dubai in line to host Steve Smith and David Warner comebacks in Pakistan-Australia ODI". The National. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  11. ^ "No Smith, Warner in Australia's squad for Pakistan ODIs". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Starc, banned duo ruled out of UAE tour". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Shoaib Mailk to lead ODI squad in UAE, Sarfaraz Ahmed among six players rested". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Injured Shoaib Malik out of fourth ODI against Australia". Business Recorder. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Behrendorff returns for final Pakistan ODI". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Top order power Australia to eighth win in a row". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Whitewash! Aussies secure 5–0 sweep". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Pakistan squad for Australia ODIs announced". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Smith, Warner, Starc not in squad for ODIs against Pakistan". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Faheem Ashraf rested for remainder of ODI series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Injured Richardson sent home from UAE". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Haris Sohail ton powers Pakistan to 280". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Ton-up Rizwan guides Pakistan to 284-7 in second ODI". Yahoo News. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  24. ^ "Malik ruled out, Imad Wasim to captain Pakistan against Australia today". Geo TV. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Abid Ali Makes Century In Debut Match". Urdu Point. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Maxwell lifts Australia in tense win". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  27. ^ "Pakistan vs Australia, 5th ODI: Usman Khawaja propels Australia to 327-7 in fifth ODI". Cricket Country. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  28. ^ "Australia blank Pakistan 5-0". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 31 March 2019.

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