Australia hand Pakistan daunting target of 370
ADELAIDE: With a record opening stand of 289 runs, Australia handed Pakistan a challenging target of 370 runs in the fifth and final One Day International match, on Thursday.
Australian openers David Warner and Head put on an impressive opening stand of 284 runs before Warner fell to Junaid Khan. This was Australia’s highest ODI partnership. Warner scored a blistering 179 while Travis Head also scored a century.
The opener punished the Pakistani bowling line-up to help Australia reach more than 200 runs before the 40th over.
Earlier, Australia captain Steven Smith won the toss for the fifth time in a row and decided to bat first in the fifth and final One-day International against Pakistan here at Adelaide Oval.
Australia brought in James Faulkner in place of Usman Khawaja while Travis Head will open the innings with David Warner.
On the other hand, Wahab Riaz has returned in the Pakistan team while Imad Waseem has been dropped.
Australia has already won the series 3-1 in the five-match ODI series.
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith (captain), Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali