PAK vs AUS-2nd ODI. (Source: Twitter)

In the second ODI of the ODI series between Pakistan and Australia, runs were rained heavily on Thursday. Batting first, the Australian team blew up the Pakistani bowlers. During this, Australia’s Ben McDermott emerged as a star who not only scored the first century of his career but also became the 1000th cricketer to score a century in international cricket. Australia batted brilliantly and scored 349 runs in 50 overs. But in response, the Pakistani team batted even better and the centuries of Babar Azam as well as Imam ul Haq gave Pakistan a historic victory by 6 wickets. ODI between Pakistan and Australia In the second ODI of the series, runs were raining heavily on Thursday. Batting first, the Australian team blew up the Pakistani bowlers. During this, Australia’s Ben McDermott emerged as a star who not only scored the first century of his career but also became the 1000th cricketer to score a century in international cricket. Australia batted brilliantly and scored 349 runs in 50 overs. But in response, the Pakistani team batted even better and the centuries of Babar Azam as well as Imam ul Haq gave Pakistan a historic victory by 6 wickets.

Travis Head, who scored a century in the last match, missed a century this time. He played an innings of 89 runs this time. At the same time, Ben McDermott scored a brilliant century. With his big century partnership with Travis Head, Australia hit fours and sixes in this match against Pakistan. Playing his fourth ODI, McDermott made 104 runs in 108 balls with the help of 10 fours and four sixes, besides adding 162 runs for the second wicket with Head (89 runs in 70 balls, six fours and five sixes) .

With this partnership, Australia made their biggest score on Pakistani soil. Apart from these two, Marnus Labuschagne scored 59 while Marcus Stoinis scored 49 runs. Earlier, Australia had scored 324 for eight against Pakistan on their last tour in November 1998 in Karachi. Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi was the most successful bowler for Pakistan, taking four wickets for 63 runs. Mohammad Wasim also took two wickets for 56 runs.

Electing to bat after losing the toss, Australia got off to a poor start and lost the wicket of captain Aaron Finch (00) off the third ball of the match, who was lbw by Afridi. Head and McDermott then kept Pakistan’s bowlers out of success for 24 overs, scoring runs quickly. Zahid Mahmood broke the partnership by getting Head caught by Afridi.

McDermott and Labuschagne kept the run pace after Head was dismissed. Both shared a 74-run partnership for the third wicket. McDermott completed the first century of his career in 102 balls with a six off Khushdil Shah. McDermott, however, soon thereafter became Mohammad Wasim’s first ODI victim. He gave a catch to Haris Rauf on full toss.

Labuschagne also returned to the pavilion after completing his half-century on the ball of Khushdil. He hit five fours while facing 49 balls. Stoinis and Sean Abbott (28 off 16 balls) then took the team’s score close to 350 runs. Stoinis hit five fours and a six in his 33-ball knock.

Ben McDermott’s name has now been entered in golden letters in cricket history as he has become the 1000th player to score a century in international cricket. This journey started in 1877 when Charles Bannerman, who faced the first ball of Test cricket, scored his first Test century. After this, the 500th century came in Pakistan when Salim Elahi scored a century in 1995. Now the 1000th international century has also come in Pakistan, but this time an Australian player has done this feat.

In response, the Pakistani team batted with a bang. First Fakhar Zaman played an innings of 67 runs. After that captain Babar Azam played an innings of 114 runs in 83 balls. At the same time, opener Imam-ul-Haq played an innings of 106 runs, scoring his second consecutive century. On the basis of these two, the Pakistani team achieved the huge target of 349 runs losing 4 wickets in 49 overs.

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