Australia struggle past 200 as Pakistan dominate
BRISBANE: Pakistan bowling attack tore through Australia to land the hosts in trouble in the ODI opener at the Gabba on Friday.
Pacer Mohammad Amir dismissed David Warner for 7 and captain Steve Smith for a golden duck off successive deliveries. Hasan Ali claimed wickets of Big Bash batting sensation Chris Lynn, who made his ODI debut today along with pacer Billy Stanlake, and resistant Glenn Maxwell who was dismissed for 60.
All-rounder Imad Wasim trapped opener Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh behind wickets, reducing the hosts to 78 for five. Australia were eight down for 212, helped past 200 by Matthew Wade’s sure-footed fifty.
Australia earlier won the toss and chose to bat on a seemingly batting-friendly pitch.
Travis Head moved up to open alongside David Warner instead of Aaron Finch, who was not picked. Glenn Maxwell has also returned to the XI.