Five talking points from the second Pakistan-Australia ODI

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Australia defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in the second ODI at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. The Kangaroos have a commanding 2-0 lead in the five-match series against the men in green.

Aaron Finch proves his mettle once again

The Australian batsman continued his sublime form in the five-match series. He went on to score 153 runs off 143 deliveries, which is his highest ODI score, with the help of 11 boundaries and six maximums. He  also went on to finish with figures of 1-41 in 10 overs and manage to keep Pakistan’s run-rate low.

Imad Wasim disappoints

It was not a good day at the office for the left-arm spinner as he conceded 60 runs in his eight overs without taking a wicket. It was similar to his performance in the first ODI in which he finished with 0-50 in 10 overs.

Finch-Khawaja make record stand 

Finch and Usman Khawaja single-handedly took the game away from Pakistan with their 209-run partnership. Their 209-run stand on the first wicket is the highest first-wicket partnership at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan’s top-order collapses

Pakistan’s batting order was at sea during the second ODI as the batsman did not provide any resistance to the Australian bowlers. Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed in the first over while Shan Masood and Umar Akmal also could not keep the scoreboard going

Shoaib Malik’s cautious batting approach

The Pakistan skipper made 60 off 61 runs but his cautious approach on the crease has been raising questions lately. The batsman scored only 18 runs off boundaries during his knock.