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Mohammad Hafeez leads Pakistan to win at Melbourne ground

  • Stand-in captain Mohammad Hafeez paved the way to victory for Pakistan on the tour of Australia. Pakistan recorded a six-wicket win in the second one-day international of the series of five matches. With this victory, Pakistan has recorded their first ODI win against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since 1985.

    Leading the Pakistan team in the absence of injured captain Azhar Ali, Hafeez made his team reach 221 runs in 47.4 overs at a loss of 4 wickets with a 72-run knock to level the series 1-1. Fast bowlers Mohammad Amir took 3 wickets in 47 runs and Junaid Khan - who made a comeback to international cricket, made an opening burst of two wickets, thereby dismissing Australia for 220 in 48.2 overs.
    Hafeez was the standing captain after Azhar got his right hamstring injured in Brisbane and hence was unavailable for the Melbourne match.
    Hafeez lauded his teammates especially Amir, Imad and Junaid and said that the next three games are open. 
    Shoaib Malik shared 53-run stand with Asad Shafiq (13) to make sure Hafeez’s effort wasn’t in vain. Australia had fair chances but just couldn’t encash upon the two opportunities provided by Hafeez. First Captain Steve Smith missed a two-handed sitter of Hafeez during first over of Mitchel Starc. Soon after,  Pakistan begun its run-chase as Sharjeel Khan then grafted a 68-run opening stand with Hafeez.