As it Happened: Australia vs Pakistan - 4th ODI in Sydney

Updated: 22 January 2017 20:45 IST

After Australia made 353 for six on the back of a David Warner century that was aided by appalling fielding from the tourists, Pakistan replied with 267 from 43.5 overs.

As it Happened: Australia vs Pakistan - 4th ODI in Sydney
The 86-run win in Sydney helped Australia to clinch the ODI series vs Pakistan. © AFP

Australia secured the one-day series against Pakistan with a commanding 86-run win at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, taking a 3-1 lead in the five match series. (Scorecard)

Set an imposing 354 to win, Pakistan were never really in the hunt.

After Australia made 353 for six on the back of a David Warner century that was aided by appalling fielding from the tourists, Pakistan replied with 267 from 43.5 overs.

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Australian skipper, Steven Smith says that they started really well with the bat. Applauds the performances of Warner, Maxwell and Head. (On winning the toss four consecutive times) Adds that he hopes that he is not running out of all his luck now as they travel to India in a couple of weeks. Ends by saying that they would love to continue with such performances and entertain the crowd in the next match which will be on the Australia Day.

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Pakistan skipper, Azhar Ali says chasing 350 was always going to be tough. Rues their fielding and the dropped chances which allowed Australia to score big. Mentions the pitch was a good one and credits David Warner for his batting performance, but still rues the dropped chances. Adds that something around 300 was very chasable but they let too many runs leak. Feels that every game has something to play for and they will try their absolute best in each of them.

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Man of the Match, David Warner says that he loves the feeling of coming here and playing cricket. Adds that this hundred was slow as compared to the one he scored in the Tests but it is always special when you put runs on the board and help the team to win the game. Opines that Head and Maxwell were great as they dispatched all the bad balls which fell in their way. Ends by saying that it is always special to contribute on the field with a couple of good catches.

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Pakistan will be terribly disappointed with themselves. Sharjeel Khan got them off to a flying start but he was the only one who crossed the 50-run mark. There were only substantial partnerships in total and the visitors needed more of that. Wickets kept falling and they could never recover from that. Earlier in the day, Australia powered to a total in excess of 350 on the back of a big hundred from Warner and two firecracker fifties from Maxwell and Head. They were aided amply by the woeful fielding as well.

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After setting a target of 354, Australia came out to bowl with an intent. All the bowlers chipped in with wickets. However, they were taken to the cleaners at the start as the Sharjeel-Azam partnership looked threatening. But once the pair was dismissed, especially the opener, the asking rate became too much. Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped 3 and was very economical. Hazlewood too got 3 but he should have had more, a couple of catches were dropped off his bowling. Australia, despite being rather poor in the field according to their standards, will be relieved they weren't made to pay for it.

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A clinical performance from Australia has seen them win this match. They lead the 5-match ODI series 3-1 and have sealed the deal. Barring maybe one or two hiccups, they were very professional in how they went about their business and ensured that they crossed the line without much trouble.

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Josh Hazlewood to Junaid Khan

OUT! AUSTRALIA WIN BY 86 RUNS! Full delivery which swings in a bit, Junaid has his defence all over the place as the stumps are castled. It was a terrific delivery to end the match and seal the series in favour of the hosts.

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Junaid Khan is the last man in. Pakistan need 87 runs of 38 balls.

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50 ODI wickets for Josh Hazlewood.

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