That is it from the 'Gabba then. Australia showed why they are ranked the best ODI team in the world today while Pakistan showed, well, they were just Pakistan, letting the match slip after having it in control. They do not have much time to turn around as the second ODI will be played at the MCG on Sunday, 15th January, 2017 at 0850 IST (0320 GMT). Do join us then. In the meanwhile, do have a look at the SA-SL Test at the Wanderers. We are wandering off now. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Aussie captain, STEVEN SMITH admits that it was an average start with the bat for Australia. Feels that the batsmen were in a bit of a hurry. Praises Wade for scoring his maiden ODI hundred. Adds that 270 was around par, given the conditions and was confident that Australia could restrict Pakistan to below that. On the batting depth, he says that the Aussies have a long batting line-up, as much as till Mitchell Starc at 10. Still, feels that it was not used properly today and wants his batsmen to play their shots in a more controlled manner. Praises his bowling unit for bowling beautifully.
Pakistan skipper, AZHAR ALI says his hamstring is a bit sore. But hopes that he recovers soon. Says that the physios will have a look and will pass their judgement on whether he can take part in the next game or not. Credits his bowlers for a superb bowling performance at the start. After getting Australia 5 down for 78, he suggests that they should have had them out earlier. But thinks the target was also chaseable. Adds that it was very hot and tiring to field under the sun and chase the ball on these long outfields.
MATTHEW WADE has been named the Man Of The Match for his run-a-ball century. He says that it is a great feeling to have scored a century. Praises Pakistan for putting the Aussie top order in early trouble. Credits Glenn Maxwell for accelerating the scoring and adds that the partnership with him gave Wade confidence. On his century in the last over, he says that he was not paying attention to his milestone till he reached 93 and then threw his bat around. Says that the Aussies were confident that they can defend 268 given their bowling attack. On the pickle juice which is used to treat hamstring issues, he says that it does not taste that good, albeit his skipper Smith likes the taste.
Earlier in the afternoon, Australia escaped embarrassment. All their batsmen were in a hurry to get runs and ended up throwing their wickets away. They were tottering at 78/5 and then 170/7 but Pakistan missed a golden opportunity to restrict the Aussies under 200. It was a different Glenn Maxwell today, playing a bit more responsibly while Matthew Wade has shown that the tradition of a good wicket-keeper batsman is still strong with his terrific century. He first formed a stand with Maxwell and then a crucial one with Cummins to take the hosts to safety. Stay tuned for the presentation.
A decent outing with the ball for Australia. Billy Stanlake did not have the greatest of ODI debuts but the others did well. Starc bowled with swing and zeal and picked up 2 wickets while Cummins bowled with sheer pace, taking 3 scalps. Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh were brilliant. Personally feel that Marsh could have got more than just one wicket while Faulkner ended up with 4. How good was Travis Head? No wickets, but 0/28 in 10 overs is gold dust on any pitch.
The visitors were never in the run chase though. Sharjeel and Azhar did the correct part by seeing off the new balls. But then, the former's wicket spelt trouble. Azhar then injured his hamstring and next, Hafeez went cheaply. After that, there was some intent shown as Umar Akmal tried to counter-attack but once he went, it was just a mere formality.
An easy victory in the end for the home side. The scorecard does not show it though. When you see a team winning by 92 runs, it means the victor has dominated proceedings. Yes, but Pakistan did have their chances.
Pat Cummins to Wahab Riaz
OUT! The pain is over. AUSTRALIA HAVE WON BY 92 RUNS. A length ball outside off, Riaz backs away and slashes hard but only gets a top edge. Mitchell Starc runs to his left and takes a simple catch at mid off. The game is finally over after dawdling along for so long.
Pat Cummins to Hasan Ali
On a good length around off, cutting in, worked through mid on for a run.
A full toss outside off, swatted down to long on for a single.
Full on middle, swinging in, Riaz looks to whip it through the leg side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball ricochets past the off stump behind.
James Faulkner to Wahab Riaz
On middle and off, tucked through mid-wicket for a single.
Full and wide outside off, Wahab miscues this over cover where Steven Smith leaps to his right but the ball evades him. Perhaps the ball hit his hand while going through. A single taken. You can count it as a DROP though some will not agree.
HASAN ALI is the last man in.
James Faulkner to Mohammad Amir
OUT! Faulkner gets his fourth! This was coming. Smart bowling, another slower delivery, from the back of the hand, full and outside off, Amir looks to go over the top but miscues it towards cover. Glenn Maxwell settles under it near the 30-yard circle and pouches it. The match almost is over now. I mean officially.
Full and wide outside off, Mohammad backs away and slashes hard. Ends up slicing it over point and gets a couple.
Full and around off, Riaz goes down on a knee and slogs it to long on for a run.
Short and outside off, Amir throws his bat at it and mistimes his cut shot towards cover for a single.
Full and outside off, Riaz looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads.