ABU DHABI (AFP) – Glenn Maxwell bowled a maiden final over and got two wickets to seal a thrilling one-run win for Australia in the third and final one-day international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Chasing a modest 232-run target, Pakistan needed just two runs in the final over but Maxwell (2-41) kept his cool dismissing Sohail Tanvir (10) with the second ball of the 50th over and Mohammad Irfan (nought) with the final ball to complete Australia’s 3-0 series whitewash.
It was Australia’s third clean-sweep against Pakistan after a 3-0 win in Pakistan in 1998 and a 5-0 triumph on home ground four years ago. Pakistan once again lived up to their reputation of throwing away a winning position as they needed just 28 runs to win with four wickets in hand at one stage.
Tanvir and Zulfiqar Babar (14 not out) took them to within two runs of the win but Australia staged a strong comeback. For Pakistan, Asad Shafiq hit a solid 50 while Sohaib Maqsood made 34.
Pakistan were without captain Misbah-ul-Haq who surprisingly dropped himself after a poor run of scores, handing the captaincy to Shahid Afridi.