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  • 5:17 PM IST

    Mohammad Hafeez is the Man of the Match: “The boys did a great job, our bowlers did a great job, they got wickets at the right times. We love them, and they love us a lot (the crowd). This is the way to move forward, we have everything to win the series. Missed an opportunity in the last game.

  • 4:54 PM IST

  • 4:50 PM IST

    This is also Pakistan first win in and against Australia since 30th January 2005

  • 4:49 PM IST

    That is it. Pakistan have won this contest by 6 wickets. This is the first time since 1985 that Pakistan have beaten Australia at MCG

  • 4:33 PM IST

    Asad Shafiq, what have you done! This was the last over from Starc. Extremely poor shot. It was full and wide from Starc and the ball was moving away. Shafiq tried to drive and tried to stretch himself but in the end it was just too wide. Thick outside edge and Wade completes an easy catch!

  • 4:30 PM IST

  • 4:25 PM IST

    Pakistan are inching close to what will be a memorable win for them. Shoaib Malik and Asad Shafiq have kept the scoreboard ticking and that is what they should be doing right now. They require more 30 runs from 48 deliveries with 7 wickets in hand.

  • 3:38 PM IST

    BIG WICKET! Pakistan are still a considerable distance away from a victory and they have lost Mohammad Hafeez at a very crucial moment. Hafeez tries going over the top, but fails to connect well. The man at mid-on takes the catch. Faulkner strikes to end a brilliant innings from Hafeez

  • 3:29 PM IST

    WICKET! Starc has broken the stubborn stand between Hafeez and Babar, getting the former caught at third man to provide Australia some respite. It was a comical dismissal, since Hafeez had just collected a single with an uppercut to the third man. Babar tried emulating his captain, but gave a simple catch to the fielder.

  • 3:06 PM IST

    It has been Pakistan all the way so far today and it remains to be so. Slowly and steadily, they are marching towards a victory in Australia for a very, very long time. Hafeez is leading from the front, making full use of a batting-friendly wicket at MCG.

  • 2:27 PM IST

    Hafeez is leading from the front. He started off slowly but has picked up really well. He was hit on the finger off Mitchell Marsh, as a delivery bounced more than expected.

  • 2:12 PM IST

    WICKET! A beautiful delivery from Faulkner, in that channel right outside the off-stump. Sharjeel had to play it, it was too close to the off-stump. An edge carried straight to Matthew Wade.

  • 2:08 PM IST

    Hafeez has started hitting his strokes around the park, he gets two boundaries off the first over of spin from Australia. Pakistan in complete command of this chase, as of now…

  • 2:03 PM IST

    Are we witnessing history being made at the MCG today?

  • 1:52 PM IST

    So far so good for the fallible Pakistanis. After that edge in the first over, they have not given anything to Australia to capitalise on. Hafeez has crawled to his total so far, but Pakistan will be happy since they are not chasing a huge target here.

  • 1:33 PM IST

    3 overs each for Starc and Hazlewood so far. Here comes Pat Cummins. Australia have not produced any chance since that spilled catch in the first over. Pakistan have ticked along nicely

  • 1:19 PM IST

    Sharjeel gets first runs on the board for Pakistan, also hits a boundary off Starc through cover which looked terrific. Unless Pakistan botch it up like in the last game, it should be a stroll towards a historic victory of sorts for them.

  • 1:10 PM IST

    Simply poor by Australia so far. Mitchell Starc gets Mohammad Hafeez to drive, produces an edge but Steven Smith spills what would have been a regulation catch.

  • 12:34 PM IST

    It is all over, 10 balls to spare as Pakistan form a huddle in the middle after bundling Australia out for 220. Pakistan spinners have put their team right up there on the top, and chasing 221 should not be a big ask for them.

    But we know, it’s Pakistan. In the last game they did not even score 200. Here’s my innings report, I will be back for the second innings.

  • 12:11 PM IST

    RUN OUT! Junaid Khan returns in to the attack and runs out Mitchell Starc for 3. Will Australia bat all 50 overs?

  • 12:00 PM IST

    Shoaib Malik strikes! The veteran Pakistani bowler sends one in between Wade’s bat and pads to push Australia back into the trenches.

  • 11:54 AM IST

    WICKET! Imad Wasim has a few words to say to Steven Smith, who batted extremely well for his 60. Smith looked to slog, the ball took an inside edge, hit his pads and went on to hit the wickets. James Faulkner comes in.

  • 11:52 AM IST

    Smith and Wade have hung around nicely so far. But if Australia have to end their innings with some sort of advantage, they will have to start looking for runs.

  • 11:38 AM IST

    Half-century No. 16 for Steven Smith in ODI cricket, and it could not have come at any better time for his side. Smith has held the Australian innings together, which has continued to fumble right from the start…

  • 11:33 AM IST

    Smith and Wade are scoring at around 4 and a half runs an over. The idea, perhaps, is to get to the similar total which Australia managed in the last game. They, however, need to open up now.

  • 11:05 AM IST

    Pakistan are creating a lot of pressure on the Australians, especially Matthew Wade, by putting many fielders around the bat. There is no turn though, they all are just darting their deliveries into the line of the wickets. Good strategy of playing on the Aussie nerves against spin.

  • 10:58 AM IST

    NOT OUT! The ball, shows Hot Spot, missed everything on its way through to the wicketkeeper as Wade looked to defend off Imad Wasim. No success for Pakistan, but they have been appealing and celebrating almost at everything.

  • 10:48 AM IST

    There it is! This is exactly what I was fearing, and it has happened. Maxwell comes down again, but Imad is too straight with his lines. This time the ball finds its way through Maxwell’s bat and the pads. Australia continue to fumble…

  • 10:35 AM IST

    Maxwell is using his feel well against the Pakistani spinners, and on the other end, Smith seems to have dropped the anchor. With 27 overs left in the game and Smith still around, Pakistan cannot afford to breathe easy.

  • 10:22 AM IST

    Australia are living dangerously in the middle. They do not have enough on the board and Maxwell survives a leg-before review which Pakistan had challenged, off Mohammad Hafeez.

Australia-PAK

Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of the second ODI between Australia and Pakistan, at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you live cricket scores and updates from the second ODI. Australia are currently 1-0 ahead in the ongoing five-match series, having won the first game of the series by a margin of 92 runs at The Gabba, Brisbane. After setting a target of 269 for Pakistan to win, Australia produced a fine bowling performance to bundle the visitors out for 176 in 42.4 overs, thus winning the first game in a comprehensive manner.

Going into the second ODI, Pakistan have a lot to deal with. Not only they need to stop their miserable run in Australia with a victory, but they have also lost key men who could have helped them in achieving that. Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Irfan returned home to attend their family emergencies, whereas Azhar Ali has been ruled out of the Melbourne ODI due to a hamstring injury, which he suffered in the Brisbane ODI. To make matters worse for Pakistan, their wrecker-in-chief from the Test series, Josh Hazlewood, is set to make a comeback. In Azhar’s absence, Mohammad Hafeez will captain Pakistan.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI at Melbourne

It was Pakistan who made a terrific start to the ODI series early in the first game, when Mohammad Aamer dismissed David Warner and Steven Smith for cheap. Pakistan were able to put Australia on the mat when they had the hosts reeling at 78 for 5, but once-warring partners, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade, got together to bail their side out of trouble. Maxwell and Wade added 82 runs for the sixth wicket to revive Australia from a precarious position in the first ODI, which proved to be the turning point in the game.

In their chase, a muddled approach by Pakistan saw them going down by a huge margin. Pakistan began cautiously, not looking to attack more, and the idea was also to preserve the wickets. While there was nothing wrong with that approach, Pakistan also did not look for runs, as they were bogged down by disciplined bowling by the Australians.

Babar Azam top-scored for Pakistan with 33 runs, and Imad Wasim, who was impressive with the ball earlier in the day, scored 29 in a losing cause. James Faulkner claimed 4 for 42, Pat Cummins bagged 3 wickets, while Mitchell Starc had to be content with 2 wickets.

Squads:

Australia: Steven Smith (c), Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Billy Stanlake, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Usman Khawaja.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Hafeez.