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  • 4:24 PM IST

    It’s all over! Australia have mauled Pakistan by 7 wickets to go 2-1 up in this ongoing series. Australia will be very pleased with their effort, with their batsmen doing their best so far in the series.

  • 4:08 PM IST

    Century No. 8 in ODI cricket for Steven Smith, who has been terrific today. Smith came out when Australia were struggling, but he has played a ‘captain’s knock’ to guide his team for a big victory at WACA.

  • 3:49 PM IST

    Pakistan will be ruing the opportunity which came their way early on. They could have had Australia on the mat, reducing them to 3 for 46. Here, they are being outgunned with tremendous ease by the two Australians, who have added more than 160 runs.

  • 3:31 PM IST

    Handscomb and Smith have so far added 125 runs for the third wicket, which has taken Australia right there in a position of complete command. Australia are cruising at close to five-and-a-half overs.

    Handscomb has completed his maiden ODI fifty, and he has batted as well as we know him for.

  • 3:17 PM IST

    Smith and Handscomb have added 100 runs for the third wicket, putting Australia on top. The hosts need another 119 to win off 120 balls, and have plenty of batsmen in their ranks to get this one in their favour. Can Pakistan pull off something special here?

  • 2:57 PM IST

    The equation remains run-a-ball as Australia are going on nicely, milking the Pakistani spinners for a lot of runs in the gaps. This is intelligent batting, no surprises though as both Smith and Handscomb are there at the crease.

  • 2:43 PM IST

    50-run stand between Smith and Hadscomb has led the Australian reply. The Aussies are showing far better intent to score off the Pakistani spinners, a tactic which may help them derail Pakistan’s plans here.

  • 2:18 PM IST

    Another lifeline to Peter Handscomb! Junaid, I think had overstepped, got the batsman to free up his arms. The ball went straight to point, who spilled a sitter, then blamed the sun which is exactly opposite to him at the moment. Australia need 205 more in 35 overs…

  • 2:00 PM IST

    Australia are living dangerously for one more time in this series. Warner and Khawaja have been removed by Junaid, who got both the openers caught behind. Pakistan had their third wicket as well, but Junaid Khan had overshot the crease, with the foot landing a few inches away. A lifeline to Handscomb who was caught at the second slip.

  • 1:51 PM IST

    GONE!!!! The big wicket falls in the form of Warner, as he is dismissed for 35 by Junaid Khan in the ninth over, while he is followed by fellow opener Usman Khawaja, who falls for mere 9 to Mohammad Aamer as Peter Handscomb, and Steven Smith are out in the middle. AUS 45/2 in 10 Ovs.

    OUT! David Warner c Rizwan b Junaid Khan 35 (38), Usman Khawaja c Rizwan b Mohammad Aamer 9 (20)

  • 1:25 PM IST

    SHOT! A reminder of what Virat Kohli hit versus England the other day. Slightly short ball from Junaid, Warner remains where he was. A short arm jab again, without much backlift. Had it been an Indian ground, it would have been a six. The ball went sailing but dropped short of the boundary rope. But at WACA, Warner will have to be content with a FOUR. Another 4 through cover, and Warner collects 11 runs off Junaid’s first over…

  • 1:18 PM IST

    A decent start for Australia so far, with David Warner and Usman Khawaja knocking 18 runs off Pakistan’s total. Pakistan have begun with Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Aamer. Have they missed a trick of not using Junaid Khan early on with the new ball?

  • 1:09 PM IST

    Australia get 5 runs off the first over, but not before David Warner surviving a few very good deliveries by Mohammad Hafeez. Australia will be keen to make a steady start here, if not a rapid one.

  • 12:29 PM IST

    THAT’S IT!!!! 263 is what Pakistan have managed to put up, while 264 is the target the Aussies need to chase down. Can the hosts pull it off, or will Pakistan maintain their dominance at this venue?

  • 12:25 PM IST

    PAK 257/7, Just an over to go. How much more can PAK put on the board. Will it be enough to restrict the Australians?

  • 12:24 PM IST

  • 12:16 PM IST

    PAK 248/7. The quick fall of Umar Akmal, and Imad Wasim must have been heart-breaking for Pakistan. However, with just three overs remaining, Pakistan are most likely to finish above 250. And with the quality bowling attack which Pakistan possess, it could well be a challenge for the Aussies.

  • 12:12 PM IST

    GONE!!!! And another, as this time, it’s Imad, who falls for mere 9 to Pat Cummins, after being ambitious, and was caught by Travis Head, as Mohammad Aamer makes his way in. PAK 246/7

    OUT! Imad Wasim c Travis Head b Pat Cummins 9 (13)

  • 12:07 PM IST

    GONE!!!! Umar Akmal has been caught behind off Hazlewood, as he falls for 39. Could this be the big blow for Pakistan, with less than five overs to go? Only time can tell, as Mohammad Rizwan makes his way in. PAK 244/6

    OUT! Umar Akmal c Matthew Wade b Josh Hazlewood 39 (51)

  • 12:04 PM IST

    PAK 242/5. No harm done, as the same story continues, while Imad too seems to be joining the party, as he looks to get some boundaries as well, 5 more overs to go.

  • 12:00 PM IST

    PAK 235/5, as Umar akmal is now leading the batting order by smashing a few boundaries across the park, while Imad Wasim looks to provide the much needed support to Umar. 6 more overs to go.

  • 11:41 AM IST

    Josh Hazlewood, who has an economy close to a mere 3, will bowl 4 out of last 10 overs in the Pakistani innings…

  • 11:27 AM IST

    Babar Azam is looking set for a big score here, and Pakistan remain in a commanding position going at more than 5 an over. With 13 overs left in the game, can Pakistan fancy getting close to the 300-run mark?

  • 11:01 AM IST

    Maiden international wicket for Billy Stanlake! And he has provided a crucial breakthrough, getting Shoaib Malik caught behind for 39.

  • 10:59 AM IST

    Babar Azam is the 5th fastest batsman ever to make 1,000 ODI runs. He has taken 21 innings to achieve the feat, and joins the likes of Sir Viv Richards, Quinton de Kock, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott.

    He has also completed his half-century — his first of the tour so far.

  • 10:54 AM IST

    Malik and Babar have provided Pakistan a good momentum here. They have added more than 50 runs for the fourth wicket, batting positively unlike the stand between Babar and Sharjeel…

    Nevertheless, a milestone for Babar who is one of the finest in the Pakistani ranks. He is also among the youngest batsmen ever to get to the landmark.

  • 10:37 AM IST

    Shoaib Malik has gotten off a good, positive start. He hit a six off Head straight down the ground, and is using his feet very well against the Australian spinner. Pakistan scoring at more than 5 an over at present.

  • 10:29 AM IST

    This is how Australia conceded 6 runs in one ball without the batsmen doing anything special…

  • 10:27 AM IST

    How often do we get to see such instances?

Pakistan vs Australia 3rd ODI

Hello, good morning and a very warm welcome to you at CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the third One-Day International (ODI) at WACA, Perth between Australia and Pakistan. The ongoing five-ODI series is currently levelled at 1-1, and the visitors return to one of their most favourite venues in Australia. Pakistan have won 4 out of their 6 ODIs at WACA, and to bring you the live cricket updates and scores of what they will do in the third game of this series, this is Devarchit Varma. Australia will look to bounce back after their embarrassing performance with the bat in the last two games, and on the other hand, Pakistan will aim to make most of what they earned at Melbourne.

It has been an interesting series of an intense contest between Pakistani spinners and the frail Australian batsmen, who have shown a lot of nervousness in the first two ODIs. Australia are a team that likes to score heavily, especially playing ODIs in their backyard, but Pakistan deserve rich applause for being able to keep the hosts under 300 both at Brisbane and Melbourne. While with 268/9 in Brisbane, the hosts were able to pull off a win. But the visitors bounced back to keep Australia under 250, and successfully chased the total without many qualms.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs Australia, 3rd ODI at Perth

Australia have made a couple of changes for the WACA ODI. An injured Mitchell Marsh has been replaced by Peter Handscomb, who will be making his debut. Chris Lynn has been ruled out of the series due to a neck injury, but in the bowling department, Mitchell Starc has been rested for the lanky Billy Stanlake.

On the other hand, Pakistan will remain without their regular skipper Azhar Ali, who suffered a hamstring injury. Mohammad Hafeez will lead Pakistan once again as the tourists will look to build on their winning momentum in Australia.

Hafeez and Imad Wasim were the heroes of Pakistan’s win, but the contribution of the pacers cannot be underestimated. In the second ODI, playing a 50-over contest for Pakistan after more than 2 years, Junaid Khan claimed 2 wickets early on to push Australia on the backfoot. On the other hand, Mohammad Aamer was Pakistan’s most successful bowler with 3 wickets.

Squads:

Australia playing XI for 3rd ODI: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Billy Stanlake.

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.