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  • 5:07 PM IST

    It’s all over. Pakistan huffed and puffed but they never looked like they had it in them to make 370 to win, even at this flat deck at Adelaide Oval. Australia win the final ODI by 57 runs, and end their home summer on a high.

  • 4:28 PM IST

    Pakistan are all but out of this contest. They need another 124 runs to win from the last 10 overs, and not a single batsman has so far taken any initiative to look for quick runs. A meek approach without any intent.

  • 4:07 PM IST

    OUT! He’s a terrific discovery for Pakistan, and Babar Azam has shown his class once again. The No. 3 batsmen who is one of the quickest to 1,000 runs has struck a big innings, but could never really accelerate. Azam has fallen for 100, and Pakistan sink further.

  • 4:01 PM IST

    The asking rate has zoomed past 11 an over, but there still is no launch from Pakistan towards the target. They are trudging along at a little less than 6 an over, Australia, on their part, will not mind this.

  • 3:43 PM IST

    Shoaib Malik has suffered an injury to his wrist, and he has walked off the field. Umar Akmal has joined Babar Azam in the middle as Pakistan are in desperate need of a brisk knock from their batsmen. The asking rate is close to 10 an over, Pakistan are still going at under 6.

  • 3:16 PM IST

    That is the thing you, know. Pakistan can bat deep and long but at around 5 or 6 an over, not more than that, for a very long time. However, Sharjeel and Babar have given their side an excellent platform, and Pakistan should not squander it like they did in the last game.

    Well, I had just finished writing the last line, Mohammad Hafeez poked on a delivery outside off, and got caught at the first slip. For 3.

  • 3:12 PM IST

  • 3:09 PM IST

    OUT! Sharjeel Khan departs trying to pull Mitchell Starc. Sharjeel made 79 off 69 balls that included 9 fours and 2 sixes. Pakistan are in dire need of quick and big runs if they have any chance of chasing this mammoth target.

  • 2:54 PM IST

    Sharjeel and Babar might have batted slowly but they have kept Pakistan in hunt. It all depends on how long these two batsmen go on. They remain Pakistan’s best bet here in this chase.

  • 2:39 PM IST

    Good knock by Sharjeel Khan.

  • 2:32 PM IST

    Sharjeel and Babar have revived Pakistan with a 71-run stand, but their scoring rate has remained below 6 an over while the asking rate has remained around 8 an over.

  • 2:20 PM IST

    A flurry of boundaries for Sharjeel and Babar, with the former having a tussle with James Faulkner in between the overs. Pakistan have not given up, or have they?

  • 2:04 PM IST

    Pakistan have started off on a cautious note, but they have not looked for quick runs or any sort of aggression in order to chase down this mammoth total. Babar and Sharjeel’s priority seems to be of spending time at the wicket, rather than going for the kill at the moment. The asking rate has gone close to 8 an over, and Pakistan are trudging around at 5 an over.

  • 1:37 PM IST

    What a start Australia have made to the second innings! Mitchell Starc has handed out yet another poor outing to the Pakistan captain, trapping Azhar Ali in front of the wickets without any significant score on the board.

  • 12:52 PM IST

    A flurry of wickets towards the end and Pakistan must pat themselves on the bat to have kept Australia way well under 400. However, a team that has struggled to make even 250 faces a mountainous challenge to make 370 to win. See you in half-an-hour.

  • 12:32 PM IST

    Balance restored.

  • 12:30 PM IST

    Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade — the heroes from the first ODI for Australia — have perished for cheap and here comes Peter Handscomb. But there is no stopping Travis Head, who is going on unperturbed with the fall of wickets from the other end.

  • 12:26 PM IST

    Head stands a strong chance to carry his bat through the innings. He’s going on strongly, and Australia are all set to post the highest total of this series.

  • 12:09 PM IST

    A list of achievements that Australia have had today:

    1. Highest opening stand of 284 runs.
    2. Best partnership for any wicket: 284 runs:
    3. This was also the best partnership for any wicket for Australia vs Pakistan.
    4. David Warner’s 179 is the highest individual total at the Adelaide Oval.

    5. Travis Head has registered his maiden century.
    6. Warner’s 179 is now the highest by any Aussie against Pakistan. Virat Kohli’s 183 is the overall best.

    7. Warner and Head’s stand of 284 is the 2nd highest for any team.

    8. Warner’s 179 is the third highest ODI total by any Australian after Shane Watson (185) and Matthew Hayden (181).

  • 12:05 PM IST

    Let’s take a breather here. What a special knock it has been from Warner, who once again has fallen in the 170s, and the maiden double hundred remains elusive. He hammered 19 boundaries and struck 5 sixes, but even that was not enough for him to get close of Shane Watson’s 185 vs Bangladesh — highest ODI total by any Aussie.

  • 12:03 PM IST

    Pakistan had nothing to cheer for 41 overs. But Warner is caught at point after a monumental effort and Smith has fallen on the second ball. Wahab Riaz has taken an athletic catch here, but he is writhing in pain after injuring his knee.

  • 11:54 AM IST

    Maiden ODI hundred for Travis Head! Australia are only bettering their opening stand now, which may go past 300-run mark in no time. Warner is still some considerable distance from his maiden double ton, but he has started to suffer from cramps now.

  • 11:40 AM IST

    Records galore for Australia and their star opener…

  • 11:38 AM IST

    Well, Australia would not mind bettering their record since it has come against a full-member team.

  • 11:38 AM IST

    ALERT: This is now the highest-ever opening stand for Australia in One-Day International cricket!

  • 11:35 AM IST

    Just another day in office for a Pakistani…

  • 11:30 AM IST

    David Warner equals the Master!

  • 11:30 AM IST

  • 11:28 AM IST

    Will Warner get past 200?

  • 11:26 AM IST

    Short, wide and Warner = SIX!

    Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 5th ODI at Adelaide © Getty Images
Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 5th ODI at Adelaide © Getty Images

Hello, good morning and a very warm welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of what will be the final match of Australia versus Pakistan five-match ODI series, at the Adelaide Oval. This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and live cricket updates from the fifth ODI. Australia took an unassailable lead of 3-1 with an 86-run victory in the fourth match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), and their aim will be to finish on a winning note. On their part, Pakistan will look to make amends and try and register a consolatory victory before heading home.

It has been more or less a one-way traffic in this ODI series. Pakistan did conjure up some inspirational performances with both bat and the ball in the second ODI to register their first win on the tour, but they have gone the downward spiral since. Pakistan have done horribly across departments, and their lack of discipline and execution of plans have spoiled their chances of winning this ODI series. With the fate of the series already decided, Pakistan will aim to play freely and put the hosts in pressure on what is expected to be a packed Adelaide Oval on Thursday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Pakistan, 5th ODI at Adelaide

Australia will be pleased with their performances so far in this series, as they have remained consistent despite a minor blip in the second ODI at Melbourne. Australia understand the values of setting up big targets, and their strategy will remain the same at Adelaide Oval, which is expected to favour the batsmen a great deal.

Pakistan, on the other hand, will have their hopes pinned on the likes of Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Junaid Khan and even Mohammad Aamer. In the fourth ODI, Hasan Ali had taken a five-wicket haul — the first by any Pakistani bowler in Australia since June 2002 — but the two dropped catches came back to hit the visitors hard.

Pakistan have not given any opportunity to Rahat Ali in the 50-overs contests, who had featured in the Test series. They might opt to rest Aamer, who has featured in all matches that Pakistan have played so far in this series. Wahab Riaz is another bowler who got only one chance — in the first ODI — but his indiscipline may provide hindrance in his selection.

The situation has become worse for Pakistan as they have spilled sitters, misfielded, given overthrow runs, and have not taken DRS interventions at the right time.  If Pakistan decide to change and put their best foot forward, they may head home with something to cheer about.

Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit