[caption id="attachment_817934" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-817934" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Aaron-Finch-ICC-Twitter.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="428" /> Australian skipper Aaron Finch scored 116 off 135 balls for his 12th ODI century that helped his team overhaul the 281-run target in 49 overs on a flat Sharjah stadium pitch. @Twitter/ICC[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/aaron-finch/">Aaron Finch</a>'s fine century drove <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> to a convincing eight-wicket win over a new-look <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/">Pakistan</a> in the first one-day international on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>The Australian skipper scored 116 off 135 balls for his 12th one-day international century that helped his team overhaul the 281-run target in 49 overs on a flat Sharjah stadium pitch. (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/pakistan-and-australia-in-uae-2019-201056/live-scores/pakistan-vs-australia-live-cricket-score-1st-odi-match-189828-full-scorecard.html"><strong>Pakistan vs Australia 1st ODI: FULL SCORECARD</strong></a>) <p></p> <p></p>The win gives Australia the lead in the five-match series and comes on the back of their 3-2 series win in India earlier this month. <p></p> <p></p>"To be able to chase down the target for the loss of two wickets is nice. It's nice to keep the momentum with a fourth win in a row," Finch said. <p></p> <p></p>Finch's match-winning knock overshadowed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/haris-sohail">Haris Sohail</a>'s maiden one-day hundred (101 not out) which helped Pakistan to 280-5 in their 50 overs. <p></p> <p></p>"We needed wickets at the top which did not come our way because Finch and Marsh handled the chase very well," stand-in captain Shoaib Malik said. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-vs-australia-2019-series-against-australia-was-designed-to-test-our-bench-strength-pakistan-coach-mickey-arthur-817658">Series against Australia was designed to test our bench strength: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Congrats to Haris for getting a hundred but we did not push Australia hard," he added. <p></p> <p></p>The 32-year-old Australia smashed Malik for a huge six towards deep mid-wicket to complete his century -- his first since June last year against England at Chester-Le-Street -- off 120 balls. <p></p> <p></p>Finch, who knocked four sixes and eight boundaries, added an innings-building 172 runs for the second wicket with Shaun Marsh who scored an unbeaten 91 off 102 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. <p></p> <p></p>With 46 needed Finch became Mohammad Abbas's maiden wicket but Peter Handscomb hit 30 not out to help Marsh cross the line. <p></p> <p></p>Finch and Marsh came together after opener Usman Khawaja fell for 24 to medium pacer Faheem Ashraf, the only other success Pakistan's new-look bowling attack could achieve. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Inexperienced Pakistan:</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan rested six of their key players including regular skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sarfraz-ahmed/">Sarfraz Ahmed</a> in order to keep them fresh for the World Cup starting in UK from May 30. <p></p> <p></p>But the young and inexperienced Pakistan led by Malik proved no match for Australia, who are on a roll after their win in India earlier this month. <p></p> <p></p>Left-hander Sohail, who reached 1,000 runs in his 27th one-day international when on 40, anchored Pakistan's innings, adding 98 for the third wicket with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/umar-akmal">Umar Akmal</a> who made a 50-ball 48 in his first international match for two years. <p></p> <p></p>Sohail took a single to complete his hundred in the last over, finishing with six boundaries and a six. <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan had handed one-day debuts to opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shan-masood/">Shan Masood</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mohammad-abbas/">Mohammad Abbas</a> -- who have played 15 and 14 Tests respectively. <p></p> <p></p>Masood put on 35 in an opening stand with Imam-ul-Haq (17) before off-spinner Nathan Lyon dismissed Imam in the seventh over, caught and bowled. <p></p> <p></p>Masood, who hit five boundaries in his 62-ball 40, was then bowled by paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile who finished with 1-38 in his 10 overs. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/nathan-coulter-nile-aims-to-push-vertigo-issue-behind-for-a-spot-in-the-icc-world-cup-2019-squad-817331">Coulter-Nile determined to push vertigo issue behind for a spot in the World Cup squad</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Umar smashed three sixes in one Jhye Richardson over but fell one short of his half century. <p></p> <p></p>Malik fell for 11 and Ashraf and Imad Wasim scored 28 each. <p></p> <p></p>Wasim hit four boundaries and a six during his 13-ball unbeaten knock, helping Pakistan to 55 runs in the last five overs. <p></p> <p></p>Sunday's second ODI is also being played in Sharjah, with the third in Abu Dhabi (March 27) and the last two in Dubai (March 29 and 31).