Published on January 21st, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar0
Australia v Pakistan 2017 – Azhar Ali aims to stay in contest, Smith targets for series win
Pakistan are trialing 1-2 in five match ODI series. Their win in the second ODI at Melbourne came after 12 years against Australia in Australia. It will be Pakistan’s do-or-die match to stay in the series while Smith’s army are ready to win their second bilateral series against Pakistan in Australia.
1-1 Australia-Pakistan have winning record in a bilateral series in Australia. Australia are 2-1 ahead in this series. Pakistan have to win fourth ODI to stay in the contest. Previous results are Pakistan 2-1(3) in 2002 and Australia 5-0 (5) in 2010.
0 Hundreds have been scored so far by Pakistani batsmen in a bilateral series against Australia in Australia. Babar Azam’s 84 in the previous game is highest by nay Pakistani batsmen against Australia in Australia in a bilateral series. Zaheer Abbas (108) in 1981 is the only Pakistani player who managed to score hundred against Australia in Australia in any series or tournament till date.
3 Hundreds scored by Azhar Ali as a captain for Pakistan; most by any Pakistani captain. Next best is Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has scored 2 hundreds for his team.
4 times Pakistan have beaten Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in 14 meetings, but Pakistan have lost last five games at the same venue against the hosts.
31 Runs needed for Steven Smith to surpass Darren Lehman’s tally of 3078 ODI runs for Australia. He is currently on the 20th spot for Australia in most ODI runs. Ricky Ponting (13589) leading the table.