Australia scored 348 for eight with Ben McDermott’s first century and his big century partnership with opener Travis Head. Playing his fourth ODI, McDermott made 104 runs in 108 balls with the help of 10 fours and four sixes, besides a 162-run partnership for the second wicket with Head (89 runs in 70 balls, six fours and five sixes) Due to which Australia made its biggest score on Pakistani soil. Apart from these two, Marnus Labuschagne scored 59 while Marcus Stoinis scored 49 runs.
Earlier, Australia had scored 324 for eight against Pakistan on their last tour in Karachi in November 1998. Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi was the most successful bowler for Pakistan, taking four wickets for 63 runs. Mohammad Wasim also took two wickets for 56 runs. Electing to bat after losing the toss, Australia had a poor start and they lost the wicket of captain Aaron Finch (0) on the third ball of the match, which Afridi took leg before.
Head and McDermott then kept Pakistan’s bowlers out of success for 24 overs, scoring runs quickly. Zahid Mahmood broke the partnership by getting Head caught by Afridi. McDermott and Labuschagne kept the run pace after Head was dismissed. Both shared a 74-run partnership for the third wicket. McDermott completed the first century of his career in 102 balls with a six off Khushdil Shah.
McDermott, however, soon thereafter became Mohammad Wasim’s first ODI victim. He gave a catch to Haris Rauf on full toss. Labuschagne also returned to the pavilion after completing a half-century on a happy ball. He hit five fours while facing 49 balls. Stoinis and Sean Abbott (28 off 16 balls) then took the team’s score close to 350 runs. Stoinis hit five fours and a six in his 33-ball knock.