3rd ODI: Australia beat Pakistan to win series 2-1

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates – Michael Hussey and Glenn Maxwell hit fighting half-centuries to help Australia beat Pakistan by three wickets in the third and final one-day international, taking the three-match series 2-1 here on Monday.

Earlier in the match opener Mohammad Hafeez hit a brilliant half-century to propel Pakistan to 244-7 in the third and final one-day against Australia at Sharjah Stadium here today. But, with the help of Michael Hussey’s 65 and David Hussey’s 43, the Aussies managed to score 250 runs in 47 overs, loosing 7 wickets.

Surprisingly, Australia — considered weak against spin on the Asian pitches — have lost only one bilateral limited overs series in the sub-continent and Middle East in 20 years. They lost to India in a three-match series in 2010.

Pakistan and Australia now play three Twenty20 internationals — all in Dubai — on September 5, 7 and 10.

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