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Australia pile on 354 for Pakistan to chase

Hasan's triple strike slows down big-hitting Australia

SYDNEY, JAN 22, (DNA) -Two quick strikes by pacer Hasan Ali stemmed the flow of runs from Australia as David Warner departed for 130 and captain Steve Smith went for 49.

Warner’s century fired Australia to a rapid start against Pakistan in the fourth ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Warner and captain Steve Smith guided Australia past 150, after Usman Khawaja was sent to pavilion by Hasan Ali earlier.

Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. The hosts announced two changes to their playing 11, while Pakistan’s skipper Azhar Ali returned from a hamstring injury.

Mitchell Starc and leg-spinner Adam Zampa have returned to the side, with all-rounder James Faulkner and bowler Billy Stanlake rested.

Asad Shafiq made way for the skipper, after scoring five and 13 in his two hits so far this series.

Australia lead the five-match series 2-1, meaning Pakistan must avoid defeat today to stay alive in the series.

Starc was rested for the third ODI in Perth following a heavy workload this summer. The left-arm fast bowler played all six Tests against South Africa and Pakistan.

Zampa’s return means Australia will field a specialist slow-bowler for the first time in this series, with part-time off-spinner Travis Head carrying the spin workload in the first three ODIs.=DNA


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