Series win for Australia

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 0:06 BST

Michael Hussey and Glenn Maxwell hit half-centuries as Australia defeated Pakistan by three wickets in the third and final one-day international at Sharjah Cricket Stadium to clinch a 2-1 series win.

Glenn Maxwell: Guided Australia to victory

Hussey led the way with 65 and Maxwell registered his maiden ODI fifty - including the winning six over wide long on off Junaid Khan - as the tourists reached their victory target of 245 with three overs to spare.

Opener Mohammad Hafeez earlier top-scored for Pakistan with 78 in the hosts' total of 244 for seven, Mitchell Starc the pick of the bowlers with four for 51.

After losing the toss and being put in by the Australians, Pakistan made a solid, if unspectacular start, with just 36 runs coming from the first 10 overs, with the ball reaching the boundary just five times.

Nasir Jamshed's consecutive leg-side fours off Starc in the third over were the highlights, with the batting side dealing mainly in singles.

Hafeez reached his half-century from 70 balls with just two fours and a six and the milestone seemed to be the catalyst for the 31-year-old to up his rate.

He took another maximum off James Pattinson in the 22nd over, launching a length ball back over his head.

The visitors finally made the breakthrough in the 26th over when Jamshed edged a Mitchell Johnson bouncer to Matthew Wade after he made 48.

Shahid Afridi announced himself at the crease in typically aggressive fashion as he smashed over extra cover for four off the second delivery he faced.

However 'Boom Boom' soon bust as he hammered a short ball straight to deep mid-wicket after making seven.

The quick wickets stemmed the boundaries and Pakistan were pegged again in the 32nd over as captain Michael Clarke, with just his second ball, had dangerman Hafeez lbw for 78, with his 97-ball knock including four fours and two sixes.

Asad Shafiq was next to go for 27 in the 38th over, flicking straight to George Bailey at short leg off Starc.

Just two balls later and Pakistan were five down with 185 on the board when Umar Akmal, facing just his second ball, picked out David Hussey at deep mid-wicket.

Boundaries continued to be difficult to come by but wickets were starting to come in abundance as Pakistan continued to get themselves out.

Misbah-ul-Haq (25), holed out to David Warner at long off off Starc, before four balls later Kamran Akmal departed bowled, to become Starc's fourth victim.

Pakistan finally found the boundary - the first in 41 balls - in the last over as Abdur Rehman scooped Daniel Christian to the boundary.

In reply Australia started quickly as big-hitting Warner hit consecutive fours off Khan in the second over before launching Rehman for a maximum.

David Hussey followed suit the next over as he smashed two sixes off Hafeez.

Pakistan picked up the wicket of Warner (21) in the eighth after he mis-timed off Rehman to pick out substitute fielder Shoaib Malik.

Clarke kept the runs flowing and they were going nicely at 87 for one from 17 before the skipper was stumped off a wide down leg side after making 32.

David Hussey added one more six before he departed for 43, with the visitors on 105, after he found Rehman at mid-wicket off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal.

George Bailey lasted just six balls as he gloved to Kamran Akmal, attempting to sweep Ajmal.

Wade (22) was another who made a start before departing as Rehman squeezed one between bat and pad.

Maxwell looked assured when he joined Michael Hussey in the middle, the pair plundering 16 off Afridi in the 42nd over to leave the Australians requiring 23.

Hussey departed soon after, bowled playing across the line by Khan, and Christian (two) swiftly followed suit also at the hands of the paceman, but Maxwell kept his cool to lead his country home.

The 23-year-old right-hander finished with 56 from 38 deliveries, including four fours and three sixes, alongside Johnson (one not out).