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Australia tour of the UAE

Finch, Khawaja down listless Pakistan to make it 2-0 for Australia

Aaron Finch struck his second century of the series in as many games to lead Australia to another emphatic eight-wicket win over a listless Pakistan in the second ODI in Sharjah.

The Australian skipper smashed an unbeaten 153 off 143 balls -- his 13th ODI hundred and also his highest score in ODIs -- to anchor Australia's comfortable chase of a 285. The visitors reached the target in 47.5 overs to give them a 2-0 lead in the five-ODI series.

Finch also scored 116 in Australia's eight-wicket win in the first ODI on Friday. He put on a solid 209-run opening-wicket partnership with in-form Usman Khawaja who made 88 of 109 balls.

Finch went past his top score of 148 against Scotland in 2013, in a knock that had six sixes and 11 boundaries.

Pakistan handed ODI debut to 18-year-old Mohammad Hasnain in place of hapless Mohammad Amir. The change further deepened the inexperience in the side with six of their key players already rested from the series.

The attack hardly posed any threat to Finch and Khawaja. Finch completed his hundred with a couple off Hasnain on his 97th ball. This is the second time Finch has scored consecutive hundreds. He scored consecutive hundreds against England in Australia early 2018.

Khawaja fell to Yasir Shah for 88 with 76 needed while Glenn Maxwell (19) smashed two huge sixes he was run out by Haris Sohail.

Earlier, batting first, Pakistan posted 284 for seven courtesy Mohammad Rizwan's maiden ODI century and skipper Shoaib Malik's 60-run effort.

Rizwan added 52 for the third wicket with Haris Sohail (34) and 127 for the fifth wicket with Malik.

Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq (0) on the fifth ball of the innings, bowled by Jhye Richardson.

Shan Masood (19) and Sohail took the total to 35 when Masood chipped one straight into the hands of short mid-wicket off Richardson.

But Richardson, who took 2-16 in his five overs, fell awkwardly in the outfield and left the field in the 11th over. Initial reports suggested he dislocated his shoulder and is doubtful for the remainder of the series.

Umar Akmal fell for 16, caught off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Rizwan improved on his previous best of 75 not out against Zimbabwe and completed his hundred with a single off 114 balls. He fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile to a boundary catch by Maxwell. Coulter-Nile finished with 2-52.

The third ODI will be played on March 27 in Abu Dhabi.

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