Dubai: Glenn Maxwell scored a quickfire 76 and with a good bowling effort from the bowlers, Australia won the 2nd ODI against Pakistan and also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
After a poor show in the first ODI, Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bat first. Pakistan openers Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Nawaz stitched a solid 126-run stand for the first wicket.
But once Shehzad was dismissed by Xavier Doherty, Pakistan innings witnessed a massive collapse and they were bowled out for 215 runs in 49.3 overs.
Australia got off to a bad start as they lost the wickets of Aaron Finch and Steven Smith for just 39 runs. David Warner was the next batsman to be dismissed at the score of 72. Since there on, skipper George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell stitched a crucial 85-run stand for the fourth-wicket partnership which turned the match in Australia's favour.
It was also a superb effort from the Australian bowlers who brought their team into the game after Pakistan dominated the proceedings with a century partnership for the first wicket. Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three wickets.
The third ODI is scheduled to be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on October 12.