Wade ton hands Aussies 1-0 lead

13 January 2017

Australia's bowlers brilliantly back up Matthew Wade's maiden ODI century as the hosts cruise to victory at the Gabba

Australia v Pakistan ODIs, First ODI


The match in a tweet: Wonderful Wade hands Aussies a 1-0 series lead! Keeper-batsman rescues home side with a ton before Pakistan collapse in reply

The scorecard: Australia 9-268 (Wade 100no, Maxwell 60) beat Pakistan 176 (Azam 33, Faulkner 4-32) by 92 runs

The hero: Matthew Wade's maiden one-day international century was not only crucial to his side's victory, it was also a timely return to form ahead of the announcement on Sunday of Australia's Test squad for the tour of India. It was the left-hander's first half-century in 11 innings across all formats and an eye-catching reminder of his undoubted ability with the blade. Having walked to the crease with Australia in huge trouble at 5-78, Wade willed himself to his highest ODI score and then, with only No.11 Billy Stanlake for company, set his sights on three figures. He managed nine runs off the 48th over and then eight in the 49th to be 93 not out when he faced up to face the final six balls of the innings. A boundary from the second ball and a scampered two from the penultimate delivery brought him to 99 and he moved to three figures with a single off the final ball, a century just reward for a superb performance. 

Wade ton lifts Australia to 9-268 in Brisbane

The partnership: The diminutive Wade was unbeaten on 69 when he was joined at the crease in the 46th over by the 204cm Stanlake, who had just six runs to his name in domestic cricket before today. So it was no surprise that Wade took on the bulk of the scoring in the final overs as he chased down a memorable century. The last-wicket pair added an unbeaten 33 in just 26 balls, of which Stanlake contributed a single, to lift the Aussies to a match-winning total.

Stumps at the Gabba: Wade gets Aus out of a pickle

The stat: Wade is just the second Australian number seven to score an ODI century, joining James Faulkner, who hammered 116 from 73 balls against India in 2013. Wade's unbeaten 100 from 100 balls is also his highest score in ODI cricket, surpassing the 76 he scored against Sri Lanka last year.

The dynamic duo: Today was only the second time since Steve Smith returned to the ODI side in August 2014 that he and David Warner have both been dismissed for single-figure scores. In 43 innings together since then, they've both been dismissed for less than 10 just twice - today and against South Africa in Guyana last year.

Awesome Amir removes Warner, Smith

The allrounder: Having missed Australia's past 13 matches, Glenn Maxwell was thrown straight into the fire on his return today when he strode to the crease at 4-67 in the 13th over. With a spot on the Indian tour potentially up for grabs, the right-hander produced his trademark reverse sweep on more than one occasion, manipulating the field beautifully and looking set for an innings of real substance. However he perished on 60 from 56 balls, lobbing a simple catch to mid-wicket to end an 82-run partnership, at which point Wade took up the bulk of the scoring.

Maxwell marks return with solid 60

The catch: Mitchell Marsh pulled off a rare feat in The Gabba outfield tonight, spilling a two-handed catch and then pulling off a one-handed screamer in less than a second. Never in doubt, eh Mitch?

Marsh recovers to take classic catch

The debutants: It was a great day for Queensland cricket as Bulls players Chris Lynn and Billy Stanlake debuted in front of their home crowd, with Queensland legends Jimmy Maher and Carl Rackemann presenting the pair their ODI caps before play. Lynn had to negotiate a hat-trick ball from his very first delivery and channelled his recent KFC Big Bash League form with one massive six over long on, but he perished for just 16 attempting another big shot. Surprisingly, Stanlake's biggest impact in the match came with the bat. He survived six deliveries to guide Wade to a century and then bowled just three overs before the oppressive Brisbane conditions got the better of him and he left the field feeling unwell. He returned about an hour later but didn't return to the bowling crease and he'll be hoping for more of a chance in Melbourne on Sunday.

Lynn, Stanlake receive Aussie ODI caps

The rookie: Still in his first year as an international cricketer, Travis Head continues to show signs that he will be a feature in this side for years to come. His run-a-ball 39 in his first match at the top of the order was handy, but it was his bowling that impressed the most. The 23-year-old conceded just 28 runs from a tight 10-over spell with his off-spin as Australia squeezed the life out of Pakistan's run chase.

The injury: Azhar Ali has been a rare bright spot for Pakistan on this tour, but he cut a lonely figure tonight as he hobbled his way to just 24 from 48 balls. Opening the innings, the right-hander retired hurt on 12 when he appeared to suffer a hamstring injury and didn't move very freely upon his return when the sixth wicket fell. He was eventually dismissed by James Faulkner, one of four wickets for him. His participation in at least the next match on Sunday, and the rest of this series, is in doubt, but Azhar was optimistic he'd be right for the MCG clash when interviewed at the end of the match.

The wash-up: Both teams will head to Melbourne on Saturday for the second match of the series at the MCG on Sunday. Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik is expected to return after missing today's match with illness, while the Australians welcome back Josh Hazlewood to their squad after he was rested for the opening game.

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