Ton-up Ben McDermott propels Australia to 348-8 in second ODI – Sport

Ben McDermott broke the first century to lead Australia to the huge 348-8 in a second day and night international match against Pakistan in Lahore on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old broke 104 108 balls in his fourth ODI, with Travis Head 89 hits and Marnus Labuschagne 59 after Australia went to bat on flat Gaddafi Stadium.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis added a finishing touch with a rapid fire 49 with 5 bounds and 6 bounds.

Pakistan’s Pace vanguard Shaheen Shah Afridi, who lost 88 points to a knee injury in their first ODI, provided the home team a breakthrough by trapping Aaron Finch before crossing the bridge without a goal.

Australia, however, scored at will as McDermott and Head added 162 of 144 balls for the second wicket, and they were easily bordered.

Head, who scored 101 points on Tuesday, hit five six and six quadruple, missed sweep leg spinner Zahid Mahmood and was caught by Shaheen on a short fine leg.

McDermott worked with Labuschagne to add 74 more, and from that stand spinner Khushdil Shah crossed the long-off boundary with 6 to complete 102 balls in the first century.

He was finally kicked out of the pacer Mohammad Wasim.

Sean Abbott took the overall to 28 with 16 balls, despite Alex Carey and Cameron Green dropping 5 points each.

Shaheen finished 4-63 and Wasim 2-56, but Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah conceded 95 runs on par 10 over.

The third and final match will also be played in Lahore on Saturday.

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