Australia v Pakistan 3rd ODI – Statistical Highlights

Shoaib Malik of Pakistan v Australia
Shoaib Malik of Pakistan shakes hand with Steve Smith of Australia after losing game. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s happiness of ending their losing streak against Australia in Australia didn’t last long as they succumb to a 7-wicket loss at their happy hunting venue Perth. After being put into bat, Pakistan did get a good start and looked towards a big finish but a poor show post 30 overs cost them as they could only post 263/7 in their 50 overs.

Australia lost a couple of early wickets but captain Steve Smith with a century took his team home along with debutant Peter Handscomb. Here we look at all the stats and records recorded during the game.


1 – Mohammad Hafeez became the first spinner in history to bowl the first over of an innings in International cricket at the Perth.

3 – This is Australia’s 3rd consecutive ODI win against Pakistan at Perth. Prior to it, Pakistan all the four games they played against Australia at this venue.

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5 – Peter Handscomb is now only the 5th Australian to score fifties on Test and ODI debut. Kepler Wessels, Michael Slater, Shaun Marsh and Phil Hughes are the other 4.

10 – Catches taken by Mohammad Rizwan in this series so far, the most by a Pakistani keeper in a bilateral series. He is in fact the first Pakistan keeper to take 10 catches in a bilateral ODI series.

21 – Innings taken by Babar Azam for completing 1000 runs in ODIs, the joint fastest player. He has equaled Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Quinton de Kock by taking just 21 innings for the milestone.

79 – Innings taken by Steven Smith to complete 3000 runs in ODIs, the fewest by an Australian. Michael Bevan and George Bailey took 80 innings.

82 – Runs scored by Peter Handscomb in this game, the 3rd most by any debutant batting at No.4. Overall, there are only 5 scores greater than Handscomb by players on debut at No.4 or lower in ODIs.

82 – Peter Handscomb’s 82 is the 3rd highest score by an Australian on debut. Phillip Hughes scored 112 in 2013 while Phil Jaques scored 94 in 2006.

183 – The 183-run stand between Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb is the highest for any wicket to include a debutant. Robin Uthappa shared a 166-run stand with Rahul Dravid in 2006 vs England on his ODI debut.

183 – Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb stand of 183 runs for the 3rd wicket is the 3rd highest for any wicket for Australia against Pakistan in ODIs. Highest is 197 in 2009 at Abu Dhabi by Michael Clarke and Shane Watson also for the 3rd wicket.