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12:00 AM, March 28, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:16 AM, March 28, 2019

Australia romp to 3-0 lead

Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins broke through the Pakistan batting line-up as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match one-day international series with an 8-run win in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Zampa recorded his best figures in ODIs with four for 43 runs while Cummins took three wickets for 24 runs as Pakistan were bowled out for 186 runs, chasing Australia's mammoth total of 266.

Earlier, skipper Aaron Finch fell 10 short of his third consecutive hundred as the Aussies chose to bat first on winning the toss.

The right-handed opener scored 90 off 136 balls with five boundaries and a six to anchor Australia after light rain delayed the start by 15 minutes at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Finch, who scored 116 and 153 not out in Australia's eight wicket wins in the first two matches -- could have been the first Australian to score three hundreds in as many ODIs.

Glenn Maxwell (55-ball 71 with eight boundaries and a six) gave the total its final touches. Finch holed out to leg-spinner Yasir Shah in the 42nd over but he had once again built the innings.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Australia: 266 for 6 in 50 overs (Finch 90, Handscomb 47, Maxwell 71, Carey 25 not out; Wasim 1-34, Sohail 1-35)

Pakistan: 186 all out in 44.4 overs (Imam 46, Imad 43, Umar 36; Zampa 4-43, Cummins 3-24)

Result: Australia won by 80 runs to lead the series 3-0.

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