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Pakistan ends its losing streak in Australia

It took 4,368 days for Pakistan to beat Australia in Australia. After 12 consecutive Test and 9 consecutive ODI defeats, Pakistan finally managed to triumph a game. Pakistan’s winning captain today was not even in Pakistan’s ODI squad but orchestrate a famous win Melbourne Cricket Ground, a land that made Pakistan, World champion. It was Muhammad Hafeez who has labeled Pakistan’s drought-breaking win. Pakistan's surprise six-wicket victory in the second ODI was their first against Australia in Australia since 2005, finishing a streak of 16 matches across all formats without a victory. Pakistan win over Australia shares a record-breaking landmark. In 32 years of MCG, it’s the first time, Pakistan managed to beat Australia after 9 defeats.

Nothing quite sums up the superb unpredictability of Pakistan cricket quite like the fates of Hafeez in the past two weeks.  Surely, it was a day of comebacks, first, one to discuss here is Pakistan’s stand-in captain Muhammad Hafeez who regained his position and led the green shirts to a memorable win. He hit a combating fifty to set up a huge six-wicket win when Pakistan was already one down in a five-match series. Hafeez was dropped on 55 by Cummins at deep cover and splashed 72 to set the target of 221 along with Malik’s 42. Hafeez came to command Pakistan cricket team when Azhar Ali injured his right hamstring in Brisbane.

The veteran played just four of Pakistan's 11 ODIs last year and wasn't even named in the initial squad for this series, but was added to the national squad a week ago after a request from Coach Mickey Arthur and Captain Azhar Ali, who was ruled out of yesterday's match with a hamstring injury. Vice-captain Sarfraz Ahmad also left the series earlier due to mother’s illness.

Shoaib Malik — one of the three replacements Pakistan made from the first ODI — shared 53-run stand with Asad Shafiq (13) to make sure Hafeez’s effort wasn’t in vain. Junaid Khan made his wonderful comeback and took 2 major wickets with the same pace while Aamir and Hasan Ali grabbed 3 wickets.

"It's a special, special blessing," the veteran said. "Everyone took the responsibility to do this job for Pakistan. In the last game, we had our moments, but we couldn't continue that pressure and that (chance) went away.”

Hafeez while talking to the media

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