Pakistan secured their first One-Day International victory against Australia in Australia in 12 years following a six-wicket win over the home side in Melbourne on Sunday (January 15). In so doing, they levelled the five-match series 1-1.
Mohammad Hafeez was the highest impact player and batsman of the match.
Captaining the team in Azhar Ali’s absence (who has a hamstring injury), Hafeez led from the front as he shepherded the chase. He top-scored, contributing to nearly 33% of the target (72 off 104 balls), and his stay at the crease was highlighted by two partnerships (68 for the first wicket and 72 for the second). Hafeez’s innings had Chasing Impact too.
Imad Wasim was the highest impact bowler of the match.
The left-armer claimed two top/middle-order wickets (2 for 37 in ten overs). He was restrictive (Economy Impact), and his dismissal of Steven Smith gave him Partnership-Breaking Impact.
Smith finished as Australia’s highest impact player for his half century (60 off 101 balls), an innings under pressure.
It was a perfect display by Pakistan, as none of their players failed. Australia, on the other hand, had four such players.
Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.