Australia took a 2-1 lead in the five-match One-Day International series with a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in Perth on Thursday (January 19).

Steven Smith was the highest impact player and batsman of the third ODI. The Australian captain walked in at the fall of David Warner’s wicket (44 for 1) and was immediately under pressure following Usman Khawaja’s dismissal (45 for 2). He was then joined by the debuting Peter Handscomb, and the pair proceeded to quash any hope the Pakistanis might have begun nursing, adding 183 for the third wicket in 29.3 overs before Handscomb was dismissed for 82 (off 84 balls). Smith, however, reached his century and ensured victory. He remained unbeaten on 108 (off 104 balls).

Looking through the impact sieve, it was a perfect innings as it ticked all batting impact parameters. Smith was the top-scorer and contributed nearly 41% of the target (runs tally impact), he scored quickly (strike rate impact), was under pressure (pressure impact), built partnerships (partnership-building impact) and saw out the chase (chasing impact) for the home team.

Josh Hazlewood was the highest impact bowler for his three top/middle-order wickets in a tight spell (3 for 32 in ten overs). He was also the third-highest impact player of the match, after Smith and Handscomb.

Babar Azam finished as Pakistan’s highest impact player for his 84 (off 100 balls).

In all, four Pakistanis and three Australians failed in the match. The visiting team had no answer to the high impact efforts of Smith, Handscomb and Hazlewood.

Scorecard

Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Steven Smith

100

Peter Handscomb

69

Josh Hazlewood

62

Babar Azam

48

Travis Head

43

Sharjeel Khan

34

Mohammad Amir

28

Mohammad Rizwan

25

Pat Cummins

23

David Warner

21

Umar Akmal

20

Shoaib Malik

19

Billy Stanlake

16

Matthew Wade

16

Hasan Ali

14

Junaid Khan

11

Usman Khawaja

3

Asad Shafiq

1

Glenn Maxwell

0

Mohammad Hafeez

-1

James Faulkner

-4

Imad Wasim

-5

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.​​