AUSTRALIA’S nabbed a one-run win in Sunday’s dead-rubber third one-day game against Pakistan.
However, a bizarre catch taken by Steve Smith and Dave Warner limping from the field almost overshadowed the victory.
Smith top-scored with 77 in Australia’s 9-231 before Pakistan were bowled out for 230 after losing 2-0 in the 50th over in Abu Dhabi.
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Another hero was Glenn Maxwell, who took a double-wicket maiden in the final over for Australia who took out the series three-nil.
Earlier, Pakistan left-hander Fawad Alam had faced up to spinner Xavier Doherty during the 18th over and shaped to sweep, prompting Smith to sprint from slip to leg slip and take a simple catch.
Fawad remained defiant and stayed on the field until there was clarification from a match official before finally walking off without scoring, hitting the boundary rope with his bat in frustration as he left.
Meanwhile, there’s doubt as to whether Warner will be available for the first Test on October 22, after limping from the field during the 35th over after consulting with the team physio.
The opener, who rubbed his thigh before going off, may have joined uncapped allrounder Mitchell Marsh, who’s out with a hamstring injury, on Australia’s injury list for the Dubai Test.