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Mike & Glenn star in victory

Sharjah: Michael Hussey and Glenn Maxwell hit fighting half-centuries to help Australia beat Pakistan by three wickets in the third and final one-day International, taking the three-match series 2-1 here.

Hussey scored 65 for his 39th fifty and Maxwell hit a 38-ball 56 not out to round off a challenging chase of a target of 245 in 47 overs spoiling Pakistan’s chances of beating Australia for the first time since 2002.

Opener Mohammed Hafeez top-scored with 78 in Pakistan’s fighting total of 244 for seven wickets after they were put into bat.

Hussey added an invaluable 51 for the fifth wicket with Matthew Wade (22) after Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal (three for 37) had threatened to wreck their rival’s batting as Australia were struggling at 108 for four.

Australia won the first match by four wickets here last week before Pakistan levelled the series with a seven wicket win in the second match in Abu Dhabi on Friday.