Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates getting the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne of Sri Lanka at The Gabba in Brisbane, January 25, 2019. Photo: EPA/Darren England

ABU DHABI – Australian skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat in the third one-day international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The tourists, who lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning both the first two games by eight wickets in Sharjah, brought in fast bowler Pat Cummins for Jhye Richardson who dislocated his shoulder on Sunday and has returned home.

Another fast bowler, Jason Behrendorff, replaced Nathan Coulter-Nile in the line-up.

Pakistan also made two changes, bringing in fast bowlers Usman Shinwari and Junaid Khan - for their first games of the series - in place of Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Abbas. 

The remaining matches are in Dubai (March 29 and 31).

The teams are:

Pakistan

Shoaib Malik (capt), Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Junaid Khan

Australia

Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff

Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)

TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)


Agence France-Presse (AFP)