Australia defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the 3rd ODI to take a lead of 2-1 in the series.

The crucial third ODI was played on January 19, 2017, at the WACA Ground in Perth at 8:20 am Pakistan time.

Final scores: Australia wins by 7 wickets.

Australia 265/3 in 45 overs. (Steven Smith 108*)

Pakistan 263/7 in 50 overs. (Babar Khan 84, Sharjeel Khan 50, Hazlewood 32/3)

Pakistan line-up is unchanged, two changes for the hosts, Peter Handscomb will debut.

Australia wins the toss and they will bowl first

The win in the second game has raised the morale of the Pakistan team, and this is for the first time in many years that the Men In Green have got a whiff of confidence in the fast paced Aussie pitches.

It was Pakistan's electrifying bowling blended with the right amount of pace and spin that shattered Australia in the previous match.

The visitors succeeded in wrapping up the innings of Australia for a paltry score of 221 in Melbourne, and they chased down this small total with six wickets in hand. For Pakistan, Mohammed Amir took three wickets, while Junaid Khan and Imad Wasim picked two wickets each.

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It was Mohammed Hafeez, the stand-in captain of Pakistan who led the chase of the visitors. The opening batsman scored 72 runs and was later named Man of the match.

Live telecast and streaming info

In India, the game will be telecasted live on Star Sports. The live streaming of this game can be enjoyed by visiting the official website of Star Sports or Hotstar.

Channel 09 and PTV Sports are telecasting the game in Australia and Pakistan respectively. In the United States, Willow TV will telecast the live actions of this game.

The live stream online can be watched at the PTV Sports website from 7:50 am onwards

Pitch and weather news

The track at Perth is known for the high bounce.

Both the teams will fill their teams with fast bowlers.

No rain is forecast for Thursday.

In a recent talk with the Press, Mohammed Hafeez told that he aims to break the batting lineup with the class slow bowlers in the side. But the pitch in WACA has traditionally been a graveyard for slow bowlers, and we should wait and see how the spinners of Pakistan will tame the Aussie batsmen.

On the other hand, Australia is solely dependent on the form of Steven Smith and Chris Wade. Mitchell Starc will lead the Aussie bowling department, and he will be given adequate support by James Faulkner.