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Records tumble as Aussies pile misery on Pakistan

David Warner and Travis Head shared an Australian record one-day partnership of 284.
David Warner and Travis Head shared an Australian record one-day partnership of 284. DAVID MARIUZ

DAVID Warner and Travis Head smashed career-best tons, records and Pakistan as Australia ran wild in a signature, 57-run holiday triumph at Adelaide Oval.

Travis Head (128 off 137 balls) cracked a breakthrough one-day century while featuring in Australia's record one-day partnership of 284, as opening partner Warner smahed 179 off 128.

Warner is a top-shelf showman at peak power - equalling Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar's five one-day digs exceeding 150 runs.

"It was nice to get a hundred in my hometown in front of friends and family and bat with David Warner. He is in great nick and did it again," Head said.

Pakistan added a 4-1 series loss to the 3-0 Test whitewash against Australia in its final game this tour.

Chasing Australia's highest Adelaide total of 7-369, the visitors managed 9-312 in 49.1 overs with late hitting from enigmatic Umar Akmal (46 off 40).

Aggressive opener Sharjeel Khan's (79) exit to Mitchell Starc (4/42) after a 130-run, second-wicket stand with Babar Azam (100 off 109) sabotaged Pakistan's chase. Exceptional Starc also knocked over captain Azhar Ali (six) and Mohammad Hafeez (three).

Babar struck Pakistan's first century of the series before skipper Steve Smith recalled Josh Hazlewood (1-74) to stop the top scorer - and a shot at an unlikely victory - in the 37th over.

No.5 Shoaib Malik (10) had retired hurt with a possible left wrist fracture courtesy of resurgent Pat Cummins.

Dual Allan Border Medallist Warner reinforced his stature as Australia's premier force with irresistible strokeplay including 19 rousing boundaries and five strikes into the sun-soaked stands in the best score by an Australian in Adelaide.

Warner averaged 71 and 73 in Test and one-day series against Pakistan this summer.

His fastest one-day ton and ninth since last January delivered the final blow to a demoralised Pakistan unit.

Warner eventually exited to Junaid Khan (2-61) - falling two runs shy with Head of cricket's highest one-day opening stand of 286 shared by Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga against England in 2006.

Warner - who joined Sir Donald Bradman in smashing a Test ton before lunch against Pakistan at the SCG this month - raced to his fastest ODI 50 off 34 balls and 100 from 78 then took 29 balls to reach 150.

Warner broke his own Australian one-day partnership record of 260 with Smith against Afghanistan during the 2015 World Cup in Perth. Warner and Head also surpassed a 246-run opening rampage between Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh against Scotland in Edinburgh during 2013.

While Warner stole the show, Head's maiden one-day international ton will prove a totemic milestone for a prodigy destined to become a Test and limited overs fixture. Head, 22, looked most comfortable opening in place of rested Usman Khawaja and could partner Aaron Finch against New Zealand in Auckland on Monday.

Left-hander Warner's 13th one-day century was an early shot across the bow, a month out from a subcontinent stoush with India. Warner will rest from the three-match one-day series against New Zealand before joining Australia's India tour preparation in Dubai.

Pakistan's substandard fielding continued to the end. Ali grassed a Warner flyer off Mohammad Amir from the first ball of the match. Amir dropped a skied sitter off Hasan Ali (2-100) from Warner on 130 in the 33rd over.

THE ADVERTISER

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