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Smith hits century in Australia win

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Steve Smith struck an eighth one-day international hundred as Australia eased to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the third ODI in Perth, taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. 

Smith (108no), who cracked 11 fours and a six in his knock, was supported brilliantly by debutant Peter Hanscomb in a 183-run stand as he skippered his side to a successful chase of Pakistan's 264-run target.

Josh Hazlewood earlier impressed with the ball, taking 3-33, stepping up to lead the attack after Mitchell Starc was rested.

Australia put the visitors into bat first after winnings the toss, and it was Hazlewood who struck first, trapping Mohammad Hafeez (4) lbw.

Pakistan were hardly fazed by the early wicket, however, as Sharjeel Khan (50) raced through to a 47-ball fifty, and Babar Azam came in and top-scored with 84.

Two Travis Head (2-65) wickets in the space of four overs disturbed the innings before Babar again rebuilt, with Shoaib Malik (39).

But just as Pakistan got themselves into a strong position - 160-3 after 30 overs - a steady stream of wickets began to fall, and they added only 103 runs to their total in the final 20 overs.

Hazlewood took the key wickets of Babar - brilliantly caught by a diving Handscomb at deep midwicket - and Umar Akmal (39), while Pat Cummins (1-42) removed Iman Wasim (9) as Pakistan limped to 263-7.

In reply, Australia slipped to 45-2 as openers David Warner (35) and Usman Khawaja (9) departed within five balls of each other.

Both were out caught behind, with Warner first outside-edging Junaid Khan (1-58) and then Khawaja inside-edging Mohammad Amir (1-36) through to Mohammad Rizwan.

Australia could have been in even bigger trouble when Handscomb was out caught on nought, only to be recalled after replays showed Junaid bowled a no-ball.

Hanscomb's good fortune continued when dropped at point on 10, though even if the catch had been taken, the batsman would again have been called back as Junaid overstepped once more.

He'd make Pakistan pay for errors, reaching a maiden half century, and putting on a huge partnership with Smith, who went seamlessly through to a 97-ball century.

Hanscomb couldn't notch a debut ton himself, falling 18 short when top-edging a Hasan Ali (1-62) bouncer, leaving it to Head (23no) to hit the winning runs, with five overs to spare.

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