Australia beats Pakistan by eight wickets in first ODI

Aaron Finch scored 116 to help Australia chase down a target of 281 in 49 overs. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb were both not out with respective scores of 91 and 30.

Shaun Marsh is congratulated by Aaron Finch after winning the first ODI match against Pakistan at Sharjah on Friday.   -  Getty Images

Aaron Finch fired a century as Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the first one-day international in Sharjah on Friday.

Captain Finch scored 116 to help Australia chase down a target of 281 in 49 overs. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb were both not out with respective scores of 91 and 30.

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Pakistan's total of 280-5 was built around by a maiden century from Haris Sohail, who shot 101 not out.

Sunday's second ODI will also be held in Sharjah.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan 280-5 in 50 overs; Australia 281-2 in 49 overs.