MELBOURNE: Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

It was for the first time in last 12 years that Pakistan beat Australia in their home ground.

After Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir took 3-47 to help restrict the home side to 220 all out.

The men in green tied Australia down with spin ─ changes in pace, cutters, pace off, change ups, all restricted Australia, according to ESPNcricinfo.

Pakistan Captain Mohammad Hafeez scored 72 and Shoaib Malik 42 not out as the visitors passed the Australian total with 2.2 overs to spare.

Australia made two changes to their team that beat Pakistan on Friday.

Chris Lynn was ruled out due to a neck injury and was replaced by Usman Khawaja and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood came in for Billy Stanlake.

Pakistan are missing their regular Captain Azhar Ali, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first ODI in Brisbane on Friday.

Without Captain Azhar Ali and Vice-Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who flew home due to his mother’s illness ahead of the first match, PCB had announced Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan’s stand-in captain.

Azhar Ali was replaced by Asad Shafique.

Based on clinical assessment, Azhar Ali is expected to recover quickly and return to play in Sydney and Adelaide in the fourth and fifth ODIs of the series.

Other changes include Shoaib Malik and Junaid Khan who have replaced Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Nawaz.

Pakistan’s stand-in captain Hafeez was awarded man of the match.

In the presentation ceremony after the match, Hafeez said, “We wanted to get that total on the board... We kept the pressure on. First with the ball, then at that stage [batting], we wanted to hit the ball for 3-4 overs.”

“This is the way to move forward. We take one game at a time, we were more focused with this. Hopefully... We will do the job for Pakistan [in the next game].”

He also thanked the crowd for their support.

Pakistan will play its next match against Australia in Perth on Jan 19, 2017.