David Warner delivered a composed century to help Australia overcome Pakistan in the 17th game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 played at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday.
Batting first, Australia posted a competitive score of 307 runs, courtesy splendid performances from the opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch. In reply, Pakistan lost the momentum after a decent start produced by Imam-ul Haq and Babar Azam. The green shirts could only score 266 runs to see Australia win the game by 41 runs.
Mohammad Amir was the standout bowler for Pakistan in this game. Left-arm quick produced excellent lengths on a wicket that certainly provided help to the quick bowlers. He finished with figures of 5 for 30 from his 10 overs.
Chasing 308 runs to win, Opener Imam-ul-Haq made 53 off 75 balls with the help of seven boundaries. He added 54-run partnership with Babar Azam to rebuild the innings for Pakistan. Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed Azam for 30 runs to see Pakistan lose their second wicket.
Mohammad Hafeez came to the crease and batted positively from the start against Australians. He added 80 runs with Imam to see Pakistan in a strong position to win the game. Pat Cummins came into the attack and dismissed Imam to see Pakistan lose momentum in their innings.
Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali perished for low scores to see Pakistan reeling at 160 for 6 after 30 overs.
Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali scored quick-fire cameos to see Pakistan take down to the wire. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 40 off 48 balls but it wasn’t enough as Pakistan were dismissed for 266 runs in 45.4 overs.
For Australia, Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/33 while Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson picked up two wickets apiece.
David Warner’s splendid century and Pat Cummins’ excellent bowling performance saw Australia beat Pakistan in a World Cup game played at Taunton
Earlier in the day, Pakistan Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to field first on a lively surface. David Warner and Aaron Finch got Australia off to a good start and added 50 runs in the initial 10 overs of the innings. Mohammad Amir bowled exceedingly with the new-ball while others leaked a lot of runs.
Aaron Finch put on a 146-run partnership with David Warner to lay down foundation for the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khuwaja and Steve Smith to play their natural game. Finch was certainly the aggressor and scored 82 off 84 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes.
David Warner notched up his 15th ton in limited-overs cricket for Australia. The left-hander scored 107 runs off 111 balls with the help of 11 fours and a six. Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh and Alex Carey chipped in with cameos to see Pakistan bowled exceedingly well in the later stage of the innings.
Due to Mohammad Amir’s five-wicket haul, Australia could only add 65 more runs for the loss of seven wickets in their last 12 overs.