Australia beat Pakistan by 50 runs in their fourth match at the World Cup. David Warner's first century since returning from his ban helped Australia to 307 after which the bowlers produced a clinical performance.
Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs in their fourth match at the World Cup. David Warner’s first century since returning from his ban helped Australia to 307 all out in 49 overs although they had looked on course for a much larger total. In reply, a clinical bowling performance led by Pat Cummins (3/33) helped the Kangaroos defend their total with ease.
Toss: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bowl against Australia
First innings: Sent into bat, Australia were off to a steady start with Warner and skipper Aaron Finch helping the team to 50 in 10 overs. Australia seemed headed for a mammoth total as they were 223/2 in the 34th over but Amir’s sensational spell (5/30) changed the complexion of the game. With the exception of the excellent Mohammad Amir, Pakistan’s attack struggled early on, not helped by woeful fielding.
Second innings: In response, Pakistan got off to a dreadful start as they lost Fakhar Zaman early. Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam tried to reconstruct the Pakistani chase but wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. However, a late partnership between Wahab Riaz and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed gave the Asian side a glimmer of hope, but it was snuffed out when Riaz fell for 39-ball 45. Pakistan were bowled out for 266.
Gamechanger: Pakistan’ woeful fielding was one of the main reasons why the men in green succumbed to a dismal loss against the Kangaroos.
Scorecard: AUS- 307 (49 ovs) | PAK- 220/7 (38.2)
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