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Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia Survive Scare to Overcome Pakistan

Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia Survive Scare to Overcome Pakistan Photo: TT
David Warner Helped Australia Beat Pakistan

After two days of abandoned matches the World Cup returned with Australia beating Pakistan by 41 runs.

Pakistan won the toss in Taunton and invited Australia to bat first. It was a decision that soon back-fired, as the opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner put on 146 for the first wicket, although Pakistan did not help themselves by bowling too short, especially Shaheen Afridi.

The stand was dominated by Finch, who was dropped when he had scored 26, and it was a surprise when he finally fell for 82, skying a delivery from Mohammad Amir to Mohammad Hafeez. He had struck 4 sixes and 6 fours in his innings. Warner and Steve Smith put on 53 for the second wicket until Smith, who had scored just 10 of them, was caught by Asif Ali, with Hafeez the bowler. Glenn Maxwell came in looking to score quick runs, and he added 20 off 10 balls until he was bowled by Shaheen.

Warner then reached his 21st ODI before, having made 107, he was caught by Imam ul-Haq off the bowling of Shaheen for 107, having completed one six and 11 fours. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja then put on 35, before Usman became the next man to fall, caught by Wahab Riaz for 18, with Mohammad Amir the bowler.

Pakistan then got back into the match when Shaun Marsh hit Amir to long-on when he had scored 21, and he was caught by Shoaib Malik. And they enjoyed further success when Nathan Coulter-Nile fell two overs later, caught behind off Wahab Riaz.

The tail quickly folded. Pat Cummins was the next man to fall, caught behind off Hassan, and then Amir took the last two wickets to fall, Alex Carey who was lbw for 20, and Mitchell Starc, caught by Shoaib Malik. In the end, Australia were bowled out for 307, which was disappoint9ing given the start given them by their opening pair.

For Pakistan, Amir took 5 for 30.Pakistan did not have the best of starts in reply though, with Fakhar Zaman falling in the third over to Cummins, caught by Kane Richardson for a duck. Imam ul-Haq and Babar Azam added 54, but then Azam was caught by Richardson, of Coulter-Nile this time, for 30. Ul-Haq and Hafeez then added 80 for the third wicket, but then Pakistan suffered a collapse triggered by the dismissal of ul-Haq for 53, caught behind off Cummins.

The next man to fall was Hafeez who hit a full toss from Finch straight to Starc at mid-wicket, and was out for 46. Then, in the next over, Malik was caught behind off Cummins, with Ali departing in similar fashion to Richardson soon afterwards.

Sarfaraz and Hassan shared a stand of 40 for the seventh wicket but, having struck 3 sixes, Hassan was caught by Khawaja off Richardson. Then the momentum swung Pakistan’s way as Sarfaraz and Wahab put on 64 for the 8th wicket, and Pakistan looked like they might pull off the win, until Wahab was caught behind off Starc for 45, after a review. He had hit 3 sixes.

Two balls later, Starc bowled Amir and Australia had wrested control back, with their victory confirmed when Sarfaraz was run out for 40, after a fine bit of fielding by Maxwell. Pakistan in the end were all out for 266 in the 46th over.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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