Australia bounces back to winning way with some terrific performance against Pakistan in the ongoing Men's Cricket World Cup at the County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday. Mohammad Amir's career-best figures 5 wickets went in vain as Pakistan lost the match by 41 runs. Let us have highlights between Australia and Pakistan in the World Cup 17th match.
Sarfaraz Ahmed led Pakistan cricket team won the toss and decided to chase the target against the might Australian side.
Pakistan have gone with 1 change, Shaheen Afridi was included in place of Shadab Khan while Australia have gone with 2 changes, Shaun Marsh and Kane Richardson were replaced by Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa.
Kangaroos opening batsmen Aaron Finch and David Warner gave a solid start for the team as the duo scored 146-run huge partnership for the opening wicket.
Aussies skipper Finch scored 82 runs in 84 balls with 6 beautiful boundaries and 4 huge sixes into the stands before being out in Amir's bowling.
Another opener David Warner scored an awesome century 107 runs in 111 balls with 11 hits to the rope and 1 hit above the rope.
Remaining all the batsmen failed to score big runs on the board, Shaun Marsh posted 23 runs, Alex Carey scored 20 runs and Glenn Maxwell made 20 runs.
Mohammad Amir stole the show in Australian innings as he claimed 5/30 in his quota of 10 overs. All the Aussies batsmen struggled to face Amir with his swing bowling.
The Aaron Finch led Australia were bundled out for 307 runs. Except Amir, remaining bowlers Shaheen Afridi bagged 2 wickets, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez chipped a wicket each.
Pakistan openers started the chase on the worst note as opening batsman Fakhar Zaman got out for a golden duck. Another opener Imam-ul-Haq scored a half-century in 75 balls with 7 beautiful hits to the fence.
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq were got out in Pat Cummin's bowling in the 3rd over and in the 11th over.
The No 3 slot batsman Babar Azam scored 30 runs in 28 balls with 7 boundaries. Mohammad Hafeez made 46 runs, Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 40 runs and Hasan Ali posted 32 runs.
Veteran Shoaib Malik got out for a golden duck in Pat Cummin's bowling.
Wahab Riaz played very aggressively as Pakistan looks like win a match with Riaz's brilliant batting but luck does not favour to the lower order batsman. Wahab Riaz was caught by Alex Carey in Starc's bowling but the umpire didn't raise his finger. At that moment, Aaron Finch took a DRS review with 1 second left to take the decision.
Finally, Pakistan were bundled out for 266 runs in 45.4 overs. Pat Cummins (3-33), Mitchell Starc (2-43), Kane Richardson (2-62), Nathan Coulter Nile (1-53) and Aaron Finch (1-13) scalped 9 Pakistan wickets.
Australia: 307-10 (Finch 82, Warner 107; Amir 5-30).
Pakistan: 266-10 (Imam-ul-Haq 53, Hafeez 46, Sarfaraz 40, Wahab Riaz 45; Pat Cummins 3-33).
Player-of-the-Match: David Warner.
In the next World Cup game, Team India will lock horns with New Zealand at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on June 13.
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