Five-time World Cup champion Australia bounced back in the 17th match of ICC World Cup 2019 against Pakistan after being thrashed by India in their last encounter. Turning the tables around, Aussies beat Pakistan by 41 runs at County Ground, Taunton on Wednesday. With this successful win, Australia moved to the second spot at the points table whereas Pakistan is still struggling at eighth position.
Toss-winning team Pakistan elected to bowl first after which Australia seemed to look in full-fledged action. Star opener David Warner and captain Aaron Finch gave a watchful start to the yellow squad as they build a record-breaking partnership of 146 runs against the opponents. Though Finch missed his century in the match, Warner’s maiden hundred of this world cup helped Australia to set a target of 307 runs on board in the first innings.
Before losing his wicket to Mohammed Amir, Australian skipper bagged a total of 82 runs off 84 deliveries along with six brilliant boundaries and four towering sixes. While Finch’s partner David continued to light up the field with his incredible hits. Later in the fifth ball of 38th over Shaheen Afridi got his biggest wicket of the match as he dismissed David Warner after a commendable inning of 107 runs off 111 balls.
Finch and Warner’s departure from ground jolted Australia’s pace in the game and none of the batsmen from the squad could cross 23-run mark after them as Amir didn’t give any chance to Aussies after that. The 27-year-old left-arm pacer then took total five crucial wickets on his name in the game and stopped the Australian team’s efforts at 307.
In reply, Pakistan was able to make only 266 runs in 45.4 overs as attacking fast bowler Pat Cummins performed exceptionally well against the green army. He dismissed three players of Pakistan including Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik with his ruthless deliveries. Both the star openers Imam and Fakhar lost their wickets at the early stage of Pakistan’s innings. After which it became impossible for Sarfaraz Ahmed and team to make a comeback in the game against Australia. This led the Aussies to a remarkable victory in their fourth match at World Cup 2019.
That's the game.
Glenn Maxwell with an astonishing run-out to end proceedings. Wahab threatened to do something special for a brief period but the bowlers have done their job – it's a 41-run win for the reigning champions. #CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/xjGInDB7mI
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Australia will next lock the horns with Sri Lanka on June 15th at ‘The Oval’ stadium while Pakistan will face arch-rivals India on June 16th at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.