Pakistan vs Australia Pak vs Aus: Disciplined show by the bowlers after David Warner’s sensational century guided Australia to a thrilling 41 run victory over Pakistan in the World Cup match at Taunton. Chasing 308, Pakistan were bowled out for 266 as Australia recorded their third victory of the tournament. For Australia, Pat Cummins finished with 3/33 while Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson took two wickets each.
Earlier, Mohammad Amir’s career-best 5/30 helped Pakistan bowl out Australia for 307. Riding on a superb century by David Warner, Australia were at one point of time looking to cross the 350-run mark, but late strikes by Amir restricted the defending champions from going big. Warner scored 117 while Aaron Finch made 82.
Pakistan’s decision to field first didn’t go as planned initially as both Australian openers demolished the opponent’s pace attack and added 146 runs for the first wicket. Amir gave his side the first breakthrough dismissing the Australian captain. Finch, who scored 82 off 84 balls with the help of six boundaries and four sixes, tried smashing Amir but got caught by Mohammad Hafeez at covers in the 23rd over. Steve Smith (10) then fell cheaply. Glenn Maxwell impressed with a fiery cameo hitting 20 off 10 balls taking the score past 200 before being scalped by Shaheen Afridi. Warner who smashed a brilliant century was also removed by Afridi. Shaun Marsh and Alex Carey chipped with 23 and 20 respectively. But Amir ripped through the middle order and tailenders and restricted Australia from posting a huge total.
Pakistan got off to a dismal start as Cummins dealt Pakistan the first blow dismissing opener Fakhar Zaman for a duck in the third over. Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq then tried to lift the side but Nathan Coulter Nile ended Azam’s (30) challenge. Mohammad Hafeez along with Haq then took the score past 100-mark keeping Pakistan afloat. But Cummins struck again to get rid of Haq after his fighting knock of 53. Skipper Aaron Finch then joined the party and dealt fourth blow to Pakistan sending back Hafeez (46). Very soon, Cummins claimed his third victim in the form of Shoaib Malik who gave an easy catch behind the stumps without even opening his account. Asif Ali also could not rescue the side and got dismissed by Kane Richardson after scoring just 5. Athe score fo 200, Richardson struck again to get rid of Hasan Ali after scoring 32. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz fought back for Pakistan, but Mitchell Starc struck at the right time to get rid of tee latter after 64-run stand.
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ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 26 June 2019
Australia 307 (49.0)
Pakistan 266 (45.4)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 17 ) Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs
Australia vs Pakistan Live Cricket Score Online, World Cup 2019 Live Score: In Malayalam
Australia win by 41 runs
ALL OVER! Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs to bounce back in style! Maxwell finishes it off with a brilliant run out. PAK- 266 all out
Australia win by 41 runs, but don't be fooled by the scoreline - this was a thriller!— ICC (@ICC) 12 June 2019
Pakistan were out of it at 160/6, only for Wahab Riaz's heroic 45 to drag them close. But in the end, Australia just held on.
What a game!#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/PUoV6TPIKY
BOWLED! Starc knocks over Amir for a duck! PAK- 265/9, need 43 from 32 balls with just one wicket in hand.
How will Australia finish their 5th bowler's quota?
They still have one over left. Will Finch gamble with himself or Maxwell right in the very last over? Or will he give one right now and leave it to his main bowlers in the remaining six? Interesting time of the game coming up
The equation for Pakistan-
48 balls left.
54 runs needed.
3 wickets in hand.
Can Pakistan do it?
SIX! Wahab Riaz is doing it here for Pakistan. He picks up the slower one early and slogs it handsomely over mid-wicket for a biggie. 250 up for Pakistan! PAK- 254/7 | Pakistan need 54 runs in 48 balls
Wahab Riaz is going big
Wahab Riaz is going all out! First a six of NCN and then targets Maxwell for a four and a six to start the 40th over. Pakistan get a move on! PAK- 244/7 | Pakistan need 64 runs in 54 balls with 3 wickets in hand
FOUR! Just wide of Steven Smith at wide first slip! Starc goes very full this time, around off and angling away, Riaz tries to play a booming cover drive but it takes the thick outside edge and flies past Smith's right for a boundary. PAK- 216/7
Party over for Hassan Ali!
OUT! Hassan Ali's cameo is over as Richardson picks up his second wicket! Australia can relax now. PAK- 200/7. Richardson bangs in a short ball again, it's around off and Hassan this time tries to play the cross-batted shot. But it takes the bottom half of his bat and flies down to Khawaja at fine leg. He makes no mistake
Hasan Ali's counter attack
Back to back sixes for Hasan Ali. ! Richardson digs in a short ball outside off, Hassan hooks it with all his power and clears mid-wicket with ease. Then hoicks the next delivery over long-on. PAK- 182/6 after 32 ovs
Pakistan are crumbling-
Asif Ali edges one back to the keeper as Pakistan slide from 136/2 to 160/6. The wickets are coming in a procession for Australia. It is on a length outside off and Asif looks to run it down towards third man. But the delivery is a cross-seam one and that perhaps generates extra bounce. Ali is clearly surprised and ends up fending it behind. Carey completes the formalities. 136/2 at one stage, 160/6 now.
Great catch by Alex Carey to get rid of Shoaib Malik for a duck! Cummins picks up his 3rd wicket of the innings. Carey dives to his left and takes a great catch behind the stumps. Never easy to catch off the inside edge. Cummins serves a good length ball around off and gets it to nip back into the batsman. PAK- 147/5
Shoaib Malik's ODI average in last one year is 29.42 and his overall average in England is 14.12. If Pakistan think they need an extra batsman in the team it has to be Haris Sohail, whose average in last one year is 49.00, including two 100s against Australia. #AusvPak pic.twitter.com/5su1532FIJ— Saifullah Khan (@saifullah1098) 12 June 2019
Imam in ominous touch
Smashing shot! Starc delivers a short ball around off, Imam stands tall inside the crease and slaps it past the right side of the point fielder for a boundary. Imam moves onto 44. PAK- 121/2
FOUR for Imam! The sweeper could have done better there. Short in length outside off, Imam crunches it off his back foot through cover-point and the ball races away. Cummins in the deep is slow off the blocks, tries his best to keep it out with a dive but fails. PAK -107/2
Can Pakistan spoil the night for defending champions?
Despite losing Fakhar and Babar earlier, Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez keep Pakistan in the hunt. Pakistan are currently playing on 107/2 at the end of 19 overs.
A huge blow to Pakistan as Coulter Nile gets the big wicket of Babar Azam. It was short delivery and Azam played a pull shot. However, the ball travelled straight to Kane Richardson near the boundary ropes.
Nathan Coulter-Nile bowls his first over
Nathan Coulter Nile has been brought in by skipper Aaron Finch to deal a blow to Pakistan. Nile gives away six runs off his first over. The score reaches 46/1 after nine overs.
40/1 after 8 overs
Richardson fails to get a breakthrough conceding 5 runs off his first over as Pakistan reach 40/1 at the end of 8th over.
Bowling change by Australia
Kane Richardson has been introduced to break the dangerous looking stand.
Babar, Imam at ease
Despite losing Fakhar Zaman early, Babar and Imam are scoring fluently. After seven overs, Pakistan were 34/1. Babar 16, Imam 17.
Imam opens up
Hitting three boundaries off Mitchell Starc's third over, Imam ul Haq take the score to 30/1 after six overs.
Two welcome boundaries
Babar Azam smashed two boundaries of the Pat Cummins' over to take the score to 18/1 after five overs.
End of the fourth over. Pakistan 10/1
Pakistan were struggling at 10/1 after four over. Babar Azam and Imam -ul Haq need to stay longer in this mammoth chase.
First blow for Pakstan
Australia all out for 307
Mohammad Amir, take a bow! Picks up the last wicket and finishes with a career-best 5/30 to help Pakistan bowl out Australia for 307 (49 ovs) Can Pakistan chase this down?
Australia eight down
Pat Cummins is caught behind by Sarfaraz. Hassan Ali has got himself a wicket too! Hassan Ali goes short and cramps Cummins for room. Cummins picks the wrong shot to play as he tries to upper cut it. Too close to play that and also does not have the pace to work with. It goes into the mitts of Sarfaraz Ahmed. No real celebration from Pakistan but they are doing a tremendous job here. Pakistan continue to fight back. AUS- 302/8
Pakistan are fighting back! Wahab Riaz picks up NCN for 2. as Australia lose wickets in a hurry. Wahab Riaz is amongst the wickets now. A very good catch by Sarfaraz this. Riaz goes full and on off, Coulter-Nile looks to go big but ends up playing outside the line. The ball goes off the inside edge, almost wrong-footed Ahmed who reacts quickly and takes a good catch falling to his left. Pakistan continue fighting back here. AUS- 299/7
Amir picks up his 3rd
GONE! Cross-seam delivery by Mohammad Amir and a top edge from Marsh lands straight into the hands of Shoaib Malik. Marsh holes out! Australia have lost their way here! Third for Mohammad Amir and Pakistan are into the lower-order of Australia. Third wicket for Amir and he has been the stand out for Pakistan. He bowls a length ball and it seems to be the slower one. Marsh looks to loft it over the long on fence but only manages to get height on it. Malik there settles under it and takes it.
Some harsh words for Pakistan
Dropped catches and misfields has cost Pakistan dearly.
I don’t mean to be disheartening but this fielding from Pakistan is rubbish!!— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) 12 June 2019
Mohammad Amir strikes
Mohammad Amir is back into the attack and he strikes in the first ball. Usman Khawaja is the man dismissed on 18 as Australia lose their 5th wicket. The ball was pitched up slightly outside off and Khawaja went for the drive. However, the ball goes straight to Wahab Riaz at mid-off, who's compensating for his team's earlier mistakes.
David Warner's magnificent innings come to an end as the left-hander walks back to the pavilion on 107 off 111 balls. The ball was almost pitched in the middle of the pitch and he mistimes his shot. The ball slices up in the air and Imam-ul-Haq takes a diving catch at extra cover.
Wahab Riaz is frustrated as Asif Ali puts down a sitter at the third man area. The ball went straight to him and many would depict it as a simple catch but the fielder still failed to hold onto it.
David Warner completes his 15th ton
CENTURY! Edge and the ball goes between the keeper and slips. Not the way he had thought off but it doesn't matter as David Warner completes his 15th ODI ton.
What a delivery
Shaheen Afridi cleans up Maxwell on 20. It was length ball going straight towards the stumps and Maxwell tries to push it down the off-side. However, the batsman fails to make a contact and the ball knocks the off stump.
Mohammad Hafeez strikes!
Mohammad Hafeez, who has been slightly expensive, so far gets his first wicket of the match as Steve Smith departs on 10. The Aussie batsman charged down the track but fails to time the ball as it goes high up in the air, barely crossing the 30-yard-circle. Asif Ali, who missed a catch earlier in the innings, runs after the ball and makes no mistake this time.
Smith goes!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019
The right-hander looks to smack it through the leg-side but edges it high into the off-side and Asif Ali takes the catch off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez. #AUSvPAK LIVE 👇 https://t.co/eEmVwQQPYP pic.twitter.com/Dr0q7itrc5
A poor delivery by Shoaib Malik and Warner makes the most of it. A length delivery and Warner goes to his backfoot and slices the ball over the long-on fence. A Pakistani supporter tries to catch the ball in the crowd and he also pops it out.
Pakistan lose their review
The ball pitches outside off and struck David Warner on the pads and Pakistan players are excited. They believe they've got their man but the umpire is not interested. However, Sarfaraz goes for a review and TV replay shows the ball's impact was well outside the line. They lose their review.
Pakistan finally get the breakthrough
Pakistan finally get the breakthrough and Aaron Finch who was causing more problem to the bowlers has to depart on 82 off 84 balls. Finch fails to read the slower delivery and gets a top edge while trying to play the ball across the line. The ball ballooned up and for a moment we believed that the catch would be dropped, looking at Pakistan's bad fielding, however, veteran Mohammad Hafeez keeps his calm and clutches on to the ball.