Australia subdue inconsistent Pakistan

TAUNTON – Of their ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup 2019 conflict in opposition to Australia, Pakistan provided additional proof that they endure a extreme case of the Jekyll and Hyde syndrome. It made for an exhilarating cricket match.

In varied phases inside the match at Taunton on Wednesday, 12 June, Pakistan displayed their greatest in addition to their worst. Their worst proved too expensive, although, as Australia secured a 41-run victory, bundling out Pakistan for 266 in 45.Four overs.

After opting to bowl, Pakistan didn’t do justice to the situations, permitting Australia to money in on some poor bowling early on. Their lengths have been too brief, and sloppy fielding didn’t assist, with Asif Ali responsible of lacking two sitters. David Warner scored a century, Aaron Finch an 82, and Australia seemed good for lots greater than the 307 they managed.

Warner, who shared a gap stand of 146 with skipper Finch, smashed 11 boundaries and a six in his 107 as Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz’ resolution to subject after profitable the toss initially backfired.

That Australia have been restricted to that rating had rather a lot to do with Amir. He returned a fantastic 5/30 to surge to the highest of the match wicket-takers’ charts. Aside from the superb Amir, Pakistan’s assault struggled early on, not helped by woeful fielding, however when Warner sliced Shaheen Afridi to Imam-ul-Haq at deep level, Australia’s innings faltered.

When Warner, who was very good in posting a 15th ODI century, departed, Australia have been 242-Four from 37.5 overs however Pakistan restricted the harm with Amir in very good type.

Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali chipped in with vital wickets nevertheless it was Amir who virtually single-handedly dragged Pakistan again into the match. He eliminated Usman Khawaja (18) and Shaun Marsh (23) then had Alex Carey lbw for 20 earlier than wrapping up the Australia innings when Mitchell Starc flat-batted straight to Shoaib Malik. And going into the second innings, there was real hope surrounding Pakistan.

Nevertheless, as soon as once more, the inconsistent facet of Pakistan resurfaced. Fakhar Zaman didn’t hassle the scorers, Babar Azam seemed strong however needlessly holed out, and in mild of that, Imam-ul-Haq wanted to do greater than the 75-ball 53 he managed.

The center order collapsed, regardless of some large hits from Mohammad Hafeez (46), and for all of the optimism of a sizeable part of the followers, Pakistan seemed like they’d collapse with out a battle.

That was till Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahad Riaz got here collectively. One thing burned inside Riaz – because it has earlier than in opposition to Australia in World Cups – as he scored a 39-ball 45, connecting with every of his two fours and three sixes with a pleasant bat swing. He added 64 with Ahmed for the eighth wicket, and till the partnership lasted, Pakistan believed.

However it wasn’t to be. Mitchell Starc induced the thinnest edge off Riaz, and it didn’t take lengthy for the innings to be wrapped up.

POINTS TABLE

Pos Crew Performed Gained Misplaced N/R Internet RR Factors

1 NEW ZEALAND Three Three Zero 0 +2.163 6

2 AUSTRALIA Four Three 1 0 +0.570 6

Three ENGLAND Three 2 1 0 +1.307 4

Four INDIA 2 2 Zero 0 +0.539 4

5 SRI LANKA Four 1 1 2 -1.517 4

6 WEST INDIES Three 1 1 1 +2.054 3

7 BANGLADESH Four 1 2 1 -0.714 3

Eight PAKISTAN Four 1 2 1 -1.796 3

9 SOUTH AFRICA Four Zero Three 1 -0.952 1

10 AFGHANISTAN Three Zero Three 0 -1.493 0

Scorecard

AUSTRALIA:

A Finch c Hafeez b Amir 82

D Warner c Imam b Shaheen 107

S Smith c Asif b Hafeez 10

G Maxwell b Shaheen 20

S Marsh c Malik b Amir 23

U Khawaja c Wahab b Amir 18

A Carey lbw b Amir 20

N Coulter-Nile c Sarfaraz b Wahab 2

P Cummins c Sarfaraz b Hasan 2

M Starc c Malik b Amir 36

Ok Richardson not out 1

EXTRAS: (lb10, nb3, w6) 19

TOTAL: (all out; 49 overs) 307

FOW: 1-146, 2-189, 3-223, 4-242, 5-277, 6-288, 7-299, 8-302, 9-304, 10-307

BOWLING: M Amir 10-2-30-5; Shaheen Afridi 10-0-70-2; Hasan Ali 10-0-67-1; Wahab Riaz 8-0-44-1; M Hafeez 7-0-60-1; Shoaib Malik 4-0-26-0

PAKISTAN:

Imam-ul-Haq c Carey b Cummins 53

Fakhar Zaman c Richardson b Cummins 0

Babar Azam c Richardson b Coulter-Nile 30

M Hafeez c Starc b Finch 46

Sarfaraz Ahmed run out 40

Shoaib Malik c Carey b Cummins 0

Asif Ali c Carey b Richardson 5

Hasan Ali c Khawaja b Richardson 32

Wahab Riaz c Carey b Starc 45

M Amir b Starc 0

Shaheen Afridi not out 1

EXTRAS: (lb4, nb1, w9) 14

TOTAL: (all out; 45.Four overs) 266

FOW: 1-2, 2-56, 3-136, 4-146, 5-147, 6-160, 7-200, 8-264, 9-265, 10-266

BOWLING: P Cummins 10-0-33-3, M Starc 9-1-43-2, Ok Richardson 8.4-0-62-2, N Coulter-Nile 9-0-53-1, G Maxwell 7-0-58-0, A Finch 2-0-13-1

TOSS: Pakistan

MAN Of MATCH: David Warner

UMPIRES: N Llong, R Palliyaguruge

TV UMPIRE: Ian Gould

MATCH REFEREE: Andy Pycroft

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