The match between Australia and Pakistan at The Cooper Associates County Floor in Taunton turned out to be an thrilling one. In the long run, the Aussies, led by Aaron Finch, managed to garner their third victory of the ICC World Cup by 41 runs. Furthermore, the Males in Yellow moved to the second place of the factors desk with their third victory. Pakistan stored languishing within the eighth spot.
Australia crumble after a superb begin
Each Australia and Pakistan dropped their specialist spinner and roped in a quick bowler taking into account the overcast circumstances. Whereas Shaheen Shah Afridi obtained rather than Shadab Khan, Kane Richardson changed Adam Zampa. After shedding the toss and being put in to bat first, the Aussie openers- David Warner and Aaron Finch put their group within the ascendancy with a partnership of 146 in 22.1 overs.
Finch notched a half-century off 63 balls and was extreme on Mohammad Hafeez. Finch scored 82 off 84 earlier than falling prey to Mohammad Amir. Steve Smith had a uncommon off-day as Hafeez nipped him out for 10. Glenn Maxwell threatened with a 10-ball 20 after which Afridi ripped his poles aside. Warner obtained to his century off 102 balls, however Afridi prized him out within the 38th over to fizzle out Australia’s momentum.
Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, and Alex Carey scored 23, 18 and 20 respectively, however none might go and play till the very finish. In the meantime, Amir picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in ODI cricket and he conceded solely 30 runs in his spell apart from churning out a few maidens. After Warner’s dismissal, Australia huffed and puffed. The Males in Yellow might solely handle 65 runs of their final 11.5 overs.
Pakistan strive exhausting, however to no avail
Pakistan obtained off to a disastrous begin as Pat Cummins nipped put Fakhar Zaman within the third over for a duck. Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam tried to convey again sanity into the proceedings with a stand of 54 runs. Babar smacked seven wonderful boundaries to attain 30 off 28. Sadly, Nathan Coulter-Nile picked him up. Thereafter, Hafeez joined Imam within the center and so they added 80 priceless runs.
Simply when the duo was seeming to get the measure of the Aussie assault, Cummins accounted for Imam’s wicket after the left-hander scored 53 off 75 with seven fours. Hafeez seemed settled, however part-timer Finch dismissed him. Shoaib Malik had no clue about an in-swinging supply from Cummins, who picked up his third wicket. Asif Ali additionally couldn’t make an impression and have become Kane Richardson’s first sufferer.
Hassan Ali got here out firing on all cylinders and scored 32 off 15 with three fours and as many sixes. Richardson eliminated him within the 34th over. Wahab Riaz stored Pakistan’s hopes alive with 45 runs off 39. His knock was laced with two fours and three sixes. Nonetheless, Starc picked up Wahab after which Amir to nearly seal the destiny of the match. Sarfaraz was the final man to get dismissed at a rating of 40.
David Warner, the Participant of Tha Match, mentioned
After I obtained out, we had 70 balls to go. As a batter, you wish to bat 50 overs. We must always’ve been round 340-350, credit score to Pakistan’s bowlers. Their second spells have been excellent and so they made it exhausting for us. It was a used wicket; it was a tad dry and so they bowled very straight strains to me and gave me no width. There was a little bit of motion early on, so I needed to be quite a bit tighter. This century means quite a bit as a batsman. Some nice efforts from Pakistan. Our bowlers have been implausible however it was an awesome recreation.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, mentioned
Undoubtedly very disappointing. Misplaced three wickets in 15 balls from 140/three. To take positives, Hassan Ali batted properly, Wahab batted properly. Fought ultimately however couldn’t end it off properly. Besides Amir, others didn’t bowl properly. For me, this was a 270-280 pitch. To win matches, prime 4 has to carry out. Made runs however couldn’t convert. To win matches, prime 4 should rating runs. India-Pakistan is a giant match so we’ll strive our stage greatest.
Aaron Finch, the Australian captain, mentioned
Definitely did put us below stress. Guys like Hassan and Wahab are good strikers of the ball. Laborious to cease once they’re on a roll. Simply needed to bowl our greatest ball, whether or not it’s a size ball or yorker. While you’re barely off, on a small floor like this, you’re punished. Didn’t bat out our fifty overs which was disappointing. While you go along with an additional batter, you again the batsmen to do the job. Most likely tried to go a bit of too exhausting too early. It was a troublesome name to go away out Zampa. While you lose your all-rounder to harm, have to decide on one or the opposite. An additional batter or additional bowler. Went with the additional batter immediately. Backed Maxwell to bowl the overs. Was a troublesome name on Zampa. Has been bowling properly.