Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup match against Australia at Taunton Wednesday (June 12). Batting first Australia bowled out for 307 runs in 49 overs. In reply, Pakistan were all out in 45.4 over and scored 266. For Australia, David Warner who scored 107 runs was declared man of the match.
While Pakistan bowlers managed to bundle out Australia for 307, Asif Ali’s sloppy fielding display became the hot topic on social media. The Pakistani cricketer first dropped Aaron Finch at slips and then popped out a sitter at the third man providing David Warner with another opportunity to take on the bowlers. Warner went on to score 107 that took the Australian past 300-run mark.
David Warner scored his first international century since serving a year-long ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal in Australia’s tense 41-run World Cup victory over Pakistan. Warner, transformed from the man who struggled in Sunday’s defeat by India, busied his way to 107. With captain Aaron Finch also clubbing 82, Australia should have posted more than their 307 all out, only to lose their last six wickets for 30 runs thanks mainly to Mohammad Amir’s 5-30.
Hassan Ali hammered 32 from 15 balls and Wahab Riaz 45 from 39 balls to revive their vociferous fans, but after Wahab was given out caught behind on review off Mitchell Starc, Pakistan were bowled out for 266. Pakistan stay eighth in the 10-team table and move on to play arch-rivals India at Old Trafford on Sunday knowing that another defeat would go a long way to ending their involvement in the tournament.
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