David Warner, since his return to the international cricket following his ball tapering scandal, led Australia’s victory over Pakistan by 41 runs in a thrilling world cup match.
Warner’s splendid century and his team’s win made sure to make Mohammed Amir’s first ODI 5-wicket achievement to go in vain.
Warner, who scored 107 runs off of 111 deliveries, made his 15th ODI century and his first since he last had scored 124 runs against India back in September of 2017.
Australia had been at 232-3 for 35.1 overs but their batting order ultimately managed to fold out at 307 from 49 overs with Amir taking 5 wickets while giving away mere 30 runs. Amir’s performance was the best delivery by any bowler in the 2019 World Cup so far.
Amir started a comeback for Pakistan when he broke the 146 runs partnership between Finch and Warner during the 23rd over from where Australia went on to lose all of their wickets by making only 161 runs.
Pakistan suffered a major batting collapse as compared to their opponents as they stood at 132-2 and then 160-6. The third wicket stand between Imam Ul Haq and Muhammad Hafiz was ultimately broken by Pat Cummings who gained 3 wickets overall by giving away 33 runs.
After that Sarfaraz Ahmed held on for two brilliant partnerships with Hassan Ali and Wahab Riaz for 40 and 64 runs respectively. The Pakistani team despite their full effort was bowled out at 266 runs from 45.4 overs, majorly suffering the loss of Sarfraz by Glenn Maxwell.
As for Australia now, they are only behind the top team of the tournament New Zealand. Australia rebounded splendidly form their loss against India and have left Pakistani team with mere 1 win in their last 4 games. Pakistan will next face India for a thriller World Cup match on Sunday at Old Trafford.