World Cup 2019: Australia defeats Pakistan by 41 runs

Australia defeated Pakistan by 41 runs in the World Cup, 2019 match played on Wednesday here in Taunton(England)

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Pakistan chasing 308 were all out on 266 as Batsmen played irresponsible shorts to the Aussie pacers.

Opener Fakhar Zaman was the first casualty this innings. He dispatched the ball straight into Kane Richardson’s hands at third man and returned to the pavilion without scoring any runs in the second over.

Babar Azam had struck up a partnership with Imamul Haq that saw the green shirts’ run rate inching towards ─ but still falling short of ─ the 6.39 required at the time. But he was sent packing in the 11th over when he sent a short delivery by Nathan Coulter-Nile straight to Richardson at fine leg.

With Azam’s dismissal, Coulter-Nile reached a milestone of 50 ODI wickets.

The comfortable rhythm Imam (53) and Mohammad Hafeez (46) had settled into was disrupted by Pat Cummins who got Imam caught down leg side in the 26th over with a delivery that looked like it would have been a wide.

Hafeez was caught out by Mitchell Starc one over later. It looked like the game was all but over when Shoaib Malik, who replaced Hafeez on the pitch, was sent back to the pavilion after facing just two deliveries.

Asif Ali managed to hang on for a couple of overs before being dismissed for five runs in the 30th over.

Sarfaraz and Hasan Ali (32) managed a brief partnership, but Usman Khawaja jumped in and spoiled it in the 34th over, getting Hassan to send Richardson a catch at fine leg.

Wahab Riaz scored 45 runs in a quick knock making the match interesting.

Warner, with 107 off 111 balls, and Finch, 82 off 84 deliveries remained the only two top scorers of the day as pacer Mohammad Amir took 5 breakthrough wickets, restricting the Kangaroos to 307. Besides Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi took 2 wickets while Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, and Wahab Riaz took one wicket each.

Pakistan, in their fourth World Cup 2019 match, opted to field first after winning the toss against Australia.

Both teams have so far played three matches each. Australia won two and lost one match, earning four points with a net run rate of 0.483. They are placed fourth on the Points Table while Pakistan went down to the eighth with three points and a NRR of -2.412 as they won their first, lost second and the third was NR.

Australia beat Afghanistan by seven wickets at Bristol on June 1 and West Indies by 15 runs at Nottingham on June 6 while they lost their third match by 36 runs to India at The Oval, London on June 9.

Pakistan lost their first match to West Indies by seven wickets at Nottingham on May 31, won the second by 14 runs against England at Nottingham on June 3 and the third match against Sri Lanka was rained off at Bristol on June 7.

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