Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (C) runs between the wickets past Australia's Glenn Maxwell. Photograph: AFP
Jun 12, 2019, 10.32 PM
Australia win by 41 runs
Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs in Taunton on Wednesday after David Warner hit his first international century following his return from a ball-tampering ban.
Australia, batting first, were dismissed for 307 in 49 overs and Pakistan were bowled out for 266 in 45.4 overs.
After winning the toss, Pakistan's skipper elected to field first but the bowlers failed to take advantage on an overcast morning at southwest county Somerset's headquarters apart from Mohammad Amir.
Amir took a one-day international best five for 30 but other bowlers were simply ineffective.
For Australia, David Warner made his first international century since completing a ball-tampering ban in Australia's total of 307.
Australia looked set for a huge total in Taunton while Warner and captain Aaron Finch (82) were sharing a first-wicket stand of 146, the highest partnership for any wicket at this World Cup to date.
But left-arm quick Amir dragged Pakistan back into the game, returning figures that surpassed his previous best of 4-28 and are the best in the tournament so far.
Both Warner and Steve Smith, also returning from a year-long ban for ball-tampering, had been jeered by fans in previous games but Pakistan fans largely heeded an appeal from captain Sarfaraz Ahmed not to boo the pair, preferring to roar chants of "Amir!, Amir!".
Amir started with a probing maiden, one of two in an initial four-over spell that cost a mere 11 runs.
Finch should have been out for 26 when he edged Wahab Riaz, only for first slip Asif Ali to floor a head-high catch.
He was dropped again on 44 when wicketkeeper Sarfaraz could not hold a tough chance following an edged cut off Mohammad Hafeez's second ball.
Finch cashed in, hitting off-spinner Hafeez for two successive fours as he completed a 63-ball fifty.
The skipper then hoisted Hafeez for two legside sixes in as many balls but he gave his wicket away when he miscued a big shot immediately upon Amir's return, with Hafeez taking a fine catch running back from cover.
Smith (10) holed out off Hafeez before Glenn Maxwell (20), promoted up the order to number four, was clean bowled going for a booming drive off Shaheen to leave Australia 223 for three.
Warner completed his 15th one-day international hundred when an outside edge off Shaheen flew past Asif at slip for his 11th four in 102 balls and he leapt in the air in celebration.
But he was out soon afterwards, caught at deep point by Imam-ul-Haq off Shaheen, having gone past fifty for the third time in four innings at this World Cup.
Batsmen Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey all fell to Amir, who ended the innings with an over to spare when tailender Mitchell Starc holed out.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.31 PM
Last wicket gone, Sarfaraz run out and Australia win this contest.
Sarfaraz scored 40 runs.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.27 PM
Mitchell Starc delivers what is needed at this moment.
2 wickets and gave just 3 runs.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.25 PM
Mohammad Amir out, he departs on a duck.
Although he was good with the ball but it was not his day with bat.
Next batsman is Shaheen Afridi.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.23 PM
Wahab Riaz out... What a wicket it was, UNPREDICTABLE...
On-field umpire gives no-out, Finch asks for a review. And guess what... a little spike in the ultra edge replay signals that Riaz must depart...
He played brilliantly though, scoring 45 off 39 balls.
Next batsman is Mohammad Amir.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.19 PM
Kane Richardson is back into attack and he gives 6 runs from the over.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.14 PM
Mitchell Starc comes back into attack and give just 3 runs.
A good over for Aussies.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.13 PM
Wahab Riaz is on fire...He is hitting big shots to pull down the asking rate.
Total 11 runs from Coulter-Nile's 9th over.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.05 PM
P3 has started, which means 5 players can be outside the circle.
Maxwell comes back into attack and delivered an expensive over.
14 runs from the over.
Jun 12, 2019, 10.00 PM
Pat Cummins' spell has ended.
He gives 2 runs in this over.
His bowling figure today is 10-0-33-3.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.56 PM
Nathan Coulter-Nile comes back into attack.
Total 11 runs from the over that includes one sixer by Wahab Riaz.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.54 PM
A brilliant over by Pat Cummins, just 3 runs from this spell.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.49 PM
Starc's 7th over and he gives 7 runs from the over.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.45 PM
Pat Cummins comes back into attack and gives just 2 runs.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.40 PM
Mitchell Starc comes back into attack.
5 runs from the over.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.35 PM
A good over from Kane Richardson.
1 wicket and gave 9 runs.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.34 PM
Kane Richardson strikes again!
He takes Hasan Ali's wicket.
Hasan scored 32 runs off 15 balls.
Next batsman is Wahab Riaz.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.27 PM
Maxwell from the other end.
A total of 9 runs from the over.
1 sixer and three singles.
It's time for drinks break.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.26 PM
Kane Richardson's 6th spell, which is little expensive at this moment.
2 sixers and 1 single and 1 extra.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.23 PM
Glenn Maxwell comes back into attack.
8 runs from the over.
1 boundary, three singles and 1 extra.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.07 PM
Shoaib Malik departs on a duck... Australia are definetely dominating here in this game.
Pat Cummins takes this wicket.
Next batsman is Asif Ali.
After 28 overs, the score is 149/5.
Jun 12, 2019, 09.03 PM
Aaron Finch takes a wicket, yes, was the skipper, who is known for his splendid batting, is bowling the 27th over.
He takes the most important wicket at this moment as he sends Mohammad Hafeez back to the pavilion.
Hafeez scored 46 off 49.
Pakistan are 146/4 after 27 overs.
Shoaib Malik is the next batsman.
Jun 12, 2019, 08.55 PM
Pat Cummins gets a massive breakthrough as he takes Imam-ul-Haq's wicket.
Imam-ul-Haq departs after scoring 53 off 75 balls.
Australia needed this wicket at this moment.
Next batsman is the skipper himself, Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Jun 12, 2019, 08.52 PM
Fifty up for Imam-ul-Haq!
It's his sixth half-century of his career and first of this World Cup.
Chasing 308 to win, Pakistan are 136-2.
Jun 12, 2019, 08.46 PM
Jun 12, 2019, 08.17 PM
Pakistan are 97/2 after 18 overs.
It's time for the drinks break.
Jun 12, 2019, 08.04 PM
Another wicket...Nathan Coulter-Nile to Babar Azam, caught out by Kane Richardson.
Babar Azam scored 30 runs off 28.
Next batsman is Mohammad Hafeez.
Pakistan are 60/2 after 12 overs.
Jun 12, 2019, 07.45 PM
Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam have soaked a lot of pressure after Zaman's wicket.
Pakistan are 40/1 after 8 overs.
Jun 12, 2019, 07.22 PM
Pat Cummins has broken through, he gets Fakhar Zaman wicket.
Zaman departs on a duck.
That's a huge loss for Pakistan in this massive run-chase.
Next batsman is Babar Azam.
Jun 12, 2019, 07.09 PM
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman start the run chase.
Jun 12, 2019, 06.44 PM
Australia post 308-run target against Pakistan.
Jun 12, 2019, 06.42 PM
Amikr strikes again, and it's a 5-wicket haul for him in this World Cup.
Mitchell Starc out and with this, Australian the entire team is all out.
Starc scored 3 runs.
Jun 12, 2019, 06.40 PM
Alex Carey falls for 20, next batsman is Kane Richardson.
Mohammad Amir gets this wicket.
Jun 12, 2019, 06.27 PM
Hasan Ali gets a wicket in his last spell of the match.
Pat Cummins out as wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed takes an easy catch.
Next in is Mitchell Starc.
Jun 12, 2019, 06.25 PM
Nathan Coulter-Nile out after scoring 2 runs.
Wahab Riaz, finally, gets a wicket in this match.
Next batsman is Pat Cummins.
Australia are 300/7 after 47 runs.
Jun 12, 2019, 06.14 PM
Mohammad Amir strikes again...
Shaun Marsh out after scoring 23 runs.
Next bastman is Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Australia are 291/6 after 45 overs.
Jun 12, 2019, 06.04 PM
Amir gets another wicket as takes Usman Khawaja's wicket.
Khawaja scored 18 runs.
Next batsman is Alex Carey.
Australia are 278/5 after 43 overs.
Jun 12, 2019, 05.57 PM
David Warner departs to Shaheen – a big swing finds the safe hands of Imam-ul-Haq.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019
Nonetheless, a brilliant display from Australia's left-handed opener. #CmonAussie#AUSvPAK LIVE 👇 https://t.co/eEmVwQQPYP pic.twitter.com/l4Iea0hB5B
After 41 overs, the score is 269/4.
Jun 12, 2019, 05.47 PM
David Warner losses his wicket to Shaheen Afridi.
Afridi to Warner, caught out by Imam-ul-Haq.
He departs after scoring 107 runs off 111 balls.
Next batsman is Usman Khawaja.
After 38 overs, the score is 243/4.
Jun 12, 2019, 05.36 PM
David Warner completes century.
It's his 15th ODI hundred, which Warner celebrated by jumping and taking off his helmet.
Jun 12, 2019, 05.27 PM
Shaheen Afridi to Glenn Maxwell, clean bowled.
He scored 20 runs off 10 ball.
Next batsman is Shaun Marsh.
Jun 12, 2019, 05.11 PM
Mohammad Hafeez sends Steve Smith back to the pavilion.
Smith scored 10 runs off 13 balls.
Next batsman is Glenn Maxwell.
Jun 12, 2019, 04.54 PM
After 25 overs, Australia are 165/1.
Jun 12, 2019, 04.41 PM
Aaron Finch out after scoring 82 runs.
Mohammad Amir gets the breakthrough.
Next batsman is Steve Smith.
Australia are 149/1 after 23 overs.
Jun 12, 2019, 04.38 PM
It just gets better and better for Australia.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019
David Warner gets to his third half-century of #CWC19 – it's come from 51 balls. #CmonAussie#AUSvPAK LIVE 👇 https://t.co/eEmVwQQPYP pic.twitter.com/ubZATRTO3U
Aaron Finch completes his half-century.
Warner's third fifty of this World Cup.
Jun 12, 2019, 04.27 PM
20 overs are gone, Pakistan are still trying to get a breakthrough.
After 20 overs, the score is 122/0.
Jun 12, 2019, 04.14 PM
Fifty up for Finch!
Australian skipper Aaron Finch completes his half-century.
Australia crosses 100-run mark, they are 107/0 after 17 overs.
It's time for drinks break...
Jun 12, 2019, 04.05 PM
Australia are 87/0 after 15 overs.
Jun 12, 2019, 03.58 PM
Pakistan have failed to use the advantage to bowling first. No wickets yet on a pitch which is offering quite a a lot.
Jun 12, 2019, 03.29 PM
After 5 overs, Australia are 27/0.
So far, Mohammad Amir has bowled two maiden overs.
Jun 12, 2019, 03.10 PM
After singing the national anthem, Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner have arrived at the crease.
Mohammad Amir will launch Pakistan's bowling attack.
...and the match begins.
Jun 12, 2019, 03.01 PM
The day is expected to be a dry and cloudy in the start, but chances of rain thereafter might result in a shortened game.
While the pitch might offer some assistance for fast bowlers early in the day, captains would be tempted to field first.
Jun 12, 2019, 02.59 PM
Stats and Facts:
In last five years, the ODI head-to-head records between Australia and Pakistan has been dominated by Aussies.
Australia won 14 clashes and Pakistan won one.
Jun 12, 2019, 02.35 PM
Pakistan win the toss and elect to field first against Australia.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson
Jun 12, 2019, 02.06 PM
Mohammad Amir will hope to enjoy another landmark occasion at Taunton when Pakistan face Australia there in a World Cup match on Wednesday.
The group fixture at southwest county Somerset's headquarters sees Amir back at the ground where he made his return to first-class cricket in England three years ago.
Amir was the rising star of world cricket when his career came to a stunning halt during a Lord's Test in 2010 after both he and new-ball partner Mohamed Asif were caught bowling no-balls on the orders of then Pakistan captain Salman Butt as part of a newspaper sting operation.
The trio all received five-year bans from cricket and jail terms.
That same 2010 season had seen Amir produce a superb display of swing bowling in taking three for 20 as Pakistan dismissed Australia for just 88 on the first day of a 'neutral' Test at Headingley.
Those skills remained intact as Amir marked his 2016 return to the first-class game in England in 2016 with a haul of three for 36 against Somerset at Taunton.
All three wickets -- including that of former England opener Marcus Trescothick -- owed much to late swing.
The intervening years have not been easy for Amir, however, and he almost missed what is his first World Cup after taking just five wickets in 14 matches before a recent one-day international series in England.
Amir did not bowl in the washed-out first match against England and missed the last four games with chicken pox. England won the series 4-0.
But having been left out of Pakistan's preliminary squad for the World Cup, the 27-year-old made it into the final 15.
His World Cup debut was a rare Pakistan highlight after they slumped to 105 all out against the West Indies, with Amir taking three for 26 in a seven-wicket loss at Trent Bridge.
He was in the wickets again at the Nottingham ground, but this time in a winning cause, with two for 67 as Pakistan surprisingly beat tournament favourites England by 14 runs last week.
But Pakistan's progress was checked by a total washout against Sri Lanka at Bristol.
Jun 12, 2019, 02.00 PM
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