WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jun 12, 2019, 01.58 PM (IST)
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.
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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