Australia clinch a thriller despite tail-enders special
Despite Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali’s cameo, Australia clinched a thrillng victory against Pakistan in Taunton.
David Warner was not his usual destructive self but a brilliant hundred, which also his first international century since completing the ball-tampering ban setting up Australia‘s 41-run win against Pakistan.
Australia looked solid after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed put them into bat first. Skipper Aaron Finch also played a good knock of 82 runs along with Warner. The men in yellow were looking well on course to set a 350+ total.
However, the unpredictable Pakistan comeback strongly yet again thanks to Mohammad Amir’s five-wicket haul. They bowled out Australia for only 307 runs in the end.
In reply, Pakistan’s innings ended at 266 in 45.4 overs but not before the duo of Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz gave the Australians a scare with their firing cameos.
Riaz smashed 45 off 39 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes, while Sarfaraz made 40 off 48. The side’s top-scorer though was opener Imam-ul-Haq (53), Mohammad Hafeez contributed 46 while Hasan Ali blazed away to 32 off only 15 balls before Mitchell Starc closed out the game at the death and secured a 41-run win.
For Australia, Pat Cummins was the most successful bowler with figures of 3/33 while there 2 wickets apiece for Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson. Finch also bowled 1 over and picked up the vital wicket of Mohammad Hafeez.
AUS 307/10 (49) | Warner 107, Finch 82 | Amir 5/30
PAK 266 (45.5 ) | Imam 53, Hafeez 46 | Cummins 3/33
Watch Maxwell’s run out here-
RESULT: Australia won by 41 runs