(CTN News) – During the ongoing World Cup at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India, an impressive Australia team defeated Pakistan by 62 runs to secure their second successive victory.
A 259-run stand between Warner and Marsh helped the Australian team restrict the Green Shirts to 305 runs after they had posted a colossal 368-run target after posting a colossal 368-run target.
There was no doubt that Pakistan were off to a great start as their opening pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique struck 134 runs together – the first time a Pakistani opening pair had managed a century stand against Australia in a World Cup match.
Despite this, Abdullah was removed after scoring 64 runs due to a top edge he got on Marcus Stoinis’ delivery after scoring 64 runs. After the right-handed batter lost his wicket soon after, Imam, too, followed him to the pavilion for 70 runs soon after he lost his wicket.
As a result of an excellent catch by Pat Cummins, Pakistan were reduced to 154-2 in 23.4 overs, and were desperate for a big partnership to get back into the team.
Unfortunately, their skipper Babar Azam was removed by Adam Zampa after scoring 18 runs courtesy of an excellent catch by Adam Zampa.
In the course of the match, Pakistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals however, after the arrival of Iftikhar Ahmed, it looked like Pakistan would once again be able to get into the game as the 33-year-old was consistently hitting boundaries.
It was Adam Zampa who provided the much-needed breakthrough to the Aussies, as he dismissed Iftikhar and Mohammad Rizwan in back-to-back overs.
After scoring 305 runs in 45.3 overs, the Green Shirts were all out for 305 runs.
As Australia batted first, they posted a total of 367 runs on the scoreboard, which is the highest total against Pakistan in any World Cup game.
As a result of Warner and Marsh’s 259-run opening stand, Australia became the world’s first nation to have its highest opening stand in World Cup cricket as a result of that stand.
Pakistan conceded a partnership of more than 200 runs for the first time in their history of participating in the World Cup.
The opening stand was also Australia’s second-highest for any wicket in its history and the second-highest for any team in its history.
In the first innings Marsh scored 121 runs before Afridi dismissed him while Warner scored 163 runs – the highest individual score against Pakistan in World Cup cricket, beating Andrew Symonds’ 143 runs in 2003 – the highest score against any opponent in World Cup cricket.
The 23-year-old Shaheen Afridi starred for Pakistan with five wickets in the match, making him the most successful bowler at this year’s World Cup.
Playing a XI as a team
As for Pakistan, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf have been selected as players.
The Australian team is composed of David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (captain), Adam Zampa, and Josh Hazlewood.