Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Aaron Finch relieved after Australia edge out Pakistan

Aaron Finch relieved after Australia edge out Pakistan

David Warner scored his first century since returning from a ban as holders Australia ran out comfortable 41-run winners over Pakistan in the World Cup at Taunton on Wednesday.

Mohammad Amir dragged Pakistan back into the game with career-best figures of five for 30 in 10 overs but Australia still managed to post a challenging score of 307, which ultimately proved beyond their opponents.

After breaking the 146-run opening stand between Finch and Warner, the Pakistani seamer stood up to his skipper's expectations when the responsibility was handed to him.

Hassan unfurled some lusty blows, including back-to-back sixes off Richardson, as did Wahab, who was on course for a third ODI fifty until he was out caught behind off Starc after a successful Australia review with Pakistan needing 44 from 35 balls - Starc then castling Amir two deliveries later.

However, not his century but his approach after the game has left a fan feeling "awesome".

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That first over was a maiden and Amir bowled two in a four-over spell in which he conceded a mere 11 runs. India probably watched the Australia game very closely and know what needs to be done. A big hitting display of 32 (15) from Hassan Ali and 45 from Wahab Riaz combined with a laboured 40 from Sarfaraz Ahmad to give Pakistan a glimmer of hope.

"That's the big improvement in my game in the last couple of years, the ability to hold a length and make it hard to get runs", said Cummins.

Roared in by chants of "Amir, Amir" from the Pakistan fans in the crowd, the left-arm quick was on target right from the first ball of the match, beating Australia captain Aaron Finch's outside edge. It looked a poor decision as Finch and Warner clattered the ball around - helped by poor fielding. Batting first, Australia were led by David Warner, who recently returned to global cricket after a year long ban. Both the batsmen scored half-centuries, with Rohit also becoming the fourth batsman to score 2,000 runs in ODIs against Australia.

"It goes to show that everyone can bat these days", said Cummins, who bowled impressively for his 3-33.

Amir was the star as his five wickets included the scalps of Finch, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey.

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