WC 2019: Australia win by 41 runs despite Pakistan fight back

WC 2019: Australia win by 41 runs despite Pakistan fight back
Taunton: Australia registered a 41-run win over Pakistan in the 18th encounter of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Taunton on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s innings start was shaky and lost wicket without scoring, however, Babar Azam and Imamul Haq showed their class with crispy boundaries.

Pakistan lost six wickets only at 160 but later in the inning, Hassan Ali punched 32 runs only on 15 balls with the help of three sixes and three fours.

But the climax of the game was the partnership by captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz that put Pakistan on top and their 64 runs again live the Pakistan hopes.

Shaheen Shinwari was the last man standing when skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was run out for 40. It was a disastrous end for Pakistan as they are all out for 266 and fall short by 41 runs in the end. With this, Australia register their third win of the tournament.

However, after losing Wahab Riaz on 45 with two fours and three mighty sixes game turned again in slipped to Australian hands.

Pat Cummins took three while Michal Starc and Richardson grabbed two each.

Earlier, Australian openers set a solid start with the 146 runs partnership for the Australian innings.

Finch, 82, on 84 balls with the help of six fours and fours sixes set the platform for Kangaroos to set a huge target. Lager David Warner continued with his brilliant batting and posted 107 runs on 111 balls with the help of 11 fours and a six.

However, later part of the innings Muhammad Amir and Wahab Riaz restricted the Australian batting, Muhammad Amir grabbed five wickets only in the expense of 30 runs while Shaheen Afridi looked expensive and took two wickets with the cost of 70 runs.