The match between Australia and Pakistan was a highly anticipated clash, with both teams vying for a top-four spots in the tournament. Australia won the toss and elected to bat, and their openers made the most of the opportunity.
Warner and Finch were in imperious form, taking the Pakistani bowlers to the cleaners. They reached their respective centuries in quick time and continued to pile on the runs.
In reply, Pakistan was never really in the hunt. The victory was Australia’s fifth in six matches in the tournament, and they are now in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals.
Warner and Finch lay the foundation for victory.
The key to Australia’s victory was the superb performance of their openers. Warner and Finch put on a masterclass in batting, taking the Pakistani bowlers apart. They were particularly severe on the spinners, who were unable to get any purchase on the pitch.
Warner’s innings was a typically aggressive one, with the left-hander playing his shots all around the ground. He reached his century off just 82 balls and continued to score at a rapid pace until his dismissal. Finch, on the other hand, played a more measured innings.
The partnership between Warner and Finch was the highest opening partnership in Cricket World Cup history, and it laid the foundation for Australia’s victory.
Zampa spins Pakistan out of the game
After the Australian openers had done their job, it was up to the bowlers to finish the job. And they did so in style, with Adam Zampa leading the way.
Zampa took 5 wickets for 35 runs, as he spun Pakistan out of the game. The leg-spinner was able to get good turn and bounce from the pitch, and he was too good for the Pakistani batsmen.
Zampa’s wickets came at crucial stages, and he was instrumental in restricting Pakistan to a below-par total.
Warner reaches his century.
Warner was the first to reach his century, off just 98 balls. He continued to bat aggressively, and by the time he was dismissed for 166 in the 45th over, he had hit 19 fours and 6 sixes.
Finch completes his 150.
Finch was more circumspect in his approach, but he still managed to reach his 150 off 140 balls. He hit 16 fours and 2 sixes in his innings and was unbeaten on 158 when the Australian innings came to a close.
Warner was the star of the show, playing one of the most destructive innings of the tournament so far. He was clinical in his shot selection, and he punished any loose deliveries from the Pakistani bowlers. He reached his 150 in just 127 balls, and he was eventually dismissed for 166 off 147 balls.
Finch’s solid support
Finch did not quite match Warner’s brilliance, but he still played a vital role in the Australian victory. He was more watchful than his partner, but he was still able to score at a good pace. He reached his 50 in 63 balls, and he eventually finished on 159 off 135 balls.
Australia’s victory over Pakistan was a comprehensive one. The openers laid the foundation with a big partnership, and the bowlers then finished the job. Australia is now in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup.