After two days of disappointed due to the interruption by the rain gods, the focus was back on the cricketing action in the clash between defending champions Australia and Pakistan at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton. The Australian skipper Aaron Finch led from the front by getting his team off to a great start at the top along with David Warner, who compiled a memorable century. However, Pakistan’s pace spearhead Mohammad Amir helped his team stage a brilliant comeback in the second half of the first innings, picking up a remarkable five-wicket haul.
Finch and Warner combine together to put up a century stand
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl first as he reckoned that the pitch has a bit of grass and moisture which will provide assistance to his bowlers. However, the two Australian openers, Aaron Finch and David Warner came out with some different plans in their minds. Both of them started bashing the Pakistani bowlers from the very first over and brought up the half-century partnership in just the ninth over. They continued to attack the opposition bowlers and stitched a fabulous stand of 146 runs for the opening wicket.
Aussie skipper Aaron Finch was looking quite good and was well set to reach a century, before Mohammad Amir dismissed him for an 84-ball 82 that included of six fours and four sixes. After Finch’s dismissal, Steve Smith got together with Warner for a brief stand of 43 runs before getting out off a slower delivery bowled by Mohammad Hafeez. Glenn Maxwell was given a promotion to up the ante, but he too failed to do his job.
Amir announces his form arrival
Despite watching these two wickets fall at the other end, Warner never lost his focus, racking up a sensational hundred in the 36th over, which is his 15th in the ODI format. Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi then bowled a beautiful delivery to pick up the prized scalp of Warner and in turn bring an end to an excellent inning of 107 runs. After Warner’s wicket, Australia’s progress also got halted as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Amir bowled a fine spell in the death overs stage to bowl out Australia for 307 runs in 49 overs.
For Pakistan, Amir was the pick of the bowlers, claiming a staggering five-wicket haul along with an impressive economy. Shaheen Afridi also picked up two crucial wickets but gave away too much runs in his quota of ten overs.
Australia 307/10 in 49 overs (David Warner-107, Aaron Finch-82; Mohammad Amir 5/30, Shaheen Afridi 2/70) vs Pakistan.