The Aussies see off a resurgent Pakistan effort en route towards another Cricket World Cup win last night by 62 runs

by Sports Benches

It’s two wins from two now to wrap up the rest of this week for the Aussies that began with Sri Lanka a few days ago on Monday & now Pakistan as they sit just inside the Top 4 finals bubble also just ahead of Pakistan in the 10-team standings. They might have lost the toss when Pakistan chose to bowl/field first, but the Aussie opening pair of David Warner & Mitchell Marsh has fired off to the best possible start – having whacked lots of shots downtown before they each recorded their own 50s & then 100s over the first 30 odd overs of the afternoon. Even though Pakistan finally got the ball rolling with a few wickets on hand after the end of the huge Warner-Marsh partnership, Australia still topped up to 367-9 following the end of their 50-over batting shift. The tables have turned to the Pakistanis later on, who started not bad in the middle, where there were some good performances along the way by both openers (Abdullah Shafique & Imam Ul-Haq), as well as keeper Mohammed Rizwan & Saul Shakeel. However, they just couldn’t hold it off a bit longer through the end where being all out for 305 wasn’t enough to meet their big target of 368 as the Aussies take home the win by 62 runs.

Commiserations to Pakistan with the loss where they’ve turned things around after a difficult time by finally ending the Warner-Marsh partnership through some dropped catches that would’ve gave them a bit more chance of winning. It was good seeing Shaheen Afridi being so desperate from the start with the ball, who eventually got the job done thanks to a five wicket haul on his own. Plus, their batters wasn’t bad where the opening pair has worked well earlier on, while the top & middle order did the best they can to try & close down to Australia’s big 368 run requirement. But sadly, it just wasn’t enough when the tail end were thrown at the deep end under pressure to bring things home before Pakistan were 62 runs short in the end with five overs to spare. Meanwhile, great seeing the Aussies win again as there’s still some unfinished business going into next week. Love the swashbuckling opening batters performance from Dave Warner & Mitchell Marsh where Warner scores big quickly while Mitchell works off through the gaps & scores these safe shots down the ground. When it comes to the on-field performance, yes they were under threat at times when Pakistan never gave up as the runs were there from the opposition’s end but glad the Aussies eventually shut them down. Adam Zampa did well once again as the main spinner with his 4fer; Plus, you can’t ignore the all-round brace of Marcus Stoinis who was outstanding with both bat and ball as well.

Pakistan will face Afghanistan on Monday while Australia’s next World Cup match will be against the Netherlands on Wednesday. For now, there’s two big match-ups to watch with England v South Africa tonight (and again when it comes to the 2nd Rugby World Cup semi tomorrow AM) followed by India v New Zealand tomorrow night to round off this weekend.

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