2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match #17 | Australia v Pakistan

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match #17 | Australia v Pakistan

With our eyes on the skies, we arrive in Taunton hopeful of some Cricket, on the back of a miserable few days at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which has seen two games abandoned without a ball being bowled, and another declared a no result after only 30-odd minutes of play.

While England is known for wet weather, we’re told the recent spat of constant rainfall is unseasonable for June, and it could yet play a role in tonight’s fixture, between Australia and Pakistan – it’s Match 17, LIVE from Taunton, right here on Zak Sports.

Good evening everyone, and welcome to our continuing coverage of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. It’s the third match in seven days for Australia, but for Pakistan, it’s their first in nine, following that complete washout on Friday, which saw them share the points with Sri Lanka, so they’ll be fresh and ready to go tonight.

Australia will be looking to bounce back, after a disappointing loss to India. It’s been a tough few days for the Australian team – a lucky escape against the West Indies last Thursday, and then that loss on Sunday, but they remain in the top four on the points table, which is crucial, as there are only four spots available in the finals at this tournament.

In another blow for the Australians, Marcus Stoinis is OUT injured tonight. The all-rounder picked up a side strain on Sunday night, and as it isn’t yet known how long he’ll be sidelined for, the team have sent for Mitch Marsh, who is currently on his way to England, and will step into the squad if Stoinis is unable to play any further part in the tournament.

The news off the top is good – players are currently out on the ground and warming-up, ahead of the toss at 7pm, and it’s expected that we’ll get to start on-time tonight – 7:30pm AEST – which is extraordinary given the pitch here has been under covers for the last two days.

We’ll have some team information for you shortly, but in the meantime, here’s the Pakistan touring squad for the tournament. Back soon.

10:05am | Hello again from Taunton, where the news is that Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss, and Pakistan will BOWL first tonight, and given the recent weather in England, that was to be expected – Aaron Finch telling Isa Guha that he would’ve done exactly the same thing, had he won the toss, so it could be an interesting start for Finch and Warner, when they head to the crease in around 20 minutes.

Let’s have a look at the two teams for today – two changes for Australia – Kane Richardson is in for Adam Zampa – Australia have opted not to play a specialist spinner in this match, and Shaun Marsh is in for Marcus Stoinis.

Of course, the last time Pakistan faced Australia, in a World Cup fixture, in England, was the 1999 World Cup Final – of course, won by Australia.
Their last meeting in an ICC World Cup was in the 2015 Quarter-Final, at the Adelaide Oval – also won by Australia, and in their recent ODI Series, Australia claimed a 5-0 win, so statistics would suggest that Australia will win this match tonight, but Pakistan come in full of confidence after beating England last Monday night.

I mentioned the weather – Australia’s next opponent is Sri Lanka, who haven’t played a match since last Tuesday, as a result of back-to-back washouts, firstly with Pakistan, and then with Bangladesh last night, so by the time Saturday rolls around, it’ll have been 11 days since they’ve played a game of Cricket.

The other washout was on Monday night, but we did get a little bit of play in Southampton, in the match between South Africa and the West Indies, but it was only 7.3 overs – strangely enough, the warm-up fixture between those two teams was also washed out, after only 12.4 overs, so here’s hoping they actually get a game the next time they meet.

For the moment though, it’s good news in Taunton – it’s cold, but it’s dry, and we’re back with LIVE play in just a moment.

7:30pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 17 – Australia v Pakistan
LIVE from Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Pakistan won the toss – elected to bowl first.
Australia 0/0 (0)
David Warner 0* (0) | Aaron Finch 0* (0)
#CWC19 | #AUSvPAK | #ZakSportsAU

Players and umpires have made their way to the centre, and we’re ready to go – Match 17 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and a vitally important fixture for both teams.
Umpires for tonight are Nigel Llong (ENG) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRL). The TV Umpire is Ian Gould (ENG) and the Match Referee is Andy Pycroft (ZIM).
Aaron Finch and David Warner will open the batting for Australia. Mohammad Amir will open the bowling for Pakistan, and in the commentary box, we say good morning to Wasim Akram and Michael Slater.

8pm | Australia 0/36 (7)
David Warner 18* (14) | Aaron Finch 16* (28)

It’s been a compelling start in Taunton. Pakistan have been unable to capitalise on their decision to bowl first, but Mohammad Amir has kept it tight, and in doing so, has kept the pressure on Aaron Finch.

Change in commentary – Michael Clarke is with Rameez Raja

8:40pm | Australia 0/100 (16.4)
David Warner 38* (37) | Aaron Finch 52* (63)

FIFTY for Aaron Finch… and he brings it up in style, with his sixth boundary of the innings.He’s a lucky boy is the Australian captain – he’s had a couple of lives thus far… he was dropped a short while ago, and then an LBW decision fell in his favour – Pakistan reviewed it, but the decision was ‘Umpire’s Call’, which was NOT OUT.

Apart from those chances, it’s been the perfect start for Australia – sent in by Pakistan, and they’ve had their best start of the tournament.

Brendon McCullum is in the commentary box, and alongside him is Ian Ward.

9:04pm | Australia 0/146 (22)
David Warner 50* (51) | Aaron Finch 82* (83)

FIFTY for David Warner… it’s been a well controlled innings, and one he’ll be hoping to go on with.
At the other end, Aaron Finch has raced to 82, as the openers have secured the highest opening partnership of the tournament thus far – surpassing the 137 that Martin Guptill and Colin Munro posted against Sri Lanka 11 days ago, but they weren’t able to improve on that, as they were only chasing 137 to win that match.
Pakistan have lacked discipline… some poor fielding, and a couple of no-balls have really help Australia accelerate their scoring rate… it’s 0/146, as Wasim Akram and Isa Guha take up commentary.

9:06pm | Australia 1/146 (22.1)
David Warner 50* (51) | Steve Smith 0* (0)

GONE… FINALLY, THE BREAKTHROUGH FOR PAKISTAN, AND IT’S MOHAMMAD AMIR THAT GETS THE JOB DONE!!!AARON FINCH IS GONE… AMIR HAS TROUBLED HIM ALL NIGHT, AND WITH HIS FIRST BALL BACK IN THE ATTACK, HE’S GOT HIS MAN… 1/146.

Finch | c Hafeez, b Amir | 82 (84) | FOW 1/146 (22.1)

A change in the Australian batting order sees Steve Smith join David Warner in the centre, not Usman Khawaja, as we rejoin Wasim Akram and Isa Guha!

9:35pm | Australia 2/189 (28.4)
David Warner 81* (78) | Glenn Maxwell 0* (0)

GONE… IT’S A BIG WICKET FOR PAKISTAN… IT’S VERY RARE THAT YOU GET STEVE SMITH OUT CHEAPLY, BUT HE’S BEEN CAUGHT OUT, CHARGING DOWN THE WICKET, AND NOT GETTING HOLD OF THE SHOT… PAKISTAN’S FIELDING HASN’T BEEN GREAT, BUT THEY’VE HELD ONTO THIS CATCH – IT’S 2/189.

Smith | c Asif, b Hafeez | 10 (13) | FOW 2/189 (28.4)

Usman Khawaja has slid down the order again – Glenn Maxwell is the new man in, as Michael Slater, Waqar Younis and Rameez Raja take over commentary!

9:50pm | Australia 2/218 (33) – DRINKS
David Warner 90* (95) | Glenn Maxwell 20* (8)
Drinks in Taunton, where Australia’s cruising at the moment – a run-rate of 6.61, and eight wickets in the shed… 2/218 is the score… David Warner is into the nineties and Glenn Maxwell has got off to a flying start.

From here, you’d think the Aussies would be eyeing off 350 or more, but a quick wicket, or two, could quite easily change that.

Shaheen Afridi is back in the attack, as Waqar Younis, Michael Slater and Rameez Raja continue in commentary!

9:55pm | Australia 3/223 (33.4)
David Warner 95* (98) | Shaun Marsh 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM… BEAUTIFUL DELIVERY FROM SHAHEEN AFRIDI, AND MAXWELL IS GONE… HE’S NOT BEEN ABLE TO CAPITALISE ON HIS POSITIVE START, AND PAKISTAN GET A KEY WICKET… A DANGER MAN ON HIS WAY – IT’S 3/223!

Maxwell | b Shaheen Afridi | 20 (10) | FOW 3/223 (33.4)

Shaun Marsh is the new man in, as Usman Khawaja continues to slide down the batting order.

10:01pm | Australia 3/232 (35.1)
David Warner 101* (102) | Shaun Marsh 3* (5)

EDGED… STRAIGHT BETWEEN THE KEEPER AND SECOND SLIP, AND THAT’S ANOTHER CENTURY FOR DAVID WARNER… HIS FIRST OF THE CUP PROPER, AND HIS SECOND OF THE TOUR…NOW, HE’S GOT THE BETTER PART OF FIFTEEN OVERS TO REALLY ACCELERATE THE AUSTRALIAN RUN-RATE… THIS COULD BE DANGEROUS FOR PAKISTAN… 3/232 AS MICHAEL CLARKE AND IAN WARD TAKE UP COMMENTARY!

10:12pm | Australia 4/242 (37.5)
Usman Khawaja 0* (0) | Shaun Marsh 7* (12)

GONE!!! PAKISTAN HAVE FINALLY CAUGHT ONE… IT’S BEEN A TERRIBLE DAY IN THE FIELD FOR THEM, BUT THEY’VE FINALLY GOT THE WICKET OF DAVID WARNER.
A MISTIMED SHOT, CAUGHT IN THE DEEP, AND HE GOES FOR A WELL MADE 107 – IT’S 4/242.

Warner | c Imam, b Shaheen | 107 (111) | FOW 4/242 (37.5)

Finally, Usman Khawaja is at the crease for Australia, but this has worked out well for Pakistan… they may just reel the Aussies in a bit, as these two new batsmen get settled at the wicket.

10:30pm | Australia 5/277 (42.1)
Alex Carey 0* (0) | Shaun Marsh 21* (22)

GONE! KHAWAJA CHIPS IT STRAIGHT TO MID-OFF, AND WAHAB RIAZ HAS TAKEN A SIMPLE CATCH… THE WHEELS STARTING TO FALL OFF THE AUSTRALIAN WAGON – IT’S 5/277.

Khawaja | c Wahab, b Amir | 5/277 (42.1)

10:41pm | Australia 6/288 (44.3)
Alex Carey 9* (10) | Nathan Coulter-Nile 0* (0)

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST – THIS TIME IT’S SHAUN MARSH… AMIR HAS HIS THIRD WICKET, AND PAKISTAN ARE CLAWING THEIR WAY BACK INTO THIS CONTEST – IT’S 6/288.

Marsh | c Shoaib, b Amir | 23 (26) | FOW 6/288.

Nathan Coulter-Nile – the hero from the match against the Windies – is the new man in, as Brendon McCullum and Isa Guha take up commentary!

10:50pm | Australia 7/299 (46.2)
Alex Carey 18* (18) | Pat Cummins 0* (0)

EDGED, AND GONE! FROM HERO TO ZERO FOR NATHAN COULTER-NILE… WAHAB RIAZ GETS A WELL EARNED WICKET, AS THEY CONTINUE TO REEL THE AUSTRALIANS IN… IT’S 7/299!

Coulter-Nile | c Sarfaraz, b Wahab | 2 (3) | FOW 7/299 (46.2)

10:55pm | Australia 8/302 (47.3)
Alex Carey 19* (19) | Mitchell Starc 0* (0)

GONE… TOP EDGE FROM PAT CUMMINS, AND A SIMPLE CATCH FOR THE PAKISTAN CAPTAIN – IT’S 8/302, AND THEY’VE LOST 5/60 IN THE LAST TEN OVERS.

Cummins | c Sarfaraz, b Hassan | 2 (6) | FOW 8/302 (47.3)

11:02pm | Australia 9/304 (48.3)
Kane Richardson 0* (0) | Mitchell Starc 1* (4)

GOT HIM!!! LBW… AND PLUMB AT THAT… CAREY, THE LAST RECOGNISED BATSMAN, IS GONE… AMIR HAS STRUCK AGAIN… IT’S 9/304!

11:05pm | GONE!!! WHAT ABOUT THAT?
MOHAMMAD AMIR GETS FIVE… AND, FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THIS TOURNAMENT, AUSTRALIA FAIL TO BAT OUT THEIR OVERS… ALL OUT FOR 307!

Starc | c Shoaib, b Amir | 3 (6) | FOW 10/307
Richardson | not out | 1 (1)

Pakistan will be chasing 308 for victory, when play resumes at 11:45pm AEST… more from Taunton very shortly.

11:25pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 17 – Australia v Pakistan
LIVE from Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Australia 307 (49)
Pakistan require 308 runs to win.
#CWC19 | #AUSvPAK | #ZakSportsAU

Nice to have your company on a Wednesday night around Australia, as we continue our coverage of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, with this match between Australia and Pakistan, the 17th of the tournament thus far, coming to you LIVE from Taunton.

Well, what a night we’ve had thus far – Pakistan won the toss, and sent Australia into bat, and at 2/189, I’m sure they would’ve been questioning that decision, but thanks to Mohammad Amir, they’ve fought back to bowl the Aussies out for 307, which is quite remarkable given that they were looking at 350+ at one point, especially when Finch and Warner were firing.

82 for Finch, 107 for Warner, and they were the main contributors… everyone else made a start, but didn’t go on with it.

From a bowling standpoint, if Pakistan win tonight, it’ll be thanks to Mohammad Amir… 5/30 off his ten overs… when his team-mates were getting whacked all over the ground, he kept the batsmen on their toes, and kept it tight, with the best figures of the tournament thus far.

Both teams had good and bad moments, but Pakistan’s fielding will be examined if they lose this one – multiple dropped chances, and some easy runs given away in the field as well, and all of that could be the difference in the end result.

So, here’s the equation:
Target: 308
Wickets in Hand: 10
Overs Remaining: 50
Required Run Rate: 6.16

Pakistan’s openers aren’t far away… they’ll have their work cut out for them, as the latter half of the Australian innings proved that this isn’t an easy pitch to bat on… expect some good swing from Mitchell Starc… stay with us.

11:30pm | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 0/0 (0)
Imam Ul-Haq 0* (0) | Fakhar Zaman 0* (0)
Pakistan require 308 runs to win.

A short break, and we’re back out in the middle, ready to go… it remains dry – the weather has been on our side today, and it looks like we’ll get the full match in now, which is great news.

Pat Cummins will open the bowling for Australia… Imam Ul-Haq is taking strike, and in the commentary box, we’ll say good afternoon to Michael Clarke and Rameez Raja!

11:44pm | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 1/2 (2.1)
Imam Ul-Haq 0* (0) | Babar Azam 0* (0)
Pakistan require 306 runs to win off 287 balls.

GONE… IT’S 1/2… CUMMINS HAS STRUCK EARLY, AND IT’S FAKHAR THAT’S ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE PAVILION.
A CUT SHOT, WITH PLENTY OF FLIGHT AND SPEED, THAT WENT STRAIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF KANE RICHARDSON, DOWN AT THIRD MAN…

Fakhar Zaman | c Richardson, b Cummins | 0 (3) | FOW 1/2 (2.1)

Babar Azam is the new man in.

12:21am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 2/56 (10.5
)Imam Ul-Haq 21* (35) | Mohammad Hafeez 0* (0)
Pakistan require 252 runs to win off 235 balls.

GONE! COULTER-NILE HAS STRUCK… AND IT’S THE DANGER MAN – BABAR AZAM!

A bouncer triggered a pull-shot, but he didn’t middle it, and therefore he didn’t get the distance – holding out to Kane Richardson on the boundary – it’s 2/56.

Babar Azam | c Richardson, b Coulter-Nile | 30 (28) | 2/56 (10.5)

Mohammad Hafeez will be the new man in, as Wasim Akram and Ian Ward continue in the commentary box!

12:48am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 2/97 (18) – DRINKS
Imam Ul-Haq 31* (51) | Mohammad Hafeez 31* (27)
Pakistan require 211 runs to win off 192 balls.

DRINKS in Taunton, and Pakistan looking dangerous.
So far, this partnership is worth 41 off only 43 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez is looking dangerous, while Imam Ul-Haq is going along steadily.
Australia need a wicket, and fast, as we rejoin Brendon McCullum and Michael Slater.

1:23am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 3/136 (25.1)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 0* (0) | Mohammad Hafeez 44* (46)
Pakistan require 172 runs to win off 149 balls.

GLOVED, AND GONE… IMAM WAS IN AND SETTLED, AND HIS GLOVED A PAT CUMMINS BOUNCER THAT WOULD’VE BEEN CALLED WIDE HAD HE NOT PLAYED AT IT…

A LUCKY BREAK FOR AUSTRALIA, IN A DAY FULL OF THEM, AND THE END OF A GOOD INNINGS FROM THE PAKISTAN OPENER… IT’S 3/136.

Imam | c Carey, b Cummins | 53 (75) | FOW 3/136 (25.1)

The captain – Sarfaraz Ahmed – is the new man in for Pakistan, as Rameez Raja and Isa Guha take up commentary!

1:30am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 4/146 (27)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 8* (8) | Shoaib Malik 0* (0)
Pakistan require 162 runs to win off 138 balls.

GONE… THE BOWLING CHANGE HAS WORKED FOR AUSTRALIA, AND THE CAPTAIN HAS A WICKET…
HAFEEZ WENT AFTER THE FULL TOSS, BUT DIDN’T GET HOLD OF IT – CAUGHT ON THE BOUNDARY, AND THE FOURTH WICKET IS DOWN FOR PAKISTAN… IT’S 4/146!

Mohammad Hafeez | c Starc, b Finch | 46 (49) | FOW 4/146 (27)

Michael Clarke and Ian Ward take up commentary, as Shoaib Malik joins his captain at the crease.

1:34am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 5/147 (27.3)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 8* (8) | Asif Ali 0* (0)
Pakistan require 161 runs to win off 135 balls.

GONE… CUMMINS HAS ANOTHER ONE… AN IN-SWINGER THAT CATCHES THE INSIDE EDGE OF SHOAIB MALIK’S BAT, AND A VERY NICE CATCH FROM ALEX CAREY, WHO HAD TO DIVE TO HIS LEFT, IN ORDER TO GLOVE THAT ONE…
A TOTAL MOMENTUM SHIFT HERE IN THE LAST TWENTY MINUTES – SHOAIB’S GONE FOR A DUCK – THE SECOND OF THE MATCH – IT’S 5/147!

Shoaib Malik | c Carey, b Cummins | 0 (2) | FOW 5/147 (27.3)

Cummins has three, and Pakistan have lost 3/11, just when it looked like they were going to give Australia a run for their money tonight.

1:44am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 6/160 (30)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 15* (16) | Hassan Ali 0* (0)
Pakistan require 148 runs to win off 120 balls.

ANOTHER ONE… ANOTHER CATCH FOR ALEX CAREY, THE FIRST WORLD CUP WICKET FOR KANE RICHARDSON, AND NOW ASIF ALI IS HEADING BACK TO THE PAVILION, AND DOING SO HAVING NOT REALLY TROUBLED THE SCORERS… HE’S GONE FOR 5 – IT’S 6/160!

Asif Ali | c Carey, b Richardson | 5 (8) | FOW 6/160 (30)

Hassan Ali is the new man in, but you get the feeling that Sarfaraz is really up against it now..

2am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 7/200 (33.5)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 21* (24) | Wahab Riaz 0* (0)
Pakistan require 108 runs to win off 97 balls.

GONE… AN ENTERTAINING CAMEO COMES TO AN END… HASSAN ALI SMASHED THE AUSTRALIAN ATTACK ALL OVER THE PARK HERE IN TAUNTON, BUT MAYBE WENT FOR ONE TOO MANY, AND DIDN’T GET HOLD OF IT – KHAWAJA TAKES A SIMPLE CATCH… HE’S GONE FOR 32, AND AUSTRALIA ARE IN THE BOX SEAT NOW… IT’S 7/200.

Hassan Ali | c Khawaja, b Richardson | 32 (15) | 7/200 (33.5)

2:51am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 8/264 (44.2)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 40* (48) | Mohammad Amir 0* (0)
Pakistan require 44 runs to win off 34 balls.

GONE – ON REVIEW… AND A GOOD ONE AT THAT FOR AUSTRALIA… THE FAINTEST OF EDGES ENDS A WONDERFUL INNINGS FROM WAHAB RIAZ… AN INNINGS THAT’S GIVEN PAKISTAN A HUGE CHANCE IN THIS MATCH… IT’S 8/264… STARC HAS HIS FIRST, AND THE EQUATION IS SIMPLE – 44 FROM 34 FOR PAKISTAN, OR TWO WICKETS FOR AUSTRALIA.

Wahab Riaz | c Carey, b Starc | 45 (39) | FOW 8/264 (44.2)

We’re in for a fascinating finish, as we rejoin Wasim Akram and Michael Slater!

2:53am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 9/265 (44.4)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 40* (48) | Shaheen Afridi 0* (0)
Pakistan require 43 runs to win off 32 balls.
BOWLED HIM… GONE, AND SHATTERED THE STUMPS… IT’S ALL BUT OVER IN TAUNTON!
AMIR GOES – THE THIRD DUCK OF THE INNINGS… IT’S 9/265.

Amir | b Starc | 0 (2) | FOW 9/265 (44.4)

2:59am | Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 266 (45.4)
Australia wins by 41 runs.

HE’S GONE… IT’S ALL OVER… A MIGHTY FIGHT COMES TO A CRUSHING END FOR PAKISTAN… AUSTRALIA WIN BY 41 RUNS, AS SARFARAZ IS RUN OUT, BY GLENN MAXWELL, TO FINISH IT OFF ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING IN TAUNTON.

Sarfaraz | run out (Maxwell) | 40 (48) | FOW 10/266 (45.4)
Afridi | not out | 1 (6)

A good game of Cricket here – Australia too good in the end, but Pakistan put up a great fight.

We’ll be back to wrap it up in just a moment.

3:45am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 17 – Australia v Pakistan
LIVE from Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Australia 307 (49) | Pakistan 266 (45.4)
Australia wins by 41 runs.
Man of the Match: David Warner (AUS).

Hello again from Taunton, where we’ve had our first full match in three days at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and what an ebbing and flowing encounter it was… Australia have got home by 41 runs in the end, but it very nearly didn’t work out that way – Pakistan fought very hard, but have fallen short.

After restricting Australia to 307, thanks to a brilliant bowling spell from Mohammad Amir, Pakistan went into their run chase with confidence, as they were looking at a target of over 350 before Warner and Maxwell were dismissed.

They looked on-track at various points throughout the chase, but a late decision, by Australia, to review a caught-behind appeal, that was turned down by the umpire, proved to be the turning point in the latter stages – the faintest of edges removed Wahab Riaz, who was causing the Aussies some grief up until that point.

Sadly for the 1992 champions, three of their batsmen failed to fire tonight – two were dismissed without scoring, and that was one of the main differences between the two sides, as far as this contest was concerned.

Hassan Ali wasn’t at the crease for a long time, but it was entertaining – he ended up with 32, before Wahab Riaz continued the fight from the tail-enders, and he almost contributed to a Pakistan win, that, at 7/200 was looking unlikely… the longer the eighth-wicket partnership lasted, the more their fans started to believe that something special was on the cards, but it wasn’t to be – they lost their last three wickets for just two runs.

Australia – while they’ll be happy with the win, they’ve got some work to do before they face Sri Lanka on Saturday – particularly in the batting department… they won’t be happy with the collapse, which saw them lose 6/65 on their way to being all out for 307, OR the fact that they didn’t bat out the fifty oivers, but two points is two points, and they’ve maintained their position inside the top four, after four of their nine matches in the pool stage of this tournament, and will go to The Oval on Saturday hopeful of further improvement, as they look to cement their place in the knockout stage of the tournament.

As for Pakistan, they’re left to rue what might have been – dropped catches and poor fielding really cost them tonight, and they’ll look to improve on that as this tournament continues.

Unsurprisingly, David Warner was the Man of the Match tonight – a splendid knock that set the match up for Australia, and his second MOTM award of the tournament thus far.
A big few days coming up here – India face New Zealand tomorrow night, then England take on the Windies on Friday night, before we’re back with you for Australia against Sri Lanka on Saturday night, and as for Pakistan, a date with India awaits on Sunday night.

So, that’s it – a great game of Cricket… Australia too good for Pakistan, but they had to work hard for it.
We hope you’ve enjoyed all the action tonight on Zak Sports, and we look forward to having you wish us again on Saturday.
Have a great day. Bye for now!

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