ICC World Cup 2019: Match 17, AUS v PAK – Australia Player Ratings
A David Warner-Aaron finch special handed Australia over a 41-run win.
Published - Jun 12, 2019 10:58 pm | Updated - Jun 12, 2019 10:58 pm
Pakistan failed to take advantage after they won the toss and opted to bowl first against Australia. The fielding standards in the majority of this game were hopeless and that saw the Australian openers get away quite a few times. Aaron Finch and David Warner made the most of these chances and set up a great foundation for the team. Together, they added 146 runs for the first wicket and the left-hander went on to make a century. However, the skipper fell a few inches short as he was out on 82.
While their struggles seemed to be endless in the first 40 overs, a different Pakistan team turned up in the last 10 overs. The bowlers, led by Mohammad Amir, pulled up their sleeves and brought out a wonderful performance. The left-arm pacer picked up a 5-wicket haul as Australia was bowled out for 307/10 in 49 overs. The Kangaroos could have easily scored anywhere around 350 but it took some special effort from Pakistan to restrict them.
However, Pakistan failed to capitalise on their momentum during the chase. They lost Fakhar Zaman for a duck and most of the batsmen got to starts and then threw it away. While Imam-ul-Haq scored 53, Mohammad Hafeez mustered a brisk 46. Just as Australia seemed to be in complete control, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz joined hands to give the opposition a massive scare. However, this duo failed to get the team through which was quite disappointing.
Here are the Australia Player Ratings for the match
Aaron Finch – 9/10
Aaron Finch had his share of luck during this knock but put his class on display. The Australian skipper pushed the Pakistan bowlers into the defensive mode with some aggressive batting. In just 84 balls, he scored 82 runs – smashed 4 sixes and laced 6 fours. Like usual, he was excellent on the field marshalling his troops and also dismissed the dangerous Mohammad Hafeez with the ball.
David Warner – 9.5/10
He was criticised by one and all for his slow knock against India. But David Warner did make a statement with his knock in this match. The former Australian vice-captain registered his 14th ODI century and played some glorious cricket. He scored 107 runs from just 111 balls in an innings that included 11 fours and a six.