Twitter Reactions: Top knocks from Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh help Australia ace a steep chase in Sharjah
Haris Sohail's ton went in vain.
Updated - Mar 23, 2019 10:56 am
The Australian team seems to be going from strength to strength as the World Cup 2019 is approaching. After having defeated India at their home 3-2, the Kangaroos made a roaring start against Pakistan as well. Terrific knocks from Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh helped them register an 8-wicket win in the first ODI. The Australian skipper registered his 12th ODI century in this match.
In the last two years, Australia didn’t start too well in a series while playing away from home. This victory should boost their confidence a great deal. As far as Pakistan is concerned, they have a few aspects to reflect back upon and correct them before going ahead. Despite getting a good start, they didn’t finish well with the bat. Their bowlers seemed to have lacked a flare to challenge the Australian batsmen.
Haris Sohail registers his maiden ODI century
Pakistan is in experimentation mode and has rested many of its senior players. The team, led by Shoaib Malik, chose to bat first after winning the toss. The openers added 35 runs before Nathan Lyon trapped Imam-ul-Haq for 17 runs. His partner, Shan Masood, scored 40 runs off 60 balls in the match. But, the best knock of the team came from the willow of Haris Sohail.
The southpaw played cautious cricket and lashed out on anything that was loose. He kept rotating the strike at regular intervals and registered his maiden ODI century. While he remained unbeaten on 101, Umar Akmal was impressive in his comeback game. He scored a quickfire 48 but missed out on making it big. Imad Wasim scored 28 runs off 13 balls towards the end that pushed Pakistan’s score to 280/5 after 50 overs.
An easy chase for Australia; Aaron Finch getting back into his zone
In the chase, Australia lost the man in-form, Usman Khawaja early for just 24 runs. But Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh built a wonderful partnership. They added 172 runs together and Finch also got to his century in the process. He scored 116 runs before Mohammad Abbas picked him as his first ODI wicket. After he fell, Marsh and Peter Handscomb ensured that they didn’t lose any wickets further.
Marsh was unbeaten on 91 and missed out on a well deserved century. Handscomb went hard at the other end and scored 30 runs which helped Australia chase down the target with an over to spare. Twitterati was thrilled with this victory and congratulated Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh for their knocks.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
@CricketAus headaches at the selection table going into the #ICCworldcup2019 are who to leave out rather than who to put in. Fortunes have changed with stronger direction over last year. #cricket #AUSvPAK #change
Well done lads.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 23, 2019
WARNING … The Aussies are coming up the rails for the WC … !!!! #PAKvAUS
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 22, 2019
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 22, 2019
Pakistan insipid like a flat cola! No fizz no energy. The bunch of players who are being tried out in the series need to understand that runs or wickets will count for nothing if you lose contests.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) March 22, 2019
Excellent 👏🏼 Great seeing 2 experienced players for Australia scoring runs when under pressure. Makes me think that this could be the squad for World Cup. A great mix of youth & experience, quality cricket being played & a really good team vibe when I saw the boys in India. https://t.co/PpWGKdEh8g
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 23, 2019
— Devarchit (@Devarchit) March 22, 2019
— Chandler Stark (@SarcasmChamp) March 22, 2019
Well it’s about time Mr. Finch! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🏏#AUSvPAK
— Paul Augustine (@paul_augustine) March 23, 2019
Australia cruised. Hasnain should be in in next match. No way Yasir Shah can be our wrist spinner going into the world cup. And please Junaid Khan over Amir. #AUSvPAK
— Anish Mainali (@AnishMainali) March 23, 2019
— Zohaib Ahmed17🏏 (@iamzuhaib77) March 22, 2019
— Zohaib Ahmed17🏏 (@iamzuhaib77) March 22, 2019
— Usman Satti (@usmansatti476) March 22, 2019
— Waqas Sardar (@WaqasKhan020) March 22, 2019
Life Time Silence for those
• Who think M Abbas will ruin opposition in WC2019
• Who think of playing Yasir Shah in ODI's
• Who think Faheem Ashraf will do wonders with bat just like Lance Kulsner did in 1999
• Who think Omar Akmal is now a change person#AUSvPAK#Pakistan
— Muhammad Faizan Yacin (@faizanyacin) March 22, 2019
So excited to see this guy belt a century for #australia today! 😇🙏What an innings+I know this is the beginning of some solid form heading into the #WorldCup Wishing you more good luck+success for the rest of the series #captain #aaronfinch #teamaaron #AUSvPAK #cricketinamerica pic.twitter.com/fSNAsWx72I
— Ellarosenash (@ellarosenh) March 22, 2019