ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Australia vs Pakistan - Match 17

Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Date & Time: 12 June 2019

Pakistan 266/10

RR: 5.82 | Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs

commentary

Right then! Australia move to second spot with their third win in 4 games. Pakistan stay in 7th place. Which match comes up next? It is India against New Zealand, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. We hear that the forecast is not that great. Hopefully, we are proved wrong like the one here. Join us on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT) for all the action from Game 18. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Australian captain, Aaron Finch, admits that Pakistan certainly tested Australia. On his thought process during that carnage, Finch says that on a small ground like this, if one's execution with the ball is not proper, he will go for runs and that is what happened. Is disappointed that the Aussies could not bat out 50 overs in spite of having an extra batsman in the side and reckons that they ended up 20-30 runs short. But is happy with the 2 points. On the team selection this morning, Aaron says that it was a tough one, as when an all-rounder gets injured, it is difficult to choose a batsman or a bowler.

Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed, says that it is very disappointing given that the way Pakistan fought with the ball, they should have won it. Amongst the positives, praises Hassan Ali and Wahab Riaz' innings with the bat. On the negatives, blames his bowlers for conceding too many runs in the first 30 overs but also praises them for coming back in the next 20. Admits that his batsmen got starts but could not convert those and states that if you want to win matches, you need to play a long innings. Is ready to take on India next.

DAVID WARNER HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS FANTASTIC 107. Warner says, when he got out they had 70 balls to go and they were looking to bat out the 50 overs and be around 340 but adds that Pakistan bowled well and made it really hard for them. States the last game was a used wicket, it was dry and the Indian bowlers gave nothing away. Further adds here he had to adapt as there was movement early on and get on top of the back of the length deliveries. Ends by saying Wahab was very good at the end but the bowlers bowled well and it was a great game.

Who is your Man Of The Match? David Warner - for his splendid century? Mohammad Amir - for bringing Pakistan back into the game with a 5-for? Pat Cummins - for keeping Pakistan quiet throughout and picking up the crucial wickets of Imam, Fakhar and Malik? Or eventually, Wahab Riaz - for making a game out of nothing? Well, the presentation is upon us...

Now comes the second innings. Full of drama. Pakistan were cruising at 136/2 in the 26th over, but then slipped to 160/6. At that stage, it looked like game over with Australia surging to a massive win. But two critical stands - 40 for the 7th wicket and 64 for the 8th wicket - got the game very close. However, Starc's double-wicket over in the 45th sealed the deal, just like it did against West Indies.

A match which Australia should have probably won by 150 runs. Because at 223/2 and David Warner going strong, it seemed like they had 400 in sight. But his wicket led to a collapse and Mohammad Amir's 5-fer restricted the Aussies to 'just' 307.

Phew! What a humdinger. A match which both deserved to lose. In a game where the side committing fewer mistakes comes out on top, Australia have managed to get those crucial points.

45.4
0
K Richardson to S Afridi, OUT! RUN OUT! Brilliance by Maxwell has given Australia the last wicket. Full and on off, Afridi jams it out towards cover and it goes on one bounce to the fielder inside the ring. Sarfaraz is off for a run but then realizes that Maxwell has jumped and collected the ball with one hand over his head. The Pakistan skipper tries to return but before that the Big Show hits the bull's eye at the non-striker's end. One stump to aim at and boom... Ahmed is well short. The Australian players are ecstatic as they hug each other. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 41 RUNS!
45.3
0
K Richardson to S Afridi, Short and on middle, Shaheen looks to defend but it goes off the top portion towards mid off.
45.2
0
K Richardson to S Afridi, Full and outside off, Afridi plays inside the line and gets beaten.
45.1
0
K Richardson to S Afridi, On the stumps, it is kept out.
44.6
1
M Starc to S Afridi, Plays out the last ball but the interesting thing here is, Sarfaraz takes a single. Full toss on the pads, SA works it through square leg and a single is taken.
44.5
0
M Starc to S Afridi, Almost! Bowls it on a length and around off, this one shapes in late. Shaheen looks to defend but gets an inside edge towards square leg.

Shaheen Afridi is the last man in. Will this last pair play a blinder to take Pakistan home?

44.4
0
M Starc to M Amir, OUT! BOWLED 'EM! Two in the over for Starc and this is probably the over which completely turns the game in Australia's favour. He goes full but ends up bowling a low full toss. Amir looks to put bat on ball but gets an inside edge which shatters the stumps behind. One wicket away now Australia, Starc has two balls to do it.
44.3
0
M Starc to M Amir, BEATEN! Quick delivery on off, it skids through. Amir looks to defend but gets beaten.
44.3
0
M Starc to M Amir, WIDE! Goes short first up but down the leg side. Wided.

Mohammad Amir walks in at number 10, replacing Riaz. This game is not done yet. This bloke can bat too. The runs required are not that much.

44.2
0
M Starc to W Riaz, OUT! Caught behind! This could probably be the game-changing review by Australia. Wahab Riaz is out of here. Wicket no. 8 down. Starc delivers when his team needed the most. Back of a length delivery and it lands on off, straightens after pitching. Wahab hangs his bat out. He seems to have missed it. Carey takes it and appeals. The umpire shakes his head. Finch comes running in from mid-wicket or cover, asks Smith but the latter is unsure. Finch waits, waits and waits and at the last moment, reviews just in time and replays show that there is something on the Ultra Edge when the ball passes the bat! The on-field call has been overturned. Australia heavy favorites again. 44 needed in 34 with 2 wickets in hand.

Drama! Australia reckon they have Riaz here. Has he nicked this one? Steve Smith at gully says he is unsure. Finch though thinks for a while and at the last moment, takes the review. Seems to be nothing there in the replays. Wait... Ultra Edge detects a spike! What a masterful review!

44.1
1
M Starc to S Ahmed, Well played! Clears his front leg but Starc bowls it short. Sarfaraz guides it down to third man who is very fine. So only a run.
43.6
1
K Richardson to S Ahmed, Well played again! Guides it down to third man and takes one. 6 from the over.
43.5
0
K Richardson to S Ahmed, A dot! Short and on middle, Sarfaraz looks to pull but mistimes it to mid-wicket.
43.4
1
K Richardson to W Riaz, Slapped but just for one! Outside off, Wahab hits it through covers and gets to the other end.
43.3
1
K Richardson to S Ahmed, Sarfaraz works it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end. Well played. He need not do anything silly at the moment.
43.2
1
K Richardson to W Riaz, Another full toss, Wahab looks to play a cautious stroke. The ball goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.
43.1
2
K Richardson to W Riaz, Good running and even more impressive dive in the end! A full toss to begin with by Kane. Wahab guides it past point. They take one, go for the second. The throw is a loopy one from the deep so Wahab makes in with a dive.

Kane Richardson comes back into the attack! He has a knack of picking important wickets. Australia need one here.

42.6
1
M Starc to W Riaz, Starc's over comes to an end! Three runs from it. A good one for Pakistan as they did not lose a wicket. 51 needed in 42. Full and on the pads, Riaz works it towards fine leg and keeps strike.

Our thoughts - How will Australia finish their 5th bowler's quota? They still have one over left. Will Finch gamble with himself or Maxwell right in the very last over? Or will he give one right now and leave it to his main bowlers in the remaining six?

42.5
0
M Starc to W Riaz, Good bumper! It is on off, Wahab hops and tries to fend at it but at the very end bails out.
42.4
0
M Starc to W Riaz, Back of a length and on the stumps from around the wicket. Wahab blocks it down onto the ground.
42.3
1
M Starc to S Ahmed, Good length and on off, Sarfaraz guides it down to third man and takes one.
42.2
1
M Starc to W Riaz, Nicely played! This is worked through square leg and gets off strike.
42.1
0
M Starc to W Riaz, BEATEN! Full and angles it away from off. Wahab looks to put bat on ball but misses.

Mitchell Starc is back on! Finch has gone to his strike bowler. They need to break this stand.

41.6
1
N Coulter-Nile to W Riaz, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 24 in the last two overs, 54 needed off 48 balls. Game on?
41.5
1
N Coulter-Nile to S Ahmed, On middle and leg, Sarfaraz smartly glances it behind square leg and rotates the strike. The skipper is showing great maturity.
41.4
1
N Coulter-Nile to W Riaz, Back of a length ball on off, Wahab gets back and plays it in the gap in front of square leg for one.
41.3
6
N Coulter-Nile to W Riaz, SIX! Wahab Riaz is doing it here for Pakistan. He picks up the slower one early and slogs it handsomely over mid-wicket for a biggie. 50-run stand comes up, 250 up for Pakistan as well!
41.2
0
N Coulter-Nile to W Riaz, Shortish and on off, Wahab rocks back to pummel it on the leg side but it takes the lower half of his bat and goes towards covers.
41.1
1
N Coulter-Nile to S Ahmed, On a good length outside off, Ahmed dabs it down to third man for a run.
40.6
1
G Maxwell to S Ahmed, Once again smart batting by Ahmed. He eases it down to long on for one. 14 came from the over. 64 needed in the last 9.
40.5
1
G Maxwell to W Riaz, Straight down the ground. Not timed nicely though but a single taken.
40.4
1
G Maxwell to S Ahmed, Ahmed smartly goes back and pushes it down to long off for one.
40.3
1
G Maxwell to W Riaz, Excellent stop! Saves three for his side. Riaz goes for the slog sweep. Does not hit it right off the middle. It still seems to be going to the mid-wicket fence but Coulter-Nile runs to his right, jumps, keeps both his legs in the air and pushes it back in.
40.2
6
G Maxwell to W Riaz, SIX! Take that says Wahab! That is right off the middle. Very full and Wahab whips it easily over the long on fence. 10 from the first two balls. Pakistan not going down without a fight.
40.1
4
G Maxwell to W Riaz, FOUR! Inside edge and that just goes past the off pole. So the intentions are clear. Go after the offie. Maxwell fires it outside off. Wahab swings across the line, the ball just about kisses the off pole. Goes to the fine leg fence.

Powerplay 3 to get underway now! A maximum of 5 fielders can be put outside the ring till the end. 78 needed more off the last 10 overs. Three wickets left.

39.6
1
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, A loud cheer as Riaz plays Cummins out. He works the last ball towards mid on and takes one. End of Cummins for tonight. Top spell by him again. His figures read 10-0-33-3.
39.5
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Good length on off, Wahab defends it out.
39.4
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Bangs it short and down the leg side, Wahab looks to work it on the leg side but misses. It is the slower one. Not wided. Replays confirm that it has hit the gloves on its way. Good decision.
39.3
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Once again, gets right behind the line and defends it onto the ground. Clever batting, knows it is Cummins' last over and he may have decided to play him out.
39.2
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, On the stumps, Wahab gets right behind the line and keeps it out. Playing with responsibility is the pacer. Needs to hang in there with his skipper.
39.1
1
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Edgy run! Length and around off, Sarfaraz look to run it down to third man, it goes off the outside edge down towards third man for one.
38.6
6
N Coulter-Nile to W Riaz, SIX! That has been nailed! 11 from the over. 80 needed in 66. Short and on the body, Riaz maybe was ready for it this time. He goes back and powers it over the square leg fence.
38.5
1
N Coulter-Nile to S Ahmed, Good running! Length and around off, SA looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls beside the pitch and the batsmen take one.
38.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to S Ahmed, On the stumps, Sarfaraz blocks it out.
38.3
1
N Coulter-Nile to W Riaz, Good short one and on the body of the batsman, Riaz somehow nudges it to the leg side and takes one.
38.2
2
N Coulter-Nile to W Riaz, Slower one and that sticks in the surface. Riaz hops and works it with soft hands towards mid-wicket. Two is the call straightaway and the batters complete it.
38.1
1
N Coulter-Nile to S Ahmed, Starts off with a good length ball on off, Sarfaraz guides it down to third man and takes an easy run.

Nathan Coulter-Nile is back!

37.6
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Back of a length delivery outside off, Wahab moves across the stumps to play inside the line but misses.
37.5
1
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Shortish on off, pushed back to the bowler who failed to stop it in his followthrough. They stole a single as the mid off fielder attacked the ball.
37.4
0
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Nearly rolls back onto the stumps. On a length around off, Ahmed gets across to block but it takes the bottom half of his willow and rolls behind.
37.3
1
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Digs in a short ball around leg, Wahab fends it away behind square leg and crosses.
37.2
1
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
37.1
0
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Spears in a fuller length ball on off, Sarfaraz tries to play it back but it takes the inside edge and hits him onto the pads.
36.6
1
M Starc to S Ahmed, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
36.5
1
M Starc to W Riaz, Wahab has pushed it to the cover region. They pick up a single.
36.4
4
M Starc to W Riaz, FOUR! Just wide of Steve Smith at wide first slip! Starc goes very full this time, around off and angling away, Riaz tries to play a booming cover drive but it takes the thick outside edge and flies past Smith's right for a boundary.
36.3
0
M Starc to W Riaz, Bangs it in short around off, Wahab jumps on his back foot and defends it to the off side.
36.2
0
M Starc to W Riaz, Targets the batsman's body with a sharp short ball, Wahab awkwardly keeps it out on the leg side. Should keep a short leg for this line and length.
36.1
1
M Starc to S Ahmed, Short in length outside off, leaving the batsman with the angle, Sarfaraz guides it down to third man and takes a single.
35.6
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Back of a length ball on off, Wahab pushes it with an angled bat but straight to Maxwell at point.
35.5
1
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Width on offer outside off, Sarfaraz steers it wide of backward point for a run as the third man fielder cuts it off.
35.4
1
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, A rising delivery around leg, Riaz taps it down towards square leg for a single.
35.3
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Connects well with his shot but fails to beat the cover-point fielder. Fuller and outside off, Wahab drives firmly but for no run.
35.2
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Shortish around leg, jumping onto the batsman, Wahab jumps to deal with it but misses and takes a blow near his rib cage.
35.1
0
Pat Cummins to W Riaz, Full and on middle, Riaz covers the line and defends it down to mid on.

Pat Cummins returns. 7-0-26-3 so far.

34.6
0
M Starc to S Ahmed, Full and outside off, pushed towards the off side.
34.5
1
M Starc to W Riaz, A good short ball, at the body, Riaz takes his eyes off the ball and awkwardly fends it to the leg side. Luckily for him, there is no short leg and the batsmen take a single.
34.4
0
M Starc to W Riaz, Around off, Riaz hops and defends solidly.
34.3
1
M Starc to S Ahmed, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
34.2
2
M Starc to S Ahmed, Full on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
34.1
1
M Starc to W Riaz, Outside off, eased through cover for a single.

Mitchell Starc is back on. 5-1-25-0 so far.

33.6
0
K Richardson to S Ahmed, Fullish and outside off, Ahmed drives it off his front foot to covers.

Wahab Riaz is in next.

33.5
0
K Richardson to H Ali, OUT! Boom - Kane has the last laugh! Party over for Hassan Ali! Richardson bangs in a short ball again, it's around off and Hassan this time tries to play the cross-batted shot. But it takes the bottom half of his bat and flies down to Khawaja at fine leg. He makes no mistake and Pakistan lose their 7th wicket. End of an entertaining cameo from Ali but that's not enough.
33.4
4
K Richardson to H Ali, FOUR! Slapped away! Richardson digs in a short ball outside off, Hassan rocks back and spanks it down to deep cover for a boundary. Rico is looking clueless. 200 up for Pakistan.
33.3
4
K Richardson to H Ali, FOUR! This one is pure timing and placement. Full in length and outside off, Ali brings out the cover drive that will make even a top order batsman proud.
33.2
0
K Richardson to H Ali, Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, Hassan swings his bat at it but fails to connect.
33.1
1
K Richardson to S Ahmed, Shortish and on middle, Sarfaraz quietly drops it towards mid on and crosses for a quick run. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.

Drinks break. A big collapse has left Pakistan reeling here. Hassan Ali is trying to stage a comeback by playing some big shots but the task in hand is way too large. The Pakistan skipper is still out there but he will need support from the tail which is quite long. Australia have two more overs to go from their part-timers and the green team would like to target those. 117 needed off 102 balls.

32.6
1
G Maxwell to S Ahmed, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 9 from this over!
32.5
1
G Maxwell to H Ali, Advances down the track to a full ball and drills his drive to long on for a run.
32.4
6
G Maxwell to H Ali, SIX! Hassan is connecting his big shots quite well. Maxwell drops it short on middle, Ali goes deep inside the crease and thwacks it over long on.
32.3
0
G Maxwell to H Ali, Flatter and shorter on middle, Hassan punches it with all his power but finds the cover fielder.
32.2
1
G Maxwell to S Ahmed, A long hop on middle, pulled behind square leg for one.
32.1
0
G Maxwell to S Ahmed, Jumps out of the crease to a full ball, tries to flick but misses. Good that his pads came in the way.
31.6
0
K Richardson to H Ali, Play and a miss! In the channel outside off, Hassan winds up for a big shot once more but fails to connect.
31.5
6
K Richardson to H Ali, SIX! And again! This time Richardson alters his length to go full and delivers it on middle. Hassan clears his front leg and muscles it over wide long on for a biggie.
31.4
6
K Richardson to H Ali, SIX! This one has gone the distance out of nowhere! Richardson digs in a short ball outside off, Hassan hooks it with all his power and clears mid-wicket with ease.
31.3
0
K Richardson to H Ali, A back foot defense to the off side by Ali.
31.3
0
K Richardson to H Ali, Wide! Slips a length ball down the leg side, Hassan tries to flick but misses.
31.2
1
K Richardson to S Ahmed, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
31.1
0
K Richardson to S Ahmed, A bit uppish! Good length ball on middle, Ahmed pushes it back a bit aerially but it doesn't carry back to the bowler.
30.6
0
G Maxwell to H Ali, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
30.5
4
G Maxwell to H Ali, FOUR! Edgy! Shortish and on off, Hassan moves back to cut but it takes a thick outside edge and goes through the vacant first slip region. Warner chases it from short third man but the ball wins the race.
30.4
0
G Maxwell to H Ali, On middle and leg, helped on the leg side but straight to the fielder.
30.3
1
G Maxwell to S Ahmed, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
30.2
1
G Maxwell to H Ali, Flatter off spinner on middle, fuller in length, Hassan gets forward to defend but it takes the inner half and rolls to square leg for a run.
30.1
1
G Maxwell to S Ahmed, Allows the ball to spin back in from outside off and then plays it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
30.1
0
G Maxwell to S Ahmed, Wide! Turning down the leg side, the batsman tries flicking but misses.

Hassan Ali walks in now. This is a really lonngggggggggggggggggg tail for Pakistan. Glenn Maxwell returns too. 4-0-27-0 so far.

29.6
0
K Richardson to A Ali, OUT! Edged and taken! The wickets are coming in a procession for Australia. It is on a length outside off and Asif looks to run it down towards third man. But the delivery is a cross-seam one and that perhaps generates extra bounce. Ali is clearly surprised and ends up fending it behind. Carey completes the formalities. 136/2 at one stage, 160/6 now.
29.5
1
K Richardson to S Ahmed, On middle and off, worked through mid-wicket for one more.
29.4
0
K Richardson to S Ahmed, Landed on a length outside off, Sarfaraz looks to punch but is too close to the ball. Gets a bottom edge which is taken on the bounce by Carey.
29.3
2
K Richardson to S Ahmed, Dropped short, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple. 149 more needed from 123 balls.
29.2
1
K Richardson to A Ali, A tad short, punched behind point for a run.
29.1
1
K Richardson to S Ahmed, Outside off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

Kane Richardson is back on. 4-0-28-0 so far.

28.6
1
A Finch to S Ahmed, Quicker and on middle, Ahmed strokes it down through mid on for a single.
28.5
1
A Finch to A Ali, Another back foot punch to a shortish ball and a run is collected from long on.
28.4
1
A Finch to S Ahmed, Gets behind the line of the delivery and punches it down to long on for one.
28.3
0
A Finch to S Ahmed, Quicker, flatter and shorter on middle, Ahmed goes deep inside the crease to punch but he fails to beat the fielder at covers.
28.2
1
A Finch to A Ali, This time it's flicked away in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
28.1
0
A Finch to A Ali, Tucks it off his pads to the on side, looks for a run but is sent back.
28.1
0
A Finch to S Ahmed, Two wides! Sprays it down the leg side, Sarfaraz leaves it alone and the keeper fails to collect it. The batsmen cross.
27.6
2
Pat Cummins to A Ali, Fullish on off, Asif drives it past the bowler and mid on for a couple of runs.
27.5
0
Pat Cummins to A Ali, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
27.4
0
Pat Cummins to A Ali, Good length ball on off, straightening a bit, Ali pushes at it tamely and misses.

Asif Ali is the new batsman.

27.3
0
Pat Cummins to S Malik, OUT! What an outstanding catch by Carey! You beauty, little boy! Never easy to catch off the inside edge. Cummins serves a good length ball around off and gets it to nip back into the batsman. Malik is taken aback by the movement off the surface, tries to block but it curls back in, kisses the inside edge and flies behind. Carey does well to pick it and then puts in a diving effort to his left to take a cracking one-handed catch. 11 runs, three wickets, this match has completely turned on its head.
27.2
0
Pat Cummins to S Malik, A yorker in the blockhole, Malik keeps it out at the last moment.
27.1
1
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Direct hit would have been curtains for Shoaib Malik! Tossed up ball on off, Sarfaraz pushes it from the front foot to covers and scoots to the other end. Warner attacks the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses as Malik dives in. Survives.

Shoaib Malik is the new batsman.

26.6
0
A Finch to M Hafeez, OUT! Caught! Off a full toss. Would you believe it? A freebie from Finch, Hafeez kneels and plays the slog sweep. But it is straight to deep mid-wicket where Mitchell Starc takes it with ease! Two wickets in two overs for Australia.
26.5
1
A Finch to S Ahmed, Short and outside off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
26.4
1
A Finch to M Hafeez, Outside off, pushed through point for one more.
26.3
1
A Finch to S Ahmed, Works it through the leg side for a run.
26.2
0
A Finch to S Ahmed, STUMPING CHANCE, MISSED! Carey fumbles and that gives Sarfaraz a life. Ahmed backs a long way down the leg side and Finch follows him. Sarfaraz looks to work it to the leg side but misses. His right leg is in the air but at that time, Carey fumbles and Ahmed gets back in.
26.1
4
A Finch to S Ahmed, FOUR! Welcome into the attack! Full and around off, Sarfaraz gets down and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary!

Aaron Finch brings himself on to bowl.

25.6
1
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Edged but safe! On a length and outside off, Ahmed tries to force it through the line but gets a thick outside edge. It goes just wide of the strategically placed gully for a run down to third man.
25.5
0
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
25.4
0
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Pushed to the cover-point region by the batsman.
25.3
1
Pat Cummins to M Hafeez, Nicely done. It's on a length and outside off, Hafeez opens the face of his bat and helps it to third man for a run.
25.2
1
Pat Cummins to S Ahmed, Good length delivery on off, moving back in, Sarfaraz does well to work it through square leg for one. He is off the mark!

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed walks in at number 5, replacing Imam.

25.1
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, OUT! Caught down the leg side! Half century and gone for Imam. He just stands there, takes a moment for himself and then trudges off. Another wicket off a loose delivery. It is a nothing shot to a short ball down the leg side. Imam looks to pull but only manages to glove it to the keeper behind. Carey collects and appeals jubilantly and the umpire raises his finger! The 80-run stand is broken and Pakistan now need 172 from 149 balls. On the flip side, Pakistan may not mind it too much. Imam was soaking up too many balls and the required run rate was rising.
24.6
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Short in length and on middle, pulled behind square leg for one. 8 from the over, Pakistan going on strongly!
24.5
4
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, FOUR! Superb use of the footwork by Imam to bring his 6th ODI fifty! Coulter-Nile delivers it around off, Imam wears his skaters and hammers it over mid off for a boundary.
24.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, A touch short and on off, Imam tries to run it down but misses.
24.3
1
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Width on offer outside off, Hafeez glides it to third man for one.
24.2
2
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Valiant stop in the deep by Pat Cummins! Good length delivery outside off, moving away at 134 kph, Hafeez throws his bat at it and edges it past first slip to third man. It races away and so does Cummins to his left. He puts in a full length dive to keep it out.
24.1
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, A sharp bouncer around off, Hafeez pulls out at the last moment.

Our thoughts - Australia clearly seem to be struggling with their bowling options. Should they have gone in for Jason Behrendorff instead of Kane Richardson? Rico has this tendency to pick up wickets but also go for runs. On the other hand, that left-arm angle of Behrendorff would have been a surprise element for Pakistan.

23.6
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, A cracking shot back to the bowler who does well in his followthrough to stop the ball. Tidy over again from Australia, just 2 coming from it. The stand moves to 72 and the RRR is inching closer to 7 now.
23.5
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Shortish on off, Imam solidly gets behind the line in defense.
23.4
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Beaten completely! Shortish and close to the off stump line, too close to cut but Imam still wants to play that shot. Ends up missing the ball completely. Some sound there but it maybe due to the bat hitting the back pad.
23.3
1
Pat Cummins to M Hafeez, Short again, outside off, Hafeez goes on his toes and hits it square of the wicket on the off side for one.
23.2
1
Pat Cummins to Imam, Shortish around leg, Imam glances it behind square leg and rotates the strike.
23.1
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Beaten! Good length ball around off, angling away, Imam stays back to push inside the line but misses.

Pat Cummins is back on.

22.6
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Good length ball on off, angling in, Hafeez stays back and pushes it to mid on. 19 runs in the last four overs, Australia trying to choke the flow of runs if the wickets aren't coming.
22.5
2
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Driven through mid on by the batsman. Two runs added to the total.
22.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
22.3
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Angling away from the batsman outside off, Imam stays back and guides it to third man for a run.
22.2
1
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Short delivery on off, Hafeez pulls it in front of square leg for one.
22.1
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Fullish and on off, Imam pushes it to mid off and steals a quick run as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
21.6
0
M Starc to M Hafeez, Bangs in a bouncer around leg, Hafeez ducks at the last moment. Not a wide for height.
21.5
1
M Starc to Imam, Back of a length delivery outside off, at 141 kph, Imam uses the pace of the bowler and eases it down to third man for one.
21.4
0
M Starc to Imam, Spears in a very full ball on middle at 146 kph, Imam leans forward and across before flicking it to mid-wicket.
21.3
4
M Starc to Imam, FOUR! Put away with ease! Starc delivers a short ball around off, Imam stands tall inside the crease and slaps it past the right side of the point fielder for a boundary.
21.2
0
M Starc to Imam, Good length ball on off, Imam gets on top of the bounce and defends it down.
21.1
1
M Starc to M Hafeez, Short in length around leg, Hafeez plays a pull shot without much intent towards deep backward square leg. They pick up a single.
20.6
1
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Width on offer outside off, Hafeez opens the face of his bat to run it down to third man. Maxwell from backward point anticipates it, makes his move to his left but fails to stop the ball. The batsmen cross.
20.6
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Wide! Coulter-Nile delivers an outswinger but the line is too wide outside off. Hafeez flirts with it and misses.
20.5
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Shortish and on off, blocked again from the back foot.
20.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
20.3
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
20.2
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Works it off his pads behind square leg and collects a single. Imam wants the second run, turns for it but then slips.
20.2
0
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Wide! Sees the charge from the batsman and bowls it down the leg side. Imam tries flicking but misses. That was close to his pads but the umpire feels that it's still a wide.
20.1
1
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Direct hit but safe! Good length delivery on off, Hafeez taps it down to the left of point and crosses for a quick run. Maxwell pounces onto the ball and scores a direct hit at the striker's end but Imam is safely in.

Nathan Coulter-Nile is back on.

19.6
0
M Starc to Imam, Too full in length on middle at 144 kph, Imam brings down a straight bat and pushes it to mid on.
19.5
0
M Starc to Imam, Bouncer this time, around leg, Imam sits underneath it at the last moment.
19.5
0
M Starc to Imam, Wide! Back of a length delivery angling down the leg side, Imam tries his best to get some bat onto it but misses. The crowd enjoyed that.
19.4
0
M Starc to Imam, Pitches it up and on off, Imam drives it down to mid off. A slight misfield but no run conceded.
19.3
1
M Starc to M Hafeez, Short in length around off at 139 kph, Hafeez gets on top of the bounce as he stays back-footed and pulls it gently over mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
19.2
0
M Starc to M Hafeez, Full and straight on middle, Hafeez defends it back.
19.1
1
M Starc to Imam, Edgy! Good length ball darted in around off, it straightened a bit probably after landing as Imam pushed inside the line. It took the outside edge and went down to third man for one.

Mitchell Starc is back on. A slip in place.

18.6
1
K Richardson to Imam, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 10 from the over after the mini-break.
18.6
0
K Richardson to Imam, Wide! Going down the leg side, short in length, Imam tries pulling but misses. 50-run stand comes up!
18.5
4
K Richardson to Imam, FOUR! The sweeper could have done better there. Short in length outside off, Imam crunches it off his back foot through cover-point and the ball races away. Cummins in the deep is slow off the blocks, tries his best to keep it out with a dive but fails.
18.4
1
K Richardson to M Hafeez, Fractionally short and on off, Hafeez gets on his toes and tickles it in front of square leg for a run.
18.3
1
K Richardson to Imam, 100 up for Pakistan and it's met with a huge cheer from the crowd! Good length ball outside off, Imam runs it down to third man for one.
18.2
1
K Richardson to M Hafeez, Hafeez has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
18.1
1
K Richardson to Imam, Shortish and on middle, Imam helps it towards square leg and takes a single.

Drinks break. Pakistan were under pressure initially after losing Fakhar cheaply but then they recovered a bit through the eye-pleasing knock of Babar. Mohammad Hafeez has changed gears at the moment and his knock has pushed Australia on the back foot. Both the batsmen are on identical scores, one a little cautious while the other showing aggressive intent. This partnership has eaten out 41 runs from the chase and the Asian team will hope that they increase their appetite and eat out more from the 211 runs left. For Australia, picking wickets is the only way out. Looks tough that they can restrict the opposition here.

17.6
0
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, Flighted one on middle, Hafeez plays it out from the pads to the on side. 14 from the over!
17.5
1
G Maxwell to Imam, Walks down the track and drives it through mid off for a run.
17.4
1
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, Gently plays it off his pads to the on side and picks up a single.
17.3
6
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, SIX! Dismissed! Hafeez gives the charge this time as he anticipated the bowler to fire it in. Makes handsome connection and sends it flying over long on for a biggie. The Pakistani supporters in the crowd are going mad.
17.2
4
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, FOUR! Hafeez has decided to target Australia's fifth bowler. Good thinking. Full and floated on middle, Hafeez kneels down and slog sweeps it with the spin over square leg. It nearly carries all the way.
17.1
2
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, A touch short in length outside off, spinning back in, Hafeez moves inside the crease and cuts it through the gap between point and cover-point. Both the fielders chase, Richardson gets there first and the batsmen complete two runs.
16.6
1
K Richardson to M Hafeez, Back of a length ball on off, Hafeez once again hits it through the line. This time it goes to the right of the point fielder and in the gap. A single to close the over.
16.5
0
K Richardson to M Hafeez, Shortish and on off, Hafeez strokes it from the back foot but the point fielder stretches to his left to stop the ball on one bounce.
16.4
0
K Richardson to M Hafeez, Good length ball on off, Hafeez offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
16.3
4
K Richardson to M Hafeez, FOUR! Beautifully played! Professor showing how it's done. A cracking cover drive off the front foot by him, he finds the gap and the rest is history.
16.2
1
K Richardson to Imam, Drops it down with soft hands towards mid on and scampers across for another single.
16.1
1
K Richardson to M Hafeez, Starts with a back of a length ball on off, Hafeez gets on top of the bounce and plays it out towards mid off for a run.

Kane Richardson is back on.

15.6
1
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, Too full and on off, Hafeez drives it down to long off for a run. A good comeback over from Maxwell, only 2 from it.
15.5
0
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, Allows the ball to spin back in from around off and then plays it down to backward point.
15.4
1
G Maxwell to Imam, Fuller and on off, Imam drives it through cover-point for one.
15.3
0
G Maxwell to Imam, Three dots now. Short and on off, Imam goes back to cut but finds the point fielder.
15.2
0
G Maxwell to Imam, Identical to the last delivery, this time Imam opens the face of his bat and pushes it to point.
15.1
0
G Maxwell to Imam, Loopy and full on off, Imam gets on the front foot and defends it to the off side.
14.6
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Beauty! An away swinger close to off stump, Hafeez has to play the trajectory but he gets beaten for movement.
14.5
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Too full in length outside off, Imam drives it through covers and takes one.
14.4
1
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Lands it on a length outside off, shaping away, Hafeez reaches out for it and guides it down to third man for a run.
14.3
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
14.2
2
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Short in length on off, Hafeez help-pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
14.1
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Drifting down the leg side, Imam tucks it down to fine leg for one.
13.6
4
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, FOUR! What a shot! Tossed up ball around off, Hafeez dances down the track and thumps his inside-out shot over extra cover for a glorious boundary.
13.5
0
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, Shortish and outside off, Hafeez this time plays it late towards short third man. The non-striker first calls for a run but then stutters. No harm done.
13.4
1
G Maxwell to Imam, Direct hit but safe! Quicker one on off, short in length, Imam plays it late towards backward point and takes a sharp single. The fielder scores a direct hit but Hafeez is safely in before that.
13.3
0
G Maxwell to Imam, Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it out softly to cover-point.
13.2
1
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, Full and floated outside off, Hafeez drives it square of the wicket on the off side for one.
13.1
1
G Maxwell to Imam, Turns it off his pads through square leg for one.
12.6
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, This one stays a little low outside off, Hafeez pushes at it and the ball beats his bat. Tidy over by NCN!
12.5
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Short in length and outside off, Imam cracks it from the back foot through the gap between backward point and point for a run. The third man fielder is quite square.
12.4
1
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Movement and bounce. Good length ball on off, jumping onto the batsman, Hafeez gets into a tangle and somehow keeps it out from the inner edge towards square leg. They cross after that.
12.3
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Brings a length ball back into the batsman from outside off, Hafeez stays back in defense to the off side.
12.2
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery outside off, Hafeez flashes and misses.
12.1
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Fullish and on middle, shaping in, Hafeez covers the line and pushes it out to mid on.
11.6
1
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, Drags his length short on off, Hafeez pulls it behind square leg for one.
11.5
1
G Maxwell to Imam, Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it defensively through covers for one.
11.4
0
G Maxwell to Imam, Stretches out for a delivery outside off and pushes it to point.
11.3
0
G Maxwell to Imam, Loopy and full on off, Imam drives it a bit uppishly but it goes safely to covers.
11.2
1
G Maxwell to M Hafeez, Floated and full on middle, Hafeez flicks it with the spin through square leg for a single.
11.1
1
G Maxwell to Imam, Flatter and shorter outside off, Imam runs it down towards short third man where the fielder makes a diving stop. Cannot prevent the single though.

Glenn Maxwell is on.

10.6
0
N Coulter-Nile to M Hafeez, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. End of a successful over for Australia!

Mohammad Hafeez is the number 4 batsman. Was the Man of The Match in the previous game.

10.5
0
N Coulter-Nile to B Azam, OUT! Babar Azam is Coulter-Nile's 50th ODI wicket. Massive breakthrough for Australia. A short delivery has done the trick here. Rising onto the batsman who takes the chance by wheeling a pull shot. But Babar fails to control it and the ball flies off the top edge to fine leg. Second catch for Kane Richardson and Pakistan have lost their premier batsman. 252 needed off 235 balls.
10.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to B Azam, Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
10.3
4
N Coulter-Nile to B Azam, FOUR! Gorgeous! Coulter-Nile goes full and on middle, Babar covers the line well and caresses it straight down the ground for a boundary. You just cannot take your eyes off from this batsman. Class!
10.2
0
N Coulter-Nile to B Azam, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
10.1
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Fuller length ball on off, it's bunted down to mid off for a run. 50-run stand comes up!

Powerplay 2 begins! 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Will Finch make those changes though? Australia will want more and more wickets.

9.6
4
K Richardson to B Azam, FOUR! 50 up for Pakistan! Wrong line from Kane Richardson. It's sliding down the leg side and Babar just helps it on its way to the fine leg fence. Once again an over where at least one boundary has come. Australia were 56/0 at this stage, quite close at the moment!
9.5
0
K Richardson to B Azam, Stays on the back foot and blocks it safely.
9.4
0
K Richardson to B Azam, Nearly drags it on! Excellent delivery from Richardson. Switches back to over the wicket for the right-hander and once again gets some extra bounce from the surface. It's around off and Babar shapes up to run it down to third man. But the bounce gets big on him and he ends up inside edging it onto the pads. The ball then rolls wide of the stumps.
9.3
1
K Richardson to Imam, Aerial but safe! Identical to the last delivery, once again Imam pushes inside the line and gets it away off the outer half of his bat to third man. A single is taken.
9.2
0
K Richardson to Imam, Beautiful delivery! Lavish movement and bounce for Kane! Shortish and around off, straightening after pitching, Imam tries to deal with it from the back foot but gets beaten.
9.1
0
K Richardson to Imam, Richardson runs in from 'round the wicket and angles in a good length ball on middle, Imam stays back-footed in defense.
8.6
1
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Good length ball outside off, some extra bounce too, Imam does well to guide it down to third man for one.
8.5
0
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Too full in length on off, Imam plays a punch on drive past the diving bowler to mid on.
8.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Back of a length ball on off, defended yet again off the back foot by Imam.
8.3
0
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
8.2
0
N Coulter-Nile to Imam, Four leg byes! Drifting down the leg side, Imam tries his best to glance but misses. It takes his thigh pad and speeds fine down the leg side for a boundary.
8.1
1
N Coulter-Nile to B Azam, Good length ball on off, Azam is squared up a bit in his defense and the outside edge runs down to third man for a run.

Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack now. Is on 49 ODI wickets.

7.6
0
K Richardson to Imam, Shortish and outside off, slower in pace probably, Imam tries to pull but bails out at the last moment.
7.5
1
K Richardson to B Azam, Short in length on middle, Babar pulls it from the middle of the bat but straight to the deep square leg fielder for a single.
7.4
0
K Richardson to B Azam, Offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
7.3
4
K Richardson to B Azam, FOUR! Richardson is not bowling to his field at the moment. Back of a length delivery angling down the leg side, Babar gets on his toes and tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
7.2
1
K Richardson to Imam, This time the line is straight for some reason known only to Kane. Imam easily works it behind square leg to rotate the strike. Finally a single after the fourth ball of this chase.
7.1
0
K Richardson to Imam, Edged but safe! Full in length and outside off, Imam is lured into the drive but gets a thick outside edge behind to third slip. It falls in front of Smith.

Bowling change. Kane Richardson replaces Mitchell Starc into the attack.

6.6
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it out to mid on. Just a single boundary this time from the over.
6.5
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Lands it on a length around off, angling in at 142 kph, Babar blocks.
6.4
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, A length ball on off, Azam stays back footed and keeps it out to point.
6.3
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
6.2
4
Pat Cummins to B Azam, FOUR! Elegance personified! Cummins pitches it up and outside off, Babar presses forward and stylishly drives it through the gap between mid off and extra cover. Not a single muscle moved in the field. Sit back and enjoy this extraordinary talent from Pakistan. So easy to the eyes.
6.1
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Good length ball on off, angling in, Babar defends it carefully from the crease.
5.6
4
M Starc to Imam, FOUR! Poor line and this one deserved to be put away. A good length ball sliding down the leg side, Imam picks it up off his pads and neatly deflects it down to fine leg for a boundary. Two boundaries in the last over, three in this one. Pakistan dealing only in fours at the moment.
5.5
0
M Starc to Imam, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
5.4
4
M Starc to Imam, FOUR! This was coming... this was coming... Starc spears in a very full ball on middle at 149 kph, Imam does extremely well there to anticipate it and not only he gets bat on ball but he also puts it away through mid-wicket. Great battle, this!
5.3
4
M Starc to Imam, EDGY FOUR! A 144 kph short delivery, Imam turns inside the crease to fetch it from outside off but gets a thick outside edge which flies over the slip cordon for a boundary.
5.2
0
M Starc to Imam, Beaten! Back of a length delivery outside off, holding its line, Imam stays back to feel for it but fails to connect.
5.1
0
M Starc to Imam, Around off on a length, Imam jumps and defends it from the crease.
4.6
4
Pat Cummins to B Azam, FOUR! Crunched! Babar showing his class. Once again he leans into his shot and creams a length ball through covers for a boundary. Two fours from the over!
4.5
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
4.4
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Fuller and on off, Azam defends it off his front foot again.
4.3
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Angles in a length ball on off, Azam is slightly forward in defense.
4.2
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Good length ball close to off, Babar is on the back foot in defense.
4.1
4
Pat Cummins to B Azam, FOUR! Silky! With three slips in place, Australia have kept the cover region vacant to encourage Babar to play through that area. Azam takes on the challenge and gloriously puts a length ball through the off side for a boundary. Cummins won't mind that much.
3.6
0
M Starc to Imam, Fullish and on middle, Imam gets behind the line and pushes it out to mid on.
3.5
0
M Starc to Imam, On a length around middle, Imam goes on his toes and plays it down to mid on.
3.4
0
M Starc to Imam, Starc replies with a 91 mph yorker on middle, credit to the batsman for digging it out at the last moment.
3.3
4
M Starc to Imam, FOUR! Fighting fire with fire! Starc bangs in a 141 kph short delivery on off, Imam shows the courage to pull it off his front foot. He connects superbly and sends it flying in front of square leg for a boundary.
3.2
0
M Starc to Imam, Another delivery angling into the batsman from around off, Imam turns it on the leg side but finds the square leg fielder.
3.1
0
M Starc to Imam, Good length ball on off, angling in, Imam defends it from the crease.
2.6
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Azam has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
2.5
4
Pat Cummins to B Azam, FOUR! If there is a scoring opportunity, Babar will take it. Cummins offers a bit of room outside off, Babar latches onto it and smashes it aerially over cover-point.
2.4
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Solidly gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it well from the back foot.
2.3
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Good line from Cummins. Serves a length ball close to off stump, Azam watches it closely before shouldering his arms.
2.2
0
Pat Cummins to B Azam, Around off on a length, Babar remains on the back foot in defense.

Babar Azam is the new batsman. Australia on the attack. They have a short leg in place.

2.1
0
Pat Cummins to F Zaman, OUT! Cummins strikes to remove the danger man! Cummins offers width outside off, Fakhar spots the chance to free his arms, throws his bat at it but it takes the outside half and flies down to third man. Kane Richardson in the deep moves across to his right and takes the catch safely. Early success for the Aussie and it's a big one too. Pat is all smiles and high-fives all around.
1.6
0
M Starc to Imam, Stifled appeal for a catch by Carey! Beautiful delivery by Starc, he spears it full and around off and gets it to straighten just a shade. Imam tries playing straight but is beaten.
1.5
0
M Starc to Imam, Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery outside off, Imam stays back to punch it through covers but the ball climbs up and beats the outside edge.
1.4
0
M Starc to Imam, Straighter delivery, Imam plays it with gentle hands towards mid-wicket and his partner eyes a run. Is sent back.
1.3
0
M Starc to Imam, Outswinger outside off, on a length, Imam keeps playing inside the line of the ball and is beaten.
1.2
0
M Starc to Imam, This one is darted on a length around middle and leg, Imam works it off his pads but fails to find the gap.
1.1
0
M Starc to Imam, Starts with a length delivery in the channel outside off, good pace, at 141 kph, Imam keeps his bat inside the line and allows it through to the keeper.

Mitchell Starc to bowl with the second new ball. Three slips in place for him as well.

0.6
0
Pat Cummins to F Zaman, A lovely end to the over! Cummins completely squares Zaman up. He lands it around middle and off, gets this one to jag away. Zaman is opened up in his defense and the ball whizzes past the outside edge. So a good first over by Cummins comes to an end.
0.5
0
Pat Cummins to F Zaman, Good length and outside off, exactly where you should be bowling to Zaman. He shoulders arms to it.
0.4
1
Pat Cummins to Imam, Imam-ul-Haq and Pakistan are off the mark. On the pads, Imam works it fine on the leg side for one.
0.3
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, On the middle pole, Imam pushes it to mid on.
0.2
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, BEATEN! Well bowled! Lands this on off and angles this away from the batter. Imam looks to defend inside the line but gets beaten.
0.1
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Nothing off the Free Hit! Good pacey short one outside off. Imam looks to pull but is done in for pace.

A Free Hit coming up!

0.1
0
Pat Cummins to Imam, Cummins begins with a NO BALL! A freebie for Imam to get off the mark. What better could you have asked for? The ball though is a good one, on a length and around off, Imam keeps it out. The replays show that it was a tight call.

We are back for the chase! The Pakistan openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, walk out to the middle. Imam will take strike and he will be facing Pat Cummins who has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...