ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Date & Time: 12 June 2019
RR: 5.82 | Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs
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.
Shaheen Afridi is the last man in. Will this last pair play a blinder to take Pakistan home?
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.
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!
Kane Richardson comes back into the attack! He has a knack of picking important wickets. Australia need one here.
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?
Mitchell Starc is back on! Finch has gone to his strike bowler. They need to break this stand.
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.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back!
Pat Cummins returns. 7-0-26-3 so far.
Mitchell Starc is back on. 5-1-25-0 so far.
Wahab Riaz is in next.
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.
Hassan Ali walks in now. This is a really lonngggggggggggggggggg tail for Pakistan. Glenn Maxwell returns too. 4-0-27-0 so far.
Kane Richardson is back on. 4-0-28-0 so far.
Asif Ali is the new batsman.
Shoaib Malik is the new batsman.
Aaron Finch brings himself on to bowl.
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed walks in at number 5, replacing Imam.
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.
Pat Cummins is back on.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back on.
Mitchell Starc is back on. A slip in place.
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.
Kane Richardson is back on.
Glenn Maxwell is on.
Mohammad Hafeez is the number 4 batsman. Was the Man of The Match in the previous game.
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.
Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack now. Is on 49 ODI wickets.
Bowling change. Kane Richardson replaces Mitchell Starc into the attack.
Babar Azam is the new batsman. Australia on the attack. They have a short leg in place.
Mitchell Starc to bowl with the second new ball. Three slips in place for him as well.
A Free Hit coming up!
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...