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World Cup: Warner century powers Australia to 41-run win over Pakistan

TAUNTON: David Warner used to be now not in his same old damaging self but effective nevertheless, his first world century since finishing the ball-tampering ban putting in place Australia's 41-run win over Pakistan within the World Cup on Wednesday.


Australia regarded set for a total in way over 350 whilst Warner and captain Aaron Finch (82) had been at the crease, but Mohammad Amir (five/30) staged a grand comeback together with his very best ODI bowling figures to bowl their combatants out for 307.

Pakistan's innings ended at 266 in 45.4 overs but now not ahead of the duo of Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz gave the Australians a scare with a rearguard action that revived their hopes for some time.

Pakistan had been at one level tottering at 160 for six within the 30th over.

Riaz smashed 45 off 39 balls with two fours and three sixes, whilst Sarfaraz made 40 off 48. The side's top-scorer even though used to be opener Imam-ul-Haq (53), Mohammad Hafeez contributed 46 whilst Hasan Ali blazed away to 32 off only 15 balls ahead of Mitchell Starc closed out the sport at the demise.

Earlier, sent into bat after the coin landed in Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed's favour, Australia had been off to a steady start with Warner and Finch serving to them to 50 in 10 overs.

Amir began with a maiden and going with only four mainline bowlers, Australia knew they had to ranking giant to place Pakistan below pressure.

The Aussies broke loose towards Shaheen Afridi, with Finch hitting him over the deep square leg fence for a six and Warner using the pull shot to get a four. As Australia regarded for quick runs, Amir confirmed his magnificence via bowling some other maiden over.

Apart from the singles and twos, both controlled to find the ropes infrequently, ahead of Finch carted Mohammad Hafeez for 16 runs with the assistance of a six and two boundaries.

After a stand that yielded 146 runs in 22.1 overs, Amir provided Pakistan the much-needed step forward when he had Finch hitting one high up within the air against extra cover.

Warner hit Hasan Ali for two consecutive fours, and then, there used to be a trendy cover power via Steve Smith. A couple of quiet overs used to be followed via a productive one from Australia's viewpoint, with Warner smashing Shoaib Malik for a six over long-on and a four to select 15 runs.

Sitting lovely at 189 for two within the 29th over, Smith attempted to up the ante but in doing so, ended up giving a catch to Asif Ali, who had dropped a sitter within the slips previous at The Cooper Associates County Ground.

Glenn Maxwell struck 20 in 10 balls at the same time as Warner reached the three-figure mark when an edge flew between the keeper and the broad slip for a four. He were given out shortly after celebrating his century with gusto.

The display, then, belonged to Amir.

However, Amir's effort used to be now not sufficient as Pakistan suffered their moment defeat of the showpiece.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq made 53 off 75 balls and steadied the innings with a 54-run second-wicket stand with Babar Azam (28) after the early dismissal of Fakhar Zaman.

For Australia, Pat Cummins used to be essentially the most a hit bowler with figures of 3/33 whilst there have been two wickets apiece for Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson.

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