Australia secured a convincing 62-run victory over Pakistan, in an important World Cup match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India.
Australia set an imposing target of 368 runs, with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh contributing significantly to a 259-run partnership, which was Australia’s highest-ever opening stand in World Cup history.
Pakistan‘s openers, Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique, began strongly with a 134-run partnership, marking the first time a Pakistani opening pair achieved a century stand against Australia in a World Cup match.
However, wickets began to fall at regular intervals, and despite a valiant effort by Iftikhar Ahmed, who scored boundaries, Adam Zampa’s crucial breakthroughs halted Pakistan’s progress.
Pakistan was eventually bowled out for 305 runs in 45.3 overs, while Australia’s 367-run total was the highest ever posted against Pakistan in a World Cup match. David Warner’s remarkable 163 was the highest individual score against Pakistan in World Cup history.
Shaheen Afridi was Pakistan’s standout bowler, claiming five wickets in the match, recording his second World Cup five-wicket haul.
Australia opener David Warner set the stage ablaze with an unforgettable inning of 135 runs, contributing to the longest opening partnership of 259 runs. However, it’s worth noting that there was a critical dropped catch when Warner had just reached 10 runs.
Australia set a huge total of 368-run target in the World Cup 2023 match being played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India.
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Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.
Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (capt), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.