David Warner scored his first century since returning from his ban as defending champion Australia ran out comfortable 41-run winner over Pakistan in match 17 at World Cup in Taunton Wednesday.
Australia opener David Warner scored his first international century since completing a year-long ban for ball-tampering when he reached three figures in a World Cup match against Pakistan on Wednesday.
The opener, back after serving a 12-month suspension for his part in last year’s ball-tampering scandal, struck 107 in Australia’s 307. His innings was great to watch.
He was calm & cool customer. Both Warner and Steve Smith, also returning from a year-long ban for ball-tampering, had been booed by fans in previous games but Pakistan fans largely heeded an appeal from Sarfaraz not to boo the pair, preferring to roar chants of “Amir!, Amir!”.
Mohammad Amir took five wickets as Pakistan recovered from a poor start to limit Australia’s total. He dragged Pakistan back into the game with career-best figures of five for 30 in 10 overs but Australia still managed to post a challenging score of 307, which ultimately proved beyond their opponents.
“It means a lot to a batter to get a century,” said man-of-the-match Warner. “It was a great effort from Pakistan in the end but our bowlers bowled excellent. They probably got closer than we expected.”
Pakistan’s chase started badly when Fakhar Zaman fell for a duck uppercutting Cummins to Kane Richardson at third man. Opener Imam-ul-Haq was upping the tempo in his 53 when he gloved Pat Cummins (3-33) down the legside to wicket-keeper Alex Carey.
Pakistan, after a middle-order collapse that saw them lose three wickets for 11 runs in 15 balls, were all but beaten at 200 for seven in the 34th over. But captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (40) and the big-hitting Wahab Riaz (45) gave them renewed hope with a stand of 64.
Australia have three wins in four matches while Pakistan are struggling, with just one victory in their four games so far.
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