Australia vs Pakistan Highlights World Cup 2019: Finch-Warner partnership, Amir's five wicket haul

Defending champions Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs in the fourth game of their world cup campaign. Here we have a look at some of the brilliant performances of the day.
Australia vs Pakistan Highlights World Cup 2019: Finch-Warner partnership, Amir's five wicket haulAustralia vs Pakistan Highlights World Cup 2019: Finch-Warner partnership, Amir's five wicket haul
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Five time champions Australia took on Pakistan in the in the 17th game of the World Cup at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Khan won the toss and chose to bowl first. This move backfired as Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch continued to pile up runs at will and batted themselves into a position of strength. At one point Australia were cruising towards a total in excess of 350. But some fine bowling from Pakistan meant that Australia were bundled out for 307 in 49 overs.

In reply, Pakistan could never get going as they lost wickets in a heap and struggled to keep in touch with the required run rate. In the dying stages of the game, Australia survived a late scare in the form of a partnership between Wahab Riaz and Sarfaraz Ahmed. But, as the run rate kept climbing, Australia's spearhead Mitchell Starc picked up two quick wickets to close out the game. Australia eventually won the game by 41 runs.

1. David Warner and Aaron Finch's opening stand:

Put into bat by Sarfaraz Ahmed, David Warner and Aaron Finch made sure that they did not lose any wickets in the initial stages of the innings. Later, after getting a measure of the conditions, they took the attack to the opposition and batted themselves into a position of strength. The duo put on 146 for the opening wicket in 22.1 overs. Finch was unlucky to miss out on a hundred as he got out for a well made 82. His partner David Warner made sure that he scored his 15th ODI hundred.

2. Mohammad Amir's 5 wicket haul:

Mohammad Amir was not in the greatest of form coming into the World Cup. Slowly he has found ways to pick up wickets and has become an ever reliable bowler for Sarfaraz Ahmed.

At one stage, when Australia were smashing the Pakistani bowlers all around the park, it was Mohammad Amir who brought things under control. He ended up with excellent figures of 5 for 30- the fourth best bowling figures by any Pakistan bowler in a World Cup game. If not for their below par batting performance, it was Pakistan's game to be won.

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