Fifty up for Australia! Australia finishes the powerplay with 55 on the board, its best effort in this World Cup. The Aussies will be pleased with this start after being put in to bat.
AUS 49/0 in 9 overs: Wahab Riaz is introduced and he gets on to beat the face of Finch’s bat with one that moves away with pace!
AUS: 36/0 in 7 overs: Hassan Ali replaces Shaheen and Pakistan get some control back.
AUS 27/0 in 5 overs: While Shaheen is bowling half-trackers, Amir is on the money with his line and length, getting the ball to move away from Finch. The Aussie skipper is fishing outside the off stump but isn’t getting bat on ball. Second maiden from Amir. His figures read: 3-2-3-0
AUS 27/0 in 4 overs: WHACK! Shaheen bowls short and Finch climbs all over it and deposits it over square leg boundary for a six with a pull shot! The bowler receives a similar treatment from Warner but only a four this time. 17 runs from the over.
AUS 7/0 in 2 over: Shaheen Afridi doesn’t get the start Amir had. He starts off with a couple of short balls, the second of which David Warner was quick to spot and he shuffled across and sent it away to the fine leg fence. A wide and a couple of singles end the over without any eventuality.
AUS 0/0 in 1 over: A maiden to start with. Terrific way to start proceedings for Pakistan. Amir did well to mix it up – fuller length ones, a couple on the good length area – and it has kept Aaron Finch guessing.
Aaron Finch and David Warner walk out. Mohammad Amir is warming up and will start proceedings with the new ball.
Time for the teams to walk out and the National Anthems.
Team news: Shaheen Afridi comes in for Shadab Khan for Pakistan while Kane Richardson comes in place of Adam Zampa and Shaun Marsh replaces Marcus Stoinis, who is out with a side strain.
Here are the playing XIs
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez (wk/cap), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (cap), Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson.
Toss: Aaron Finch tosses the coin, …read more
Source:: Daily Times