ICC World Cup 2019: Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs

Australia on Wednesday defeated Pakistan by 41 runs in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at the County Ground in Taunton.

Chasing a target of 308 runs, Pakistan had a very sluggish start as Fakhar Zaman got out on a duck in the third over bowled by Pat Cummins. Imam-ul-Haq was then joined by Babar Azam and both struck regular boundaries to give their side a good momentum.

Both formed a partnership of 54 runs before Nathan Coulter-Nile got hold of Azam (30). Mohammad Hafeez then took the field and played steadily along with Imam-ul-Haq. Imam-ul-Haq (53) scored his half-century but soon after his half-century, he became a victim of Pat Cummins.

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In the very next over, Mohammad Hafeez (46) tried to hit for a six off a full toss delivery bowled by Australia skipper Aaron Finch but gave away an easy catch to Mitchell Starc. Cummins came in to attack again after Finch’s over and took the wicket of Shoaib Malik (0).

With this, Pakistan had lost three wickets in three consecutive overs which had put them under immense pressure as half of their squad was back to the pavilion and they only had 149 runs on the board after the completion of 28 overs.

Australia will now face Sri Lanka on June 15 while Pakistan will compete with India on June 16.

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