Pakistan’s innings ended at 266 in 45.four overs overs however not earlier than the duo of Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz gave the Australians a scare with a rearguard motion that revived their hopes for some time.
Pakistan had been at one stage tottering at 160 for six within the 30th over. Riaz smashed 45 off 39 balls with two fours and three sixes, whereas Sarfaraz made 40 off 48.
The facet’s top-scorer although was opener Imam-ul-Haq (53), Mohammad Hafeez contributed 46 whereas Hasan Ali blazed away to 32 off solely 15 balls earlier than Mitchell Starc closed out the sport on the dying.
“When I got out we had 70 balls to go, as the ‘in’ batter you want to bat 50 overs. We should have been around 340-50, credit to Pakistan, their second spells were fantastic and made it hard for us to hit down the ground,” Warner stated on the post-match presentation ceremony. The dashing left-handed opener struck 107 off 111 balls, with 11 fours and a six.
Earlier, despatched into bat after the coin landed in Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed’s favour, Australia had been off to a gentle begin with Warner and Finch serving to them to 50 in 10 overs.
Amir began with a maiden and going with solely 4 mainline bowlers, Australia knew they wanted to attain massive to place Pakistan underneath strain. The Aussies broke free towards Shaheen Afridi, with Finch hitting him over the deep sq. leg fence for a six and Warner using the pull shot to get a 4.
As Australia seemed for fast runs, Amir confirmed his class by bowling one other maiden over. Other than the singles and twos, each managed to search out the ropes often, earlier than Finch carted Mohammad Hafeez for 16 runs with the assistance of a six and two boundaries.
After a stand that yielded 146 runs in 22.1 overs, Amir supplied Pakistan the much-needed breakthrough when he had Finch hitting one excessive up within the air in the direction of additional cowl.
Warner hit Hasan Ali for 2 consecutive fours, after which, there was an aesthetic cowl drive by Steve Smith. A couple of quiet overs was adopted by a productive one from Australia’s perspective, with Warner smashing Shoaib Malik for a six over long-on and a 4 to select 15 runs.
Sitting fairly at 189 for 2 within the 29th over, Smith tried to up the ante however in doing so, ended up giving a catch to Asif Ali, who had dropped a sitter within the slips earlier at The Cooper Associates County Floor. Glenn Maxwell struck 20 in 10 balls at the same time as Warner reached the three-figure mark when an edge flew between the keeper and the extensive slip for a 4. He obtained out shortly after celebrating his century with gusto.
The present, then, belonged to Amir. Nevertheless, Amir’s effort was not not sufficient as Pakistan suffered their second defeat of the showpiece. Opener Imam-ul-Haq made 53 off 75 balls and steadied the innings with a 54-run second-wicket with Babar Azam (28) after the early dismissal of Fakhar Zaman. For Australia, Pat Cummins was probably the most profitable bowler with figures of three/33 whereas there two wickets apiece for Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson.