David Warner & Mitchell Marsh's Spectacular Centuries Propel Australia to a Formidable Total
BENGALURU: Australia showcased their prowess on the cricketing stage by defeating Pakistan in their fourth World Cup match, clinching a 62-run win after amassing a formidable total of 367 runs for nine wickets. Pakistan, in response, managed to put up a commendable fight but ultimately fell short, concluding their innings at 305 runs in 45.3 overs.
Openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq emerged as Pakistan's leading run-scorers, contributing 70 and 64 runs, respectively. However, the star of the day was Adam Zampa, who scalped four crucial wickets for the Australian side.
Australia's exceptional performance was spearheaded by their opening batsmen, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, who both achieved remarkable centuries. Their extraordinary partnership of 259 runs off 203 balls provided Australia with a solid foundation, allowing them to bat first and post a substantial total of 367 runs.
David Warner, named the 'Player of the Match,' delivered a breathtaking performance, smashing 163 runs in 124 balls, embellishing his innings with 14 boundaries and 9 towering sixes. This victory also marked Warner's fourth consecutive century against Pakistan, a feat that put him on par with Virat Kohli in terms of scoring consecutive centuries against a single team. Mitchell Marsh, equally spectacular, secured his second century, crushing 10 fours and 9 sixes.
It's worth noting that this is only the fourth instance in World Cup history where both openers in a match achieved centuries. Notably, this is Warner's 21st ODI century, showcasing his remarkable consistency and form. Australia appeared poised to breach the 400-run mark, but Pakistan's bowlers, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, staged an impressive comeback in the last 10 overs. Afridi's five-wicket haul for 54 runs in 10 overs played a pivotal role in restricting Australia to 370 runs.
While Australia's early innings saw Pakistan's bowlers struggle, Warner and Marsh encountered little resistance in accumulating runs. Warner was presented with an early chance when a catch by Usman Mir was put down at the beginning of his innings when he had only scored 10 runs and Australia's total was 22 runs. Warner proceeded to bat fearlessly, only departing after reaching his monumental score of 259 runs. Following Warner's dismissal, Australia's subsequent batsmen struggled to make significant contributions, ultimately culminating in a total of 367 runs in 50 overs.