June 12 : Australia on Wednesday sealed their third win of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 as they defeated Pakistan by 41 runs at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
Australia captain Aaron Finch said,“It’s always tough with guys like Hassan and Wahab – they are good strikers of the ball and when they get on a roll they can be hard to stop. It was really disappointing that we didn’t bat out our 50 overs. We probably tried to go too hard too early, but that happens and it’s great that we still got the two points. It was a tough call to leave Zamps out – when you lose your allrounder you have to choose an extra bowler or an extra batter; you can’t have both.”
Batting first, Australia posted 307 on board, a sensational 107 by David Warner and a solid knock of 82 by Aaron Finch. Chasing 308, Pakistan could only manage to score 266 as Pat Cummins wreaked havoc by picking up three wickets.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said, “I’m very disappointed. We lost three wickets in 15 balls [in the middle order] and that’s why we lost the match. We conceded too many runs at the start of the innings – except Amir, the other bowlers did not bowl well with the new ball. After 20 overs we came back really hard. For me this was a 270-280 pitch. We will try our best against India.”
Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile scalped two apiece as the defending champions get back to winning ways.