CWC 2019 Recap: Mohammad Amir's fifer not enough to stop Australia's easy win
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
Australia 307 (Aaron Finch 82 , David Warner 107; Mohammad Amir 5-30)
Pakistan 266 (Imam ul-Haq 53, Mohammad Hafeez 46, Sarfaraz Ahmed 40, Wahab Riaz 45; Pat Cummins 3-33, Mitchell Starc 2-43)
Result – Australia won by 41 runs
After Aaron Finch 82 and David Warner 107 got Australia off to a perfect start with a 146-run opening stand in the 17th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton against Pakistan, The Men in Green bounced back, led by big-match hero Mohammad Amir's 5-30.
It was from dire situations that Pakistan rose, in both innings. First, they instigated Australia's collapse of 84/8, when it seemed like 350 was a certainty, to restrict them to just seven more than 300.
And then, from 160/6, the hitting prowess of Hassan Ali and Wahab Riaz gave Australia a bit of a fright with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed giving them company.
But before it got too threatening, Mitchell Starc - like he had done against West Indies - closed it off for Australia, showcasing his match-winning abilities whereby he always snatches those fifty-fifty moments at the death. At last, Pakistan fell a fair 41 runs short.
With this win, Australia took their streak of consecutive ODI wins against Pakistan to nine - the fourth highest by any country. The Aussies haven't lost a single ODI to Pakistan since 2017.