A fired-up David Warner's first century since his return to international cricket has steered Australia to 307 in their World Cup clash with Pakistan. In reply, Pakistan were off to a poor start, losing the first wicket in the third over. As of filing this report at 7.56pm, Pakistan were 14/1 after 4.2 overs.
Having struggled for fluency in his previous knocks at this World Cup, Warner looked back to his brilliant best in what were arguably the toughest batting conditions. Warner and his opening partner Aaron Finch negotiated them skillfully, and with some slices of good fortune, in recording a 146-run first-wicket stand, the highest partnership of the tournament so far.
Asif Ali dropped two simple catches off Wahab, one at slip off Finch on 26 and one at third man off Warner on 104, while Pakistan were also left to rue numerous misfields. But the reigning 50-over world champions failed to capitalise on the promising foundations laid by their openers, with Warner’s exit prompting a collapse of 7-65.
Paceman Mohammad Amir was outstanding with the ball, removing four of Australia's top seven batsmen and finishing with 5-30 from his 10 overs – the best figures recorded at this World Cup so far. While Warner admitted on the television broadcast that Australia had left an “a few runs out there”, 308 nonetheless presents a difficult chase for Pakistan.
Australia will rely heavily on their four-pronged pace attack to win them the game, having dropped leg-spinner Adam Zampa for the match and replacing injured seam-bowling allrounder Marcus Stoinis with batsman Shaun Marsh.