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CWC'19: Australia beat Pakistan despite Mohammad Amir's brilliance

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Despite pacer, producing his career-best figure of 5-30, defeated by 41 runs in the ongoing ICC Men's World Cup at the County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday.

a target of 308 runs, had a very sluggish start as Fakhar Zaman got out on a duck in the third over bowled by Imam-ul-Haq was then joined by and both struck regular boundaries to give their side a good momentum.

Both formed a partnership of 54 runs before got hold of Azam (30). then took the field and played steadily along with Imam-ul-Haq. Imam-ul-Haq (53) scored his half-century but soon after his half-century, he became a victim of

In the very next over, (46) tried to hit for a six off a full toss delivery bowled by but gave away an easy catch to Cummins came in to attack again after Finch's over and took the wicket of Shoaib Malik (0). With this, Pakistan had lost three wickets in three consecutive overs which had put them under immense pressure as half of their squad was back to the pavilion and they only had 149 runs on the board after the completion of 28 overs.

and then took the field but too got out after scoring just five runs. Asif Ali's dismissal brought to the field and started playing furiously from the beginning only. scored 32 runs off just 15 deliveries which consisted of three sixes and three boundaries. However, took the wicket of Hasan Ali in the 34th over.

then took the field and played brilliantly along with Ahmed. Both added 64 runs to the board before took the wicket of (45). Pakistan needed 44 runs off 34 balls when took the field but in the same over Starc got hold of Amir (0). then took the field but got run out in the next over and consequently, Pakistan lost the match by 41 runs as they got all out on 266 runs.

Earlier, got off to a scintillating start despite the first over of the inning was a maiden over bowled by Both the openers, and Aaron Finch, batted brilliantly as they dominated the Pakistan bowlers.

Both struck their respective fifties and formed a 146-run partnership. Pakistan got their first breakthrough in the 23rd over as Finch tried to smash Amir but was caught by which ended his 82-run inning.

then joined Warner and both added another 43 runs on the scoreboard before Smith was sent back to the pavilion by Mohammad Hafeez in the 29th over.

then took the field and scored 20 runs off just 10 balls but bowled him which brought to the field.

In the 36th over, Warner hammered a boundary to off his first delivery of the over and completed his century, which was his first since coming back from the ban.

Warner was dropped in the 37th over bowled by However, in the very next over bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Warner was caught at deep point by Imam-ul-Haq which brought an end to his 107-run inning.

Australia were at 243 runs for the loss of four wickets after the completion of 38 overs. After Warner's dismissal, took the field and along with Marsh, formed a 35-run partnership.

Mohammad Amir then got hold of Khawaja, who played an inning of 18 runs. Amir then, in his next over, took the wicket of Marsh (23). and took the field but their partnership did not last long as Wahab Riaz took the wicket of Coulter-Nile (2).

Cummins then accompanied Carey but he too got out in the very next over bowled by Hasan Ali. Mohammad Amir bowled the 49th over and took the wickets of Carey and and with this, all the Australian side was back to the pavilion after scoring 307 runs. After getting an impeccable start, Mohammad Amir hindered Australia's momentum as he achieved his career-best figures by taking five wickets and conceding just 30 runs in his 10 overs. Moreover, Amir is now the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 10 wickets.

Australia will now face on June 15 while Pakistan will compete with on June 16.

Brief scores: Australia 307/10 (107, 82, Mohammad Amir 5-30) defeated Pakistan 266/10 (Imam-ul-Haq 53, Mohammad Hafeez 46, 3-33) by 41 runs.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 23:22 IST