Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Australia beat Pakistan as ICC Cricket World Cup returns after rain

Australia beat Pakistan as ICC Cricket World Cup returns after rain

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed chose to give his bowlers first use of a green-tinged pitch under overcast skies.

Shaun Marsh and Kane Richardson will make their World Cup debuts after being called into Australia's team for the clash with Pakistan.

"That's the big improvement in my game in the last couple of years, the ability to hold a length and make it hard to get runs", said Cummins, who has established a reputation of being the most miserly bowler in global cricket. A spell of 15 balls where Pakistan lost 3 wickets consigned them to defeat despite some strong hitting from Hassan Ali and Wahab Riaz leaving Pakistan all out for 266.

And roles were reversed against Australia, as dropped catches, mis-fields and overthrows made a big difference, Pakistan's chase falling 41-runs short of their 307 total.

"We have got to come out and bowl Test match line and length and be very disciplined".

"When they start to get on a roll it can be tough to stop". The seamer, who was not picked in Pakistan's initial World Cup squad, completed his fifer and gave away just 30 runs in his 10-over quota.

The opener, back after serving a 12-month suspension for his part in last year's ball-tampering scandal, struck 107 in Australia's 307 all out in 49 overs. Given the impregnable position they had been in less than two hours earlier, it was an impressive passage of play for Pakistan, and a reminder of why Sarfaraz had opted to bowl first - this was what Pakistan had hoped would transpire for all 50 overs, not just the second half.

When asked whether he is a Warner fan, the kid said: "Yes, I really like him and I am happy with Australia's win". "Except for Amir the other bowlers did not bowl really well", Sarfaraz said.

That first over was a maiden and Amir bowled two in a four-over spell in which he conceded a mere 11 runs.

At the end of the over, Finch was 35 not out and left-hander David Warner 33 not out.

"Our bowlers bowled fantastic, they probably got closer than we expected but it was a great game". I think that was the head start, we didn't expect it to play that way, to get a 146-run partnership at the start in quick time. "If you want to win matches your top four must score runs".

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