2019 World Cup 17th Match: Warner’s sensational ton sinks Pakistan

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David Warner celebrates after scoring his 15th ODI century

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Australia opener David Warner scored a magnificent 107 to lead his side to a 41-run win over Pakistan in their World Cup clash in Taunton.

Being put in to bat first, Australia got off to a fantastic start as Warner and captain Aaron Finch amassed a 146-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

Finch ended up making an 84-ball 82, which included six boundaries and four sixes, before he was dismissed by Mohammad Amir.

Steve Smith only scored 10 runs before he was caught by Asif Ali at extra cover off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez.

Glenn Maxwell made a quickfire 20 before he was clean bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi, who also took out Warner for 107, which came off 111 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six.

Once Warner was gone, Australia began to lose wickets in a hurry, largely thanks to Amir.

With Shaun Marsh and Alex Carey making 23 and 20 respectively, Australia managed to reach 307 before they were bowled out.

Amir was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Afridi snapped up two, and Hafeez, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz chipped in with one wicket apiece.

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Mohammad Amir finished with career-best figures of 5-30 off his 10 overs

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Chasing 308 to win, Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman early on as he was caught by Kane Richardson at third man off the bowling of Pat Cummins for a duck.

Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam made up for the loss of Zaman with a 54-run partnership before Azam was caught by Richardson off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile for 30.

Imam and Hafeez kept the runs flowing with an 80-run stand, during which Imam registered his fifty, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Cummins for 53, which came off 75 balls and included seven boundaries.

Hafeez went on to make 46 before he was caught by Mitchell Starc at deep square leg off the bowling of Finch.

Shoaib Malik was caught behind off the bowling of Cummins for a duck, while Asif Ali only made five before he was caught behind off the bowling of Richardson.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Hasan added 40 runs to the score before Hasan was sent packing by Richardson for a 15-ball 32.

Sarfraz and Wahab kept the scoreboard ticking with a 64-run partnership before Wahab was caught behind off the bowling of Starc for a 39-ball 45.

Starc struck again two balls later as he clean bowled Amir for a duck.

Pakistan were bowled out for 266 when Sarfraz was brilliantly run out by Maxwell for 40.

Cummins was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Starc and Richardson took two wickets apiece. As for Finch and Coulter-Nile, they claimed one wicket each.

Warner was named Man of the Match.

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