Australia beat Pakistan by 14 runs on Tuesday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India, in a warm-up match for the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup.
Even though captain Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed had great hits, the Men in Green couldn’t catch up to 352 and lost their second practise game.
Pakistan got off to a good start when Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq put up 35 runs together. Fakhar Zaman hit some great shots, but Glenn Maxwell finally got rid of him. The first wicket had been lost by Pakistan.
Abdullah Shafique came in at number three, but Sean Abbott’s sharp bowling got rid of him before he could make a big difference.
Babar Azam, who batted with ease and grace, was the best thing about Pakistan’s turn at bat. He looked great, and his shots were fun to watch. He had to leave the game, but not before he scored 90 runs in 59 balls.
Iftikhar Ahmed helped Babar Azam a lot, and the two of them put up 144 runs together as the fifth wicket. Iftilkhar hit 83 runs, which was made up of six fours and four sixes.
Mohammad Nawaz took over as leader when Babar Azam left. He had a fiery 42-ball 50, hitting six boundaries and an extra six.
As the overs went by, Pakistan kept scoring runs. Usama Mir and Hasan Ali showed off their skills at the end of the game. They added important runs as they tried to reach 352.
Australia’s spinners, like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Sean Abbott, Marnus Labuschagne, and Mitchell Marsh, did their best to stop Pakistan’s batters. Labuschagne was the best bowler because he took three very important wickets.
At the end of their turn, Pakistan had a total of 337 runs and had lost nine wickets.
When Australia batted first, they didn’t show any mercy to the Pakistani fast bowlers. In 50 overs, they scored 351 runs, which is a huge number.
Glenn Maxwell played a great innings, scoring 77 runs in 71 balls with ten fours that went all over the pitch. Josh Inglis came next and helped the Aussies speed up their batting in the last 10 overs by getting 48 runs in 30 balls for a nice 160 strike rate.
Australia was off to a good start and was trying to get to 100 runs without losing a wicket when Usama Mir took out their openers, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, for 48 and 31 runs, respectively, in two straight overs.
Mir got two wickets for Pakistan, and Haris Rauf, Wasim Jr., and Shadab Khan each got one.
Even though he got a wicket, Rauf had a terrible game. In just nine overs, he gave up 97 runs.
It’s important to note that Shadab Khan was in charge of Pakistan when Babar Azam wasn’t there, and Mohammad Haris took Mohammad Rizwan’s place as wicketkeeper. Australia chose to bat first after they won the toss.
Each team plays 50 overs in the warm-up games for the ICC World Cup 2023. But these games won’t be One-Day Internationals (ODIs) because teams will be able to use any of their 15 players in the starting XI.
On October 6, Pakistan will play its first World Cup game against the Netherlands at the same site. On October 8, Australia will go to Chennai to play India.