Bengaluru (Web Desk): Australia set 368-run target for Pakistan against Australia in their fourth match of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in India's Bangalore on Friday.
Australia's David Warner and Mitchell Marsh put on a masterclass in power-hitting against Pakistan as the five-time champions posted a daunting total of 367-9.
Pakistan are set a target of 368 @iShaheenAfridi and @HarisRauf14 share eight wickets between them after ???????? openers Warner and Marsh amassed tons.#AUSvPAK | #DattKePakistani | #WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/rPJLvBadbh— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 20, 2023
Warner entertained the crowd with a blistering knock of 163 off 124 balls while Marsh walked off with a career-best 121 as the pair combined for 24 boundaries and 18 sixes while Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi picked up five wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and put Australia in to bat but skipper Babar Azam's hopes of picking up early wickets quickly evaporated when Warner and Marsh went all guns blazing to put on a 259-run opening stand.
Pakistan have made one change in today's match against Australia as Osama Mir replaced Shadab Khan. While Australia, with no changes in team, are playing with the same squad.
Following the toss, captain Babar Azam said that we have trained well for this match and had many good practice sessions.
Australian captain Pat Cummins said that batting first is also fine, but if they had won the toss, they would have fielded first.
Babar Azam-led team has so far won two out of three total games played, while Proteas has only managed to secure one win out of its total three matches in the tournament.
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.
Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (capt), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.