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SportCricket: Warner hits century as Australia beat Pakistan

21:15  12 june  2019
21:15  12 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

England fall short to Pakistan

England fall short to Pakistan England fell to a tight 14-run defeat to Pakistan in a tense World Cup encounter at Trent Bridge, despite centuries from Joe Root and Jos Buttler. Requiring the highest-ever chase in a World Cup of 349 for victory, Root (107) and Buttler (103) shared an important 130-run fifth-wicket partnership but the pair both fell soon after reaching three figures as Pakistan's frontline seamers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir produced a fine spell of death bowling to strangle the middle and lower order.

Cricket: Warner hits century as Australia beat Pakistan© Reuters/ANDREW COULDRIDGE ICC Cricket World Cup - Australia v Pakistan

David Warner scored his first century since returning from his ban as holders Australia ran out comfortable 41-run winners over Pakistan in the World Cup at Taunton on Wednesday.

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.

Mohammad Amir took five wickets as Pakistan recovered from a poor start to limit Australia's total, and they were well in contention as they reached 136-2 in reply.

When Imam-ul-Haq was caught down the leg side off a wide delivery having just reached his half century and Mohammad Hafeez fell just short of his when he hit a Finch full toss straight to deep square leg, Pakistan's chances faded.

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Cricket: Warner hits century as Australia beat Pakistan© Reuters/ANDREW COULDRIDGE ICC Cricket World Cup - Australia v Pakistan

But a thrilling counter-attack started by Hasan Ali and continued by skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz put them right back in contention at 264-7 with six overs left.

Mitchell Starc settled Australian nerves when he had Riaz caught behind for 45 and two balls later bowled Amir before Sarfaraz was run out for 40 as Pakistan were dismissed for 266.

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