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ICC World Cup 2023: David Warner stars as Australia beat Pakistan by 62 runs

Australia 367-9 (50 overs): Warner 163 (124), Marsh (108); Afridi 5-54

Pakistan 305 (45.3 overs): Imam-ul-Haq 70 (71), Shafique 64 (61); Zampa 4-53

Australia won by 62 runs 

David Warner scored a superb 163 knock as Australia outclassed Pakistan by 62 runs to get their ICC World Cup 2023 campaign back on track. 

The victory has lifted the Aussies to fourth in the World Cup standings, having the same points as the Green Shirts but with a better net run rate. 

Warner and Marsh help Australia to mammoth target 

Pakistan won the toss at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and elected to bowl first. 

A golden opportunity to dismiss Warner early came their way but Usama Mir dropped one of the easiest catches. 

That proved very costly as the experienced batter went on to score 163 runs. His innings included an incredible 14 boundaries and nine sixers.   

Warner and Mitchell Marsh created a 259-run opening stand, with the latter also completing his century. 

Apart from the two openers, none of the other Australian batters played well as the team posted 367 runs on the board in 50 overs. 

Shaheen Shah Afridi was the standout bowler for Pakistan, with the 23-year-old finishing with figures of 5-54.  

Abdullah and Imam laid good platform 

Pakistan chased a World Cup record total of 345 against Sri Lanka earlier this month, and another record chase looked possible after an impressive start from their two openers. 

Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq created a brilliant partnership of 134 runs, with both batsmen completing their half-centuries. 

But Marcus Stoinis got the breakthrough as he dismissed Abdullah on 64 in the 22nd over. 

Imam also fell prey to the bowling of the 34-year-old after he made 70-off-71 with the help of 10 boundaries.  

Captain Babar Azam once again failed to play a long innings, with Pat Cummins pulling off a spectacular catch to take his wicket. 

Some big hitting from Iftikhar Ahmed sparked hopes of a comeback but Adam Zampa removed the dangerous batsman in the 39th over. 

The right-arm spinner picked up two more as Pakistan were bowled out for 305, losing the match by 62 runs. 

Zampa took four wickets in total, while Stoinis and Cummins claimed two scalps each. 

Australia have made a big comeback in the ICC World Cup 2023 after losing their first two matches to India and South Africa. 

As for the Green Shirts, they are now on a two-match losing run and must significantly improve their performances in the next matches if they desire to make it to the semi-finals. 

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