Result
17th match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Taunton, Jun 12 2019
45.4/50 ov, target 308
266
Australia won by 41 runs
Player Of The Match
Australia
Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Australia307(49 overs)
David Warner107 (111)
Aaron Finch82 (84)
Pakistan266(45.4 overs)
end of over 460 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 266/10CRR: 5.82 • RRR: 9.69 • Need 42 from 26b
Sarfaraz Ahmed40 (48)
Kane Richardson8.4-0-62-2
Mitchell Starc9-1-43-2

6.20pm: Well, at least both teams beat the rain, eh? This was shaping up to probably the finish of the tournament so far, until Starc and Australia nipped out the last three wickets in nine balls to ensure a comfortable-enough margin of victory... Anyway, thanks for chipping in, you can go over everything on the Live Report and then we'll have Danyal's considered wrap on the site soon. There's another pretty tasty match-up tomorrow, heavens permitting, so make sure to join us again for that. From myself, Miller and Alex (and Ranjith), it's cheerio for now!

6.10pm: Presentations time, Sarfaraz Ahmed first up: "Definitely, the batting was short and that's why we lost the match, Hasan batted well, Wahab batted well, we fought but could not win. We conceded too many runs first 20 overs, except for Amir the other bowlers did not bowl well, 270-80 was [par]. If we want to win, the fop four have to make runs. Imam made fifty, Babar made 30, but the top four must score runs. [Next game v India?] We will try our level best."

Australia captain Aaron Finch: "They certainly did [run it close], it's always tough when you've got guys like Hasan and Wahab coming out and swinging. When they get on a roll it can be tough to stop. We had to bowl our best ball, yorker or length, if your execution is off you go out of the ground. Disappointing we didn't bat out 50 overs, when you go in with an extra better. We probably tried to go too hard too early and ended up 20-30 runs short. But great we still got the two points despite not finishing off. It was a tough call, when you lose your allrounder you have to chose an extra better or bowler. We backed Maxwell to bowl ten overs, he got seven out and I managed to sneak a couple."

6pm: The points go with green and gold, Australia completing a 41-run win despite the best efforts of the Pakistan tail. Taunton was jumping to the Jailbreak Rock for a while, but in the end the curate's egg turned out to be mostly bad for Pakistan. Australia move up to six points with their third win, and that is a setback for Sarfaraz Ahmed's men in green, who showed flashes of what they were capable of but ultimately couldn't hold it together.

David Warner is named Man of the Match: "When I got out we had 70 balls to go, as the 'in' batter you want to bat 50 overs. We should have been around 340-50, credit to Pakistan, their second spells were fantastic and made it hard for us to hit down the ground. It was a used wicket and a touch dry, they bowled very straight lines, gave me no width, I just had to come out [and grind]... bit of movement early on, had to be tighter and climb into the back-of-a-length balls. For us it's about the way we finished, some great knocks for Pakistan, Wahab freeing his arms. Our bowlers bowled fantastic, they probably got closer than we expected but it was a great game."

45.4
w
Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, OUT
run out backing up! Maxwell seals it for Straya! Leaps to take the ball one-handed at short extra cover, then fires a throw at one-and-a-bit stumps to leave Sarfaraz well short! No dramas, mate
Sarfaraz Ahmed run out (Maxwell) 40 (96m 48b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
45.3
Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run
short of a length, climbs to hit the splice as Afridi angles his bat
45.2
Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run
good length and he draws him out, nips this past the outside edge
45.1
Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run
round the wicket, pitched full and tapped away

"Shaheen Afridi has an average of 20. That will do it!" Asfand's not giving up... To be fair, they only need a last-wicket thrash like Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain managed at Headingley last month

end of over 453 runs • 2 wicket
PAK: 266/9CRR: 5.91 • RRR: 8.40 • Need 42 from 30b
Shaheen Afridi1 (2)
Sarfaraz Ahmed40 (48)
Mitchell Starc9-1-43-2
Kane Richardson8-0-62-2
44.6
1
Starc to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run
pitched up and squirted off the pads through backward square

Pakistan's win percentage down to 20% now ("So you're telling me there's a chance?")

44.5
Starc to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run
pitched up, swinging late as Afridi pokes and gets an edge into his pads

Shaheen Afridi is last man in, 43 needed... No pressure, son

44.4
w
Starc to Mohammad Amir, OUT
145kph/90mph full toss, Amir drags on! In no position to drive, all the weight going back and a thick inside edge judders the base of middle stump! Starc bringing the Mortal Kombat styles here, 'Finish him!'
Mohammad Amir b Starc 0 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
44.3
Starc to Mohammad Amir, no run
short of a length, 139kph/87mph and Amir pushes off the back foot and narrowly fails to nick off in near-identical fashion to Wahab
44.3
1w
Starc to Mohammad Amir, 1 wide
over the wicket, dug in short and sliding leg side as Amir jerks under it... called wide

Out comes Mohammad Amir, who knows which end of the rhubarb to hold. But the pressure is on here. Can he hang in there?

44.2
w
Starc to Wahab Riaz, OUT
beats the bat, Wahab poking at it off the back foot, Carey and Starc like it! Not given by umpire Palliyaguruge, but Australia review with one second left on the countdown! Fencing off the back foot, well away from the body, if there was a sound it must have been bat... and there's a line on Ultra Edge! That's the breakthrough, Starc prises one out! Huge relief for Finch, who called for the DRS at the very last moment
Wahab Riaz c †Carey b Starc 45 (49m 39b 2x4 3x6) SR: 115.38
44.1
1
Starc to Sarfaraz Ahmed, 1 run
short ball neatly played, a back cut fine... but third man is well positioned to prevent more than a single
end of over 446 runs
PAK: 263/7CRR: 5.97 • RRR: 7.50 • Need 45 from 36b
Sarfaraz Ahmed39 (47)
Wahab Riaz45 (38)
Kane Richardson8-0-62-2
Mitchell Starc8-1-40-0

Here's Joe Kar: "Wahab is doing what Nile did to West Indies.. Now Aussie is in receiving end..." I have to say, when someone mentioned NCN earlier, I did not see this coming

43.6
1
Richardson to Sarfaraz Ahmed, 1 run
short and room for a late slap to third man, just a single to finish the over
43.5
Richardson to Sarfaraz Ahmed, no run
early move across from Sarfaraz, miscues the pull to short midwicket... and Wahab then has to dive for his ground backing up!
43.4
1
Richardson to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
short and wide, slapped through point off the back foot
43.3
1
Richardson to Sarfaraz Ahmed, 1 run
shortish and worked off the body

"Overcaffeinated at a slow day at work. Pakistan giving me extra jitters... they really know how to make one sweat it out." Hook it to your veins, Mustafa. No sleep till Brooklyn!

43.2
1
Richardson to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
pitched up and slashed off the outside edge to third man
43.1
2
Richardson to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs
slower ball, loops out as a full toss and Wahab dinks it behind square, Cummins is coming round at deep backward point, but he makes it back for two with a full-blooded dive!

Kane Richardson back now. Australia still need to find an over from somewhere, remember. Asking rate back over seven

end of over 433 runs
PAK: 257/7CRR: 5.97 • RRR: 7.28 • Need 51 from 42b
Wahab Riaz41 (35)
Sarfaraz Ahmed37 (44)
Mitchell Starc8-1-40-0
Nathan Coulter-Nile9-0-53-1

ARSLAN SONY is asking for the impossible, I fear: "Pakistan don't be silly anymore, keep it simple and you will be home in time."

42.6
1
Starc to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
fired in full and whipped off the pads, one more to fine leg
Best performances - batsmen
DA Warner
107 runs (111)
11 fours
1 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
cover drive
26 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
212151413111228
AJ Finch
82 runs (84)
6 fours
4 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
flick
32 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
6586541826
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Amir
O
10
M
2
R
30
W
5
Eco
3.00
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
2W
PJ Cummins
O
10
M
0
R
33
W
3
Eco
3.30
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
TossPakistan , elected to field first
SeriesWorld Cup
Player Of The Match
David Warner
Match numberODI no. 4157
Season2019
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Match days12 June 2019 (50-over match)
Umpires
Nigel Llong
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft
PointsAustralia 2, Pakistan 0