The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru hosted its first match of Cricket World Cup 2023 today and provided a glimpse of what is to come in this tournament. The Australia vs Pakistan result went in favour of the Kangaroos but it was a high-scoring encounter with both sides crossing the 300-run mark. Australia won their second consecutive game while Pakistan went down for the second game in a row.
It was arguably the flattest pitch of the competition so far as the batters ruled the roost right through. However, the bowlers with variations were rewarded as well with Shaheen Afridi and Adam Zampa shined in their respective departments.
As far as the match is concerned, Australia posted a massive total of 367 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their 50 overs. At one stage, they were looking good to go past the 400-run mark but Pakistan bowlers led by Shaheen Afridi did well to pull things back in the last 10 overs picking up six Aussie wickets.
Pakistan started well in response with their openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq adding 134 runs. But they kept losing wickets at regular intervals post that to eventually get bundled out for 305 runs in the 46th over to lose the match by 62 runs.
Australia vs Pakistan result: Australia won by 62 runs
The 18th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 was won by Australia as they entered into the top four of the points table. It was a dominating show by their batters and bowlers just did their job perfectly to restrict Pakistan.
Match Highlights of Australia vs Pakistan result
Australia’s innings: On the back of centuries from Marsh and Warner, Australia added 259 runs in 33.5 overs. But they couldn’t finish off strongly and lost nine wickets for next 108 runs and in last 16 overs to end at 367/9 in 50 overs. Shaheen Afridi picked up his second fifer of the World Cup.
Pakistan’s chase: Pakistan were in the hunt to chase down the massive total until their openers were in the middle. Perhaps, they needed 103 runs in 12 overs at one stage and had six wickets in hand. But they lost all those wickets for 36 runs with Zampa picking up a four-wicket haul.
Man of the Match | Australia vs Pakistan Result
David Warner deservedly won the player of the match in this encounter. Opening the innings, he set the tone for Australia and added 259 runs for the opening wicket with Marsh. Warner was only dismissed in the 43rd over but not before scoring 163 runs off 124 balls with 14 fours and nine sixes to his name.
Australia vs Pakistan Final Scorecard
The final scorecard of the Australia vs Pakistan game played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Australia Innings: 367/9 after 50 overs
Pakistan Innings: 305 all out after 45.3 overs