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World Cup 2023: Twitter erupts as Australia hand Pakistan a 62-run defeat in Bengaluru


World Cup 2023: Twitter erupts as Australia hand Pakistan a 62-run defeat in Bengaluru

Australia emerged victorious against Pakistan in a thrilling 18th match of the ODI World Cup 2023. The clash took place at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and saw the Aussie side outshine Pakistan in all departments.

Australian batters unleash carnage on Pakistan’s bowling unit

Australia’s batters put on a masterclass in power hitting, amassing an imposing total of 367/9 in their allotted 50 overs. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh were the stars of the show with blistering centuries. Warner’s explosive 163 off 124 balls, featuring fourteen fours and nine sixes, set the tone for Australia. Marsh complemented him with a well-constructed 121 off 108 deliveries, including ten fours and nine sixes. The other contributions came from Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis, and Marcus Stoinis, all playing their parts in ensuring Australia reached a formidable total.

Shaheen Afridi’s fightback and resilience

Shaheen Afridi was the standout bowler for Pakistan, claiming five wickets for 54 runs in his ten overs. Haris Rauf also chipped in with three crucial scalps but was relatively expensive, conceding 83 runs in his eight overs.

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Pakistan batters show grit but fail to get their team over the line

Chasing a daunting target, Pakistan showed resilience and determination in their innings but ultimately fell short. Imam ul Haq top-scored with 70 runs off 71 balls, supported by Abdullah Shafique‘s 64 and Mohammad Rizwan‘s 46. However, the required run rate continued to rise, and Pakistan lost wickets at crucial intervals. Adam Zampa was the pick of the Australian bowlers, scalping four wickets for 53 runs in his ten overs.

In the end, Australia’s brilliant performance with both the bat and the ball secured them a 62-run victory over Pakistan. Although Pakistan displayed great spirit, they couldn’t quite match the firepower of the Australian team.

With this win, Australia registered their second win in four games after a disastrous start in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Warner was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ for his sensational hundred.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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