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Australia defeats Pakistan at World Cup after David Warner century

A defiant century from David Warner proved the difference as Australia escaped a sticky situation to defeat Pakistan at Taunton.

In a clash that was ultimately far tighter than the final 41-run margin would suggest, Australia overcame another batting collapse – this time losing 6-30 – and a dogged Pakistan run chase to secure victory.

In a sign of how close the match was, jubilant scenes among the Australian team followed Glenn Maxwell’s brilliant run out Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to claim the final wicket.

Maxwell’s match-winning run out

But the dramatic escape wouldn’t divert attention from the issues with Australia’s team balance, according to Wide World Of Sports’ Ian Healy.

Injury to Marcus Stoinis left Australia exposed with no seam-bowling all-rounder. He was replaced by batsman Shaun Marsh while leg spinner Adam Zampa was omitted in favour of fourth quick Kane Richardson.

“Australia got away with whatever changes they had to make,” Healy said.

“They went in a bowler light and got away with it.

“They could have had a lot more runs on the board than 307 all out too, because Warner and Finch (82) did the lot. The rest (of the batting order) fell into some lazy habits.”

But if a sign of a strong team is the ability to win ugly then Australia remains on an upward curve. At Taunton it was Australia’s bowling spearheads that backed up Warner’s innings to defend the par total on the small ground.

Leader of the attack Pat Cummins claimed 3-33 to put the defending champions well on top deep in the run chase.

Aussies collapse as Amir takes five

But with Pakistan 6-160 their lower order had other ideas, with first Hasan Ali (32 from) and then Wahab Riaz (45 off 39) putting their team back in the game.

With the equation down to 44 off 35 and three wickets in hand, Starc (2-43) claimed the wickets of Wahab and Mohammad Amir in the same over to put Australia back in control.

His dismissal of Wahab was to some degree fortunate after the Pakistani was given not out to a caught behind appeal on field, before captain Aaron Finch reviewed with one second left on the countdown clock.

Replays showed the ball that had just nipped away from him brushed the edge of the bat to have him out, before Starc then bowled Amir two balls later.

Glenn Maxwell then finished the job, producing an acrobatic run out of Sarfraz Ahmed the following over to have Pakistan all out for 266.

Cummins had earlier sparked a middle-order collapse, when Pakistan lost 2-24 after being on track at 2-136.

He had Imam-ul-Haq caught down the legside gloving a ball he attempted to hook, and then got rid of the dangerous Shoaib Malik with a ball that jagged back at him and caught the inside edge on the way to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

Clever review brings crucial wicket

Finch also claimed a rare wicket as he got through two overs in the absence of the injured Marcus Stoinis when Mohammad Hafeez swept a ball to Starc on the boundary for 46.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was improved with the ball but still finished 1-53, while Kane Richardson took 2-62 in his World Cup debut.

The result puts Australia second behind New Zealand, with England and India in third and fourth but with games in hand.

Australia had earlier appeared to leave the door open for Pakistan when they fell from 2-223 to all out for 307 in the final 16 overs.

Warner’s century marked his first since he returned to the Australian side from his 12-month ban, as he dominated on the drive and punished Pakistan’s bowlers whenever they erred in their length.

His 111-ball knock also answered the opener’s critics in emphatic fashion, after his slower-than-usual scoring rates had been questioned following the opening three games.

Finch also hit 82 for his sixth straight score above 50 against Pakistan, while the pair’s 146-run opening stand was the biggest partnership for any wicket of the tournament.

But after Glenn Maxwell (20) threw his wicket when he was clean bowled trying to go big, Shaun Marsh (23) and Usman Khawaja (18) both struggled to get going before falling to left-armer Amir (5-30).

– with AAP

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