Openers David Warner and Mitchell Marsh smashed a stunning hundreds against a sloppy Pakistan to lift Australia to 367-9 in their Cricket World Cup 2023 clash in Bengaluru on Friday. Warner survived a leg-before appeal from the very first ball of the match and was then dropped for 10 in the fifth over before hitting a punishing 124-ball 163 after Australia were sent in to bat on a flat Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch. Marsh, celebrating his 32nd birthday, hit a 108-ball 121 as the pair raced to an Australian World Cup opening record of 259 in the 34th over, much to the delight of a crowd of 30,000.
Pakistan’s successful chase of 345 runs against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad 10 days ago is the highest in World Cup history.
Their highest ODI chase was also against Australia, 349 in Lahore last year.
Warner’s innings had 14 boundaries and nine towering sixes as he and Marsh spared none of the Pakistani bowlers. Marsh’s knock was peppered with ten boundaries and nine sixes.
Their stand – just 23 short of the World Cup opening record of 282 by Sri Lanka Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan against Zimbabwe in Pallekele in 2011 – was helped by some poor Pakistani bowling and fielding.
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It was the moment that turned the innings as Warner’s misfire off Shaheen Shah Afridi ballooned in the air, but Osama Mir — replacement Shadab Khan in the side — let the ball slide between shaking hands.
Warner made the most of his reprieve as he and Marsh hit four boundaries and a six off the pacer Haris Rauf‘s first over, takes 24 in total.
A Pushpa trademark by David Warner after reaching the century in Chinnasaamy #AUSvsPAK
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Australia smashed 82 in the first power-play and completed 200 in the 30th over.
Warner completed his second World Cup century – and 21st overall – with a single off off-spinner Mohammad Nawaz off 85 balls, while Marsh reached his second ODI century with a six in the same run, taking 100 balls.
Ironically, it was Mir who caught Marsh off Shaheen to break the stand in the 34th over.
Warner continued the carnage with three more sixes before falling to Rauf while holding out at long-on.
Shaheen, who finished with 5-54, helped Pakistan mount a comeback in the last ten overs with six wickets falling for 70 runs. Rauf took 3-83.
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