The game balance was like seesaw which was always in favor of Australia. Pakistan lower middle batting order has tried hard but was short of 41 runs. Thanks to century by Warner and half-century by captain Aaron Finch the Australian finished on with 2 points.
Australia in the first innings looks like they will score 350 to 400 with a wicket in hand in the later half until the superior bowling performance by Mohammed Amir which helped Pakistan to restrict them to 307. Pakistan has very bad start was Fakar zaman went in very first over of their inning. Babar Azam. Imam, Hafiz had a good partnership in between but could not drag the game to last.
Hasan Ali and Wahab showed the fight with the bat to get closer to target which was like fear to Australia. So, called unpredictable team about proved why it is called unpredictable.
For Australia Pat Cummins took 3 wickets, Mitchell Starc &Kane Richardson had a good ball with 2 wickets respectively
Certainly, did put us under pressure. Guys like Hassan and Wahab are good strikers of the ball. Hard to stop when they’re on a roll. Just had to bowl our best ball, whether it’s a length ball or Yorker. When you’re slightly off, on a small ground like this, you’re punished. Didn’t bat out our fifty overs which was disappointing. When you go with an extra battery, you back the batsmen to do the job. Probably tried to go a little too hard too early. It was a tough call to leave out Zampa. When you lose your all-rounder to injury, have to choose one or the other. An extra battery or extra bowler. Went with the extra batter today. Backed Maxwell to bowl the overs. Was a tough call on Zampa. Has been bowling nicely.
Definitely very disappointing. Lost three wickets in 15 balls from 140/3. To take positives, Hassan Ali batted well, Wahab batted well. Fought in the end but could not finish it off well. Except for Amir, others did not bowl well. For me, this was a 270-280 pitch. To win matches, the top four has to perform. Made runs but couldn’t convert. To win matches, the top four must score runs. India-Pakistan is a big match so we’ll try our level best.
David Warner, Man of the Match:
When I got out, we had 70 balls to go. As a batter, you want to bat 50 overs. We should’ve been around 340-350, credit to Pakistan’s bowlers. Their second spells were outstanding and they made it hard for us. It was a used wicket; it was a tad dry and they bowled very straight lines to me and gave me no width. There was a bit of movement early on, so I had to be a lot tighter. This century means a lot as a batsman. Some great efforts from Pakistan. Our bowlers were fantastic but it was a great game.