Australia sets 368-run target against Pakistan


BENGALURU: In a thrilling 18th match of the World Cup, Australia has set a formidable target of 368 runs for Pakistan to chase. The encounter began with Pakistan winning the toss and opting to field, a decision that could prove to be a costly one.

Australia’s opening batsmen, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, got off to a blazing start, forming a partnership of over 200 runs. The situation favoured Warner with only 10 runs on the board when he was presented with a golden opportunity. As Shaheen Afridi delivered a high ball, Warner’s simple catch was dropped by Asif Ali.

It was a Warner’s cricket as he went on to amass an impressive 163 runs, while Marsh contributed 121 runs to their partnership. Further, Marcus Stoinis scored 21, Marnus Labuschagne managed 8, and Steven Smith added 7 runs to the Australian total.

For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi emerged as the leading wicket-taker, securing 5 crucial wickets, while Haris Rauf managed to dismiss 3 Australian batsmen. Asif Ali contributed with a vital catch and a wicket.

The Australian innings reached an impressive total of 367 runs, setting a challenging target for Pakistan in this World Cup clash. With a remarkable performance by their openers, Australia has certainly put themselves in a commanding position in this crucial encounter.

The onus now falls on Pakistan’s batsmen to chase down the imposing target and keep their World Cup hopes alive. Cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the thrilling run chase to unfold.

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