Pakistan fan's hilarious reaction to team's fielding woes

Ross Houston
June 16, 2019

With the exception of the excellent Mohammad Amir, Pakistan's attack struggled early on, not helped by woeful fielding, but when Warner sliced Shaheen Afridi to Imam-ul-Haq at deep point, Australia's innings faltered.

India are also in fine form, with Virat Kohli's side having beaten both South Africa and Australia in their two previous group games before Thursday's no result against New Zealand.

That they didn't manage to get there was thanks nearly exclusively to one man, Amir needing to come up with career-best figures - including a first ever five-wicket haul in ODI cricket - to bowl Australia out for 307 in 49 overs.

David Warner hit his first worldwide hundred since returning from his ball-tampering ban as Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs in a seesaw game and ensured Mohammad Amir's maiden ODI five-wicket haul came in vain.

Warner, who notched his 15th ODI century, said Australia's lower-than-expected total had left the game in the balance. "I hope they have got their best game in the locker for India, who showed against Australia that they are a very fine side", Waqar, one of the best fast bowlers of his time, said.

A game of fluctuating fortunes was tipping Pakistan's way when Sarfaraz and Riaz began swinging the bat.

Despite losing wickets periodically, Pakistan stayed in the chase but were ultimately bundled out for 266 in the 46 over after captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was run out in a mix up. But Starc had Riaz caught behind off the thinnest of edges and bowled Amir before Sarfaraz was brilliantly run out for 40 by Glenn Maxwell's direct hit to end the match.

The next highest wicket-takers are Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis with four apiece, while Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson have two and Aaron Finch one.

"That's the big improvement in my game in the last couple of years, the ability to hold a length and make it hard to get runs", said Cummins. Post the defeat, Shoaib Akhtar raised concerns about Imam-Ul-Haq's batting.

At 242-2 in the 38th over Australia still looked set for a score in the mid-300s but Pakistan hit back.

"For me, Pat Cummins effort was as important as Warner's century". It was a bit closer than we would have liked, so it was good to get those couple of wickets and finish it off.

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