Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs


Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs in Taunton on Wednesday after David Warner hit his first international century following his return from a ball-tampering ban. Australia, batting first, were dismissed for 307 in 49 overs and Pakistan were bowled out for 266 in 45.4 overs. Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir took five for 30 in the Australia innings. David Warner made 107 — his first international century since he completed a year-long ban for ball-tampering. Australia were set for a huge total while Warner and captain Aaron Finch (82) were sharing a first-wicket stand of 146 — the highest partnership for any wicket at this World Cup to date. But left-arm quick Amir, on the ground where he returned to first-class cricket in England in 2016 after completing a spotfixing ban, dragged Pakistan into the game. His figures surpassed his previous best of 4-28 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2009 and are the best in the tournament so far. Amir ended the innings with an over to spare when tailender Mitchell Starc holed out. — VoM

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