Australia Sets Challenging 368-Run Target for Pakistan in CWC 2023

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Australia has set a formidable target of 368 runs for Pakistan in the 18th match of the Cricket World Cup 2023, held in Bengaluru on Friday evening.

After choosing to bat first, Australia made a blazing start, with an opening partnership of 259 runs between David Warner (163) and Mitchell Marsh (121).

At one stage, it seemed that Australia was on track to achieve a total exceeding 400 runs. However, the Pakistani bowlers, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, made a strong comeback to restrict Australia to 367/9 in their allotted 50 overs.

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Marcus Stoinis contributed 21 runs, and Josh Inglis scored 13, but no other batter reached double figures.

Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed five wickets, while Haris Rauf took three, and Usama Mir secured one wicket.

This match marks the fourth appearance for the Babar Azam-led Pakistani side in the tournament. They currently occupy the fourth spot on the 10-team points table, having secured two victories from three matches. The team had five days to rejuvenate after their arrival in the city. During the past two days, they practiced under lights and in the afternoon to adapt to the local conditions.

Despite their unfavorable outcome in the match against India at Ahmedabad, Coach Bradburn believes that the team gained valuable insights that will benefit them in the tournament.

Australia had a somewhat uncharacteristic start to their World Cup campaign, suffering losses against India and South Africa. However, they rebounded with a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. In the 50-over World Cup, Australia has dominated Pakistan, winning six out of ten matches. However, Pakistan secured a 2-1 win in their most recent encounter in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series.

Ammara Ahmed

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