In a high-octane warm-up match that set the cricketing world abuzz, Australia emerged victorious by a margin of 14 runs against Pakistan.
The encounter, held at Hyderabad’s picturesque cricket ground, witnessed fireworks both with the bat and ball, showcasing the immense talent and tenacity of both teams as they gear up for the upcoming World Cup.
Pakistan fall short by 14 runs in the second warm-up match.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 3, 2023
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Australia set a daunting target of 352 runs for Pakistan.
The hero of the day for Australia was none other than the mercurial Glenn Maxwell, who blazed his way to a brilliant 77 off just 71 balls.
Maxwell’s scintillating innings was complemented by an unbeaten half-century from Cameron Green, who scored a vital 50 off 40 balls. Marnus Labuschagne, displaying his all-round prowess, contributed a rapid 40 off 31 balls.
Pakistan’s bowling effort was led by Usama Mir, who managed to secure two crucial wickets, while Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz chipped in with a wicket each.
Chasing the formidable target, Pakistan put up a valiant fight, but ultimately fell short by 14 runs, finishing at 337 all out.
Skipper Babar Azam once again showcased his class with the bat, crafting a sublime 90 runs off 59 balls before being forced to retire hurt.
His partnership with Iftikhar Ahmed, who scored 83 off 85 balls, kept Pakistan’s hopes alive. However, the relentless Australian bowlers proved to be a hurdle too high to overcome.
Marnus Labuschagne continued to shine, this time with the ball, as he picked up three crucial wickets.
Skipper Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh also contributed with two wickets each. Glenn Maxwell and Sean Abbott managed to grab a wicket apiece, further denting Pakistan’s chase.
With this victory, Australia sends a strong message to their World Cup rivals, displaying their formidable batting and bowling prowess.