Match Over - Australia won by 41 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Pakistan, who chose to bat
  • Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 12 Jun 2019, 11:30 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: DA Warner


  • Umpire1: NJ Llong
  • Umpire2: RSA Palliyaguruge
  • Third Umpire: IJ Gould



Overs: 49.0 / 50.0




Overs: 45.4 / 50.0


6.20pm: Well, at least both teams beat the rain, eh? This was shaping up to probably the finish of the tournament so far, until Starc and Australia nipped out the last three wickets in nine balls to ensure a comfortable-enough margin of victory... Anyway, thanks for chipping in, you can go over everything on the Live Report and then we'll have Danyal's considered wrap on the site soon. There's another pretty tasty match-up tomorrow, heavens permitting, so make sure to join us again for that. From myself, Miller and Alex (and Ranjith), it's cheerio for now!

6.10pm: Presentations time, Sarfaraz Ahmed first up: "Definitely, the batting was short and that's why we lost the match, Hasan batted well, Wahab batted well, we fought but could not win. We conceded too many runs first 20 overs, except for Amir the other bowlers did not bowl well, 270-80 was [par]. If we want to win, the fop four have to make runs. Imam made fifty, Babar made 30, but the top four must score runs. [Next game v India?] We will try our level best."

Australia captain Aaron Finch: "They certainly did [run it close], it's always tough when you've got guys like Hasan and Wahab coming out and swinging. When they get on a roll it can be tough to stop. We had to bowl our best ball, yorker or length, if your execution is off you go out of the ground. Disappointing we didn't bat out 50 overs, when you go in with an extra better. We probably tried to go too hard too early and ended up 20-30 runs short. But great we still got the two points despite not finishing off. It was a tough call, when you lose your allrounder you have to chose an extra better or bowler. We backed Maxwell to bowl ten overs, he got seven out and I managed to sneak a couple."

6pm: The points go with green and gold, Australia completing a 41-run win despite the best efforts of the Pakistan tail. Taunton was jumping to the Jailbreak Rock for a while, but in the end the curate's egg turned out to be mostly bad for Pakistan. Australia move up to six points with their third win, and that is a setback for Sarfaraz Ahmed's men in green, who showed flashes of what they were capable of but ultimately couldn't hold it together.

David Warner is named Man of the Match: "When I got out we had 70 balls to go, as the 'in' batter you want to bat 50 overs. We should have been around 340-50, credit to Pakistan, their second spells were fantastic and made it hard for us to hit down the ground. It was a used wicket and a touch dry, they bowled very straight lines, gave me no width, I just had to come out [and grind]... bit of movement early on, had to be tighter and climb into the back-of-a-length balls. For us it's about the way we finished, some great knocks for Pakistan, Wahab freeing his arms. Our bowlers bowled fantastic, they probably got closer than we expected but it was a great game."

45.4KW Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, OUT, No run, run out backing up! Maxwell seals it for Straya! Leaps to take the ball one-handed at short extra cover, then fires a throw at one-and-a-bit stumps to leave Sarfaraz well short! No dramas, mate.
45.3KW Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, No run, short of a length, climbs to hit the splice as Afridi angles his bat.
45.2KW Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, No run, good length and he draws him out, nips this past the outside edge.
45.1KW Richardson to Shaheen Shah Afridi, No run, round the wicket, pitched full and tapped away.
End of over 45. 2 runs this over. 265/9 after 269 balls.
Shaheen Shah Afridi 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 9-1-42-2
Sarfaraz Ahmed 40 (48b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 44. 6 runs this over. 263/7 after 264 balls.
Sarfaraz Ahmed 39 (47b 1x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 8-0-62-2
Wahab Riaz 45 (38b 2x4 3x6 ) more

Here's Joe Kar: "Wahab is doing what Nile did to West Indies.. Now Aussie is in receiving end..." I have to say, when someone mentioned NCN earlier, I did not see this coming

End of over 43. 3 runs this over. 257/7 after 258 balls.
Wahab Riaz 41 (35b 2x4 3x6 ) MA Starc 8-1-40-0
Sarfaraz Ahmed 37 (44b 1x4 0x6 ) more

ARSLAN SONY is asking for the impossible, I fear: "Pakistan don't be silly anymore, keep it simple and you will be home in time."

End of over 42. 10 runs this over. 254/7 after 252 balls.
Wahab Riaz 39 (30b 2x4 3x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 9-0-53-1
Sarfaraz Ahmed 36 (43b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"They are playing with our emotions, worried for cardiac arrest," wails Abrar. Hello, Pakistan, my old friends! The RRR back under 7 an over now

End of over 41. 14 runs this over. 244/7 after 246 balls.
Sarfaraz Ahmed 34 (41b 1x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 7-0-58-0
Wahab Riaz 31 (26b 2x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 40. 2 runs this over. 230/7 after 240 balls.
Wahab Riaz 19 (22b 1x4 1x6 ) PJ Cummins 10-0-33-3
Sarfaraz Ahmed 32 (39b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 11 runs this over. 228/7 after 234 balls.
Wahab Riaz 18 (17b 1x4 1x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 8-0-43-1
Sarfaraz Ahmed 31 (38b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Dev: "@Nissar, that's the ground in South Africa where India played a match against Namibia, Pietermaritzburg, I guess, in 2003 WC"

End of over 38. 3 runs this over. 217/7 after 228 balls.
Wahab Riaz 9 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 9-0-31-3
Sarfaraz Ahmed 29 (35b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 7 runs this over. 214/7 after 222 balls.
Sarfaraz Ahmed 27 (31b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 7-1-37-0
Wahab Riaz 8 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 36. 2 runs this over. 207/7 after 216 balls.
Wahab Riaz 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 8-0-28-3
Sarfaraz Ahmed 25 (29b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"Is this the same pitch where Sourav Ganguly plundered that six off Murali which sailed into a pond?" You mean during that famous stand in 1999, Dipojjal? Yes, although you're probably thinking of the River Tone, over the back of the Botham Pavilion

End of over 35. 5 runs this over. 205/7 after 210 balls.
Sarfaraz Ahmed 24 (28b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 6-1-30-0
Wahab Riaz 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Hassan Ali should have not played with our emotions. Throwing away after giving us a glimmer of hope," squeaks Dr. Haroon

End of over 34. 9 runs this over. 200/7 after 204 balls.
Sarfaraz Ahmed 21 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 7-0-56-2
Wahab Riaz 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"So they need around 7 runs an over and they are getting it easily then whats the issue??" Wickets, MAB, me old fruit. Or rather a lack of them. Quite an important feature of this game...

End of over 33. 9 runs this over. 191/6 after 198 balls.
Sarfaraz Ahmed 20 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 6-0-44-0
Hasan Ali 24 (11b 1x4 3x6 ) more

Drinks Pakistan still have a glimmer but it's all on these two. Alan Gardner to come in for a late innings cameo. Welcome Alan.

End of over 32. 14 runs this over. 182/6 after 191 balls.
Hasan Ali 17 (7b 1x4 2x6 ) KW Richardson 6-0-47-1
Sarfaraz Ahmed 18 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Bhargav Sura: "That wicket of Imam - definitely a turning point for Australia. 25 runs and 4 wickets. Hapless batting display from Pakistan middle order."

End of over 31. 8 runs this over. 168/6 after 185 balls.
Hasan Ali 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 5-0-35-0
Sarfaraz Ahmed 17 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 5 runs this over. 160/6 after 180 balls.
Asif Ali 5 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 5-0-33-1
Sarfaraz Ahmed 15 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Kartik: "Everyone thought Aus would score at least 350 but Pak came roaring back. Now everyone thinks Pak has lost the game but you never know. The game is on"

End of over 29. 5 runs this over. 154/5 after 173 balls.
Asif Ali 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) AJ Finch 2-0-12-1
Sarfaraz Ahmed 10 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 3 runs this over. 149/5 after 168 balls.
Asif Ali 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 7-0-26-3
Sarfaraz Ahmed 9 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sathish2888: "nine more overs of Finch to go. Pakistan is in real danger"

doc mudassar: "Finally pakistan glorifying part time bowler ☺☺☺"

End of over 27. 7 runs this over. 146/4 after 162 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 46 (49b 3x4 1x6 ) AJ Finch 1-0-7-1
Sarfaraz Ahmed 8 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Win predictor falls from 46 to 36 per cent with the fall of that wicket. How did that happen?

End of over 26. 3 runs this over. 139/3 after 156 balls.
Sarfaraz Ahmed 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 6-0-23-2
Mohammad Hafeez 45 (47b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Paul Slezacek: "I never can understand why in ODI's batsmen chase balls down the leg side. What not just take the free run?"

Fifty and out for Imam. Sarfaraz walks out

End of over 25. 8 runs this over. 136/2 after 150 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 53 (74b 7x4 0x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 7-0-32-1
Mohammad Hafeez 44 (46b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Fifty for Imam. He's played with great assuredness.

End of over 24. 2 runs this over. 128/2 after 144 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 48 (71b 6x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 5-0-20-1
Mohammad Hafeez 41 (43b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 23. 5 runs this over. 126/2 after 138 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 40 (42b 3x4 1x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 6-0-24-1
Imam-ul-Haq 47 (66b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Tahir Abbas: "Alex, this Pakistani chase has got all pundits wrong who believed the pitch is not easy to bat on... Or wait, we are talking about unpredictable Pakistan.." Certainly has me fooled so far. I felt, despite the collapse, Australia's score was a good one. Long way to go though.

End of over 22. 6 runs this over. 121/2 after 132 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 37 (38b 3x4 1x6 ) MA Starc 5-1-25-0
Imam-ul-Haq 45 (64b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 3 runs this over. 113/2 after 125 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 35 (35b 3x4 1x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 5-0-17-1
Imam-ul-Haq 40 (60b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Harish: "So happy to see 20 overs are completed. No hat-rick for rain god." Looks like we'll get a full game in. Fingers crossed.

End of over 20. 3 runs this over. 110/2 after 119 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 39 (58b 5x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 4-1-19-0
Mohammad Hafeez 34 (31b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Akshaykamat: "Maxwell's remaining 6 overs important for both the teams. Especially for Pakistan. They have to score atleast 60 runs in those 6 overs without giving any chance to maxi " If they score at 10 per over he won't bowl 6 more I don't think. They might try Smith or Finch himself.

End of over 19. 9 runs this over. 106/2 after 113 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 37 (54b 5x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 4-0-27-0
Mohammad Hafeez 33 (29b 3x4 1x6 ) more

100 up to warm applause

End of over 18. 14 runs this over. 97/2 after 108 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 31 (27b 3x4 1x6 ) GJ Maxwell 4-0-27-0
Imam-ul-Haq 31 (51b 4x4 0x6 ) more

So that will be drinks... it's galloping along now! Here's Alex Malcolm to see you through the middle overs

End of over 17. 7 runs this over. 83/2 after 102 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 18 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 3-0-18-0
Imam-ul-Haq 30 (50b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Sriram: "Why do fans give up so easily! There is a long way to go in this game and Pak do have good players in Malik and Sarfraz while Aus rely on Cummins and Starc a lot" Because flip-flopping is part of the fun!

Sarthak Baral: "Is Imam Ul Haq doing a David Warner? Not from this match, the match against India." Given that it got them past 300.... Pakistan will have to hope so!

End of over 16. 2 runs this over. 76/2 after 96 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 12 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 3-0-13-0
Imam-ul-Haq 29 (49b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Nisar Ahmad: "Win percent is directly proportional to fan's interest." That might be about right ...

End of over 15. 5 runs this over. 74/2 after 90 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 11 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-14-1
Imam-ul-Haq 28 (45b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Waqar Ahmed: "We as a Pakistani fan take a lot of false pride in being unpredictable. But this predictability stems from inconsistency in management which has been the case for Pakistan for decades. We lack modern management protocols and that's been the reason of "unpredictable Pakistan""

Abuzar: "In office , was streaming on my mobile , while espn site was open on my laptop, one eye was on work other was on match and then Babar got out .... My interest has dropped now streaming is turned off and espn is shifted from laptop to mobile. " These are the subtle shifts in momentum which matter

End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 69/2 after 84 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 8 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 2-0-11-0
Imam-ul-Haq 26 (43b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 2 runs this over. 62/2 after 78 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-9-1
Imam-ul-Haq 24 (40b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Win percent dropped from 44% to 36% with Babar's wicket

Hus Silverado: "Since Australia are a bowler short, Maxwell will be bowling 10 overs and Pakistan should take full advantage of that !!!"

End of over 12. 4 runs this over. 60/2 after 72 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 1-0-4-0
Imam-ul-Haq 23 (39b 4x4 0x6 ) more

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saad: "Oh Babar! What have you done. From a master class to an amateur shot. What a shame for Pakistan."

End of over 11. 5 runs this over. 56/2 after 66 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-7-1
Imam-ul-Haq 21 (35b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Readers in India, here are highlights of Amir's five-for. Courtesy Hotstar. They are well worth another viewing!

End of over 10. 5 runs this over. 51/1 after 60 balls.
Babar Azam 26 (24b 6x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 2-0-11-0
Imam-ul-Haq 20 (34b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 6 runs this over. 46/1 after 54 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 19 (31b 4x4 0x6 ) NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-2-0
Babar Azam 22 (21b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 6 runs this over. 40/1 after 48 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 18 (26b 4x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 1-0-6-0
Babar Azam 21 (20b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 4 runs this over. 34/1 after 42 balls.
Babar Azam 16 (17b 4x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 4-0-18-1
Imam-ul-Haq 17 (23b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Sahil Jhingon : "Are they only dealing in boundaries. If yes, would love them to do so till they reach 100. Would be a very intresting ploy. Just wait for the bad ball and keep defending the rest"

Rajendra Bhosal: "Last 15 balls are either 4 or dots" ... 16 now ...

End of over 6. 12 runs this over. 30/1 after 36 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 17 (23b 4x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 3-1-16-0
Babar Azam 12 (11b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 8 runs this over. 18/1 after 30 balls.
Babar Azam 12 (11b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 3-0-14-1
Imam-ul-Haq 5 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Richard: "Got to rotate the strike!" Well, yes ... room for improvement in that regard!

Omer: "@Andrew Miller, whats with ball speeds, you were mentioning KPH when Pakistan bowled, now using MPH ?" I use whichever I spot first!

End of over 4. 4 runs this over. 10/1 after 24 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 5 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 2-1-4-0
Babar Azam 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Ali: "All this opening pair needed to do was take it easy. Even if Pak is 30/0 after 10 overs, that would have been fine. Wickets is key for this batting line up in a chase. "

End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 6/1 after 18 balls.
Babar Azam 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 2-0-6-1
Imam-ul-Haq 1 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Vinod Rajpal: "3 slips & a short leg , Is this a Test Match ?" It might as well be!

Naveed: "And here we go again.. the other Pakistan is back on.. difficult being a Pakistani supporter.. they are like Auckland weather, terrible and absolute gem in a matter of minutes" An improvement on Bristol weather then?

End of over 2.  A maiden over! 2/0 after 12 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq 1 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 1-1-0-0
Fakhar Zaman 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Hussain: "Commanding first over from Australia. They mean business!"

End of over 1. 2 runs this over. 2/0 after 5 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 1-0-2-0
Imam-ul-Haq 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sam: "Kudos to Amir for absolutely smashing performance. Let us see what Aus bowlers can do now."

Wajid Jawaid: "I think Pakistan will start this innings in a positive frame of mind. They have the momentum of the end of their bowling innings with them. But they need one of their top three to make a big score, preferably a three figure one"

Imam-ul-HaqC AT Carey B PJ Cummins53107757070.67
Fakhar ZamanC KW Richardson B PJ Cummins012300-
Babar AzamC KW Richardson B NM Coulter-Nile30372870107.14
Mohammad HafeezC MA Starc B AJ Finch4669493193.88
Sarfaraz AhmedRun out GJ Maxwell 4096481083.33
Shoaib MalikC AT Carey B PJ Cummins04200-
Asif AliC AT Carey B KW Richardson5980062.5
Hasan AliC UT Khawaja B KW Richardson32171533213.33
Wahab RiazC AT Carey B MA Starc45493923115.38
Mohammad AmirB MA Starc05200-
Shaheen Shah Afridinot out 1560016.67
Total 266/10
PJ Cummins10.003333.3
MA Starc9.014324.78
KW Richardson8.406227.15
NM Coulter-Nile9.005315.89
GJ Maxwell7.005808.29
AJ Finch2.001316.5