Australia defeated Pakistan by 62 runs in the 18th match of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on October 20, 2023.
Australia batted first and posted a total of 367/9 in 50 overs. David Warner was the top scorer for Australia with 106 runs, while Marnus Labuschagne scored 93 runs. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis also chipped in with half-centuries.
Pakistan’s bowling was disappointing, with Shaheen Afridi being the only bowler to take more than two wickets.
Pakistan got off to a good start in their chase, with Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman putting on a 105-run partnership for the first wicket. However, after the fall of Zaman’s wicket, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 305 runs in 45 overs.
Adam Zampa was the pick of the Australian bowlers, with four wickets to his name. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood also took two wickets each.
The victory was Australia’s second in the tournament, while Pakistan suffered their second consecutive defeat.
Australia’s victory over Pakistan was a comprehensive one. They batted first and posted a big score, thanks to centuries from David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne. Their bowling was also impressive, with Adam Zampa taking four wickets.
Pakistan’s batting was disappointing. They got off to a good start, but lost wickets at regular intervals after the fall of Fakhar Zaman’s wicket. Their bowling was also below par, with no bowler able to take more than two wickets.
Australia’s next match is against England on October 25, 2023 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Pakistan’s next match is against South Africa on October 26, 2023 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australia’s victory over Pakistan was a significant one, as it boosted their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals. Pakistan, on the other hand, will need to win their remaining matches if they want to stay in contention for a semi-final spot.