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Amir’s fifer keeps Australia to 307

Published : Wednesday, 12 June, 2019 at 7:24 PM  Count : 205
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 Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates taking the wicket of Usman Khawaja. Photograph: Graham Hunt/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates taking the wicket of Usman Khawaja. Photograph: Graham Hunt/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock


Australia were bundled out for 307 after 49 overs against Pakistan, thanks to the maiden fifer by Mohammad Amir at County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday.

For Pakistan it was all about Mohammad Amir. 5-30 from his ten overs in a display that almost single-handedly keeps his side in the contest.

David Warner showed some great hands with the bat and scored his 15th century but Amir's fiery final spell overshadowed everything which came in its way. He, single-handedly, took Pakistan back into the game. Warner remained top-scorer for Australia, smashing 107 runs off 111 balls.

Guardian adds: Pakistan won what appeared to be a decisive toss and then threw away any natural advantage with poor bowling and even worse fielding. Then Australia looked on course for 400-plus and a near walkover but conspired to shoot themselves in the foot. The pitch was not the capricious greentop it appeared when it was belatedly uncovered and the ball barely swung or seamed.

At the interval you’d have to say the match is evenly poised. Australia will be pleased with runs on the board - especially as so many dismissals came from batsmen being caught out mistiming drives - but they will also rue the lack of a frontline spinner to offer a change of pace and contro,l and they will be aware how quickly the runs can flow once a partnership is set.

Individually there are only three names to check off. For Australia Aaron Finch rode his luck on his way to 82 while David Warner’s 107 improved with every passing over following his dismissal.

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