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Pakistan Comes Up Short with a 62-Run Loss to Australia in World Cup Game

In a crucial encounter of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, Australia emerged victorious against Pakistan by 62 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India, on Friday. The match was marked by record-breaking performances and intense cricketing action.

Australia, batting first, set a mammoth target of 368 runs for Pakistan, the highest total ever recorded against the Green Shirts in the history of the World Cup. The colossal total was largely due to a historic 259-run opening stand between David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. This partnership set multiple records – it was Australia’s highest-ever opening stand in World Cup cricket and the first time Pakistan had conceded a partnership of over 200 runs in the tournament.

David Warner played an exceptional innings, scoring 163 runs, which is now the highest individual score against Pakistan in World Cup cricket. He surpassed Andrew Symonds’ record of 143 runs set in 2003. Mitchell Marsh also contributed significantly with a well-made century, scoring 121 runs before being dismissed by Shaheen Afridi.

On the bowling front for Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi was the standout performer. The young pacer bagged five wickets, marking his second five-wicket haul in the World Cup.

Chasing a daunting target of 368 runs, Pakistan started off well with openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique stitching together a partnership of 134 runs. This was the first time a Pakistani opening pair had put together a century stand against Australia in a World Cup match.

However, their promising start was halted when Abdullah Shafique was dismissed for 64 runs off Marcus Stoinis’ delivery. Soon after, Imam-ul-Haq followed him back to the pavilion after scoring 70 runs. At this point, Pakistan were at a precarious position of 154-2 in just under 24 overs.

The situation worsened for Pakistan when their skipper Babar Azam fell for just 18 runs to Adam Zampa’s bowling. Despite Iftikhar Ahmed’s valiant effort to get the innings back on track with some boundary hitting, his dismissal alongside Mohammad Rizwan’s by Adam Zampa proved to be a turning point in the match.

Pakistan continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 305 runs in 45.3 overs, falling short by 62 runs.

This match has significant implications for both teams’ journey in the ICC World Cup 2023. With this victory, Australia has gained momentum and will look to carry this forward into their upcoming matches. On the other hand, this defeat is a setback for Pakistan who will need to regroup quickly and come back stronger in their future games.

As per latest updates, both teams are preparing for their next matches in the tournament. Australia will be facing Netherlands next, while Pakistan will be up against Afghanistan. Both teams will be aiming to secure victories and strengthen their positions on the points table.

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