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Amir five-for overshadows Warner's ton as Oz finish on 307
Amir five-for overshadows Warner's ton as Oz finish on 307

Taunton, June 12 (TIWN) Australia opener David Warner scored his first hundred since the Sandpaper Gate fiasco, but Pakistan pacer Mohammed Amir stole the show with a career-best five-wicket haul as Pakistan dismissed Australia for 307 in 49 overs in their World Cup clash on Wednesday.

Warner, whose last two fifties off 74 and 77 deliveries — are the slowest of his one-day international career — had a point to prove and the dashing southpaw took 111 balls to get to his 107, studded with 11 fours and one six. Skipper Aaron Finch supported him well with a belligerent 82 off 84 balls (6×4, 4×6) as the pair added 146 runs for the opening wicket. But Amir (5/30) dented Australia’s run-flow with crucial wickets as young Shaheen Shah Afridi (2/70) also did well with the ball. Pakistan made amends for their initial failure as the bowlers failed to make the most of overcast conditions and the seam movement that was available off the pitch after skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed put the Aussies in. Pakistan were poor in the field, dropping a few catches including one each of Finch when he was batting on 25 and Warner when he was on 104. On both occasions, Asif Ali was the culprit and the bowler was Wahab Riaz.
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