David Warner gifts Player of Match award to young Aussie fan

Sarfaraz Ahmed

Sarfaraz Ahmed

Warner, who had failed to really get into his element in earlier World Cup outings despite scoring two fifties, was in full flow against Pakistan as he survived a fiery spell from Mohammad Amir and milked the other bowlers for runs to play a key role in Australia's 41-run triumph. Mohammad Amir led Pakistan fightback with career-best 5-30 but Australia managed to post a challenging 307 in 49 overs. With just three points from four matches, they languish at the number eight spot in this ten-nation contest.

It was a knock more notable for its responsibility and authority than for any exhilarating flamboyance but a crisp effort that also reminded us that Australia, following their taming by India, are still world champions, and much more powerful world champions when this old firestarter is initiating the show in his inimitable bullish fashion. With the odds too short for any appeal I think Warner could be Sri Lanka's biggest threat as he is starting to find some serious form scoring 56 against India and 107 against Pakistan.

"Of course they can", says Zaheer Abbas, the former Pakistan captain.

"When Pakistan play India it's always a huge game, but their meeting on Sunday is shaping up to be more crucial than ever".

A struggling middle order and a lack of support for the main pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have emerged as Australia's main concerns in the early days of the World Cup, but the team are now second in the overall standings.

Eventually he was awarded man of the match award for his superb performance. Pumped to be back, and the boys are on fire here.

"It got closer than we would have liked", Cummins said.

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His dismissal of Wahab was to some degree fortunate after the Pakistani was given not out to a caught behind appeal on field, before captain Aaron Finch reviewed with one second left on the countdown clock.

"It's really awesome", the boy told the World Cup social media team. That's the only way we can beat India and make a comeback in the World Cup.

"What I have seen in this World Cup so far is that if you don't pick up early wickets, you're in trouble", said the 47-year-old, a reverse swing master in his playing days.

Amir, meanwhile, believes that a positive frame of mind can help Pakistan bounce back despite the morale-shattering defeat against Australia.

Five-time champion Australia swept Pakistan 5-0 in a one-day global series in March.

"You know, 70 balls to go". You needed to hit the right areas.

"The boos, we don't really hear that when we're out there. The Australians batted well and we couldn't control the game". They must think positively going into this game.

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