Australia vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: This century means a lot as a batsman, says David Warner after match-winning knock

"There was a bit of movement early on, so I had to be a lot tighter. This century means a lot as a batsman. Some great efforts from Pakistan. Our bowlers were fantastic but it was a great game," Warner said.

Press Trust of India, Jun 13, 2019 10:00:57 IST

Opener David Warner, who scored his first century since completing the ball-tampering ban on Wednesday, said the knock in the World Cup game against Pakistan "means a lot" to him as a batsman.

Seeking to silence his doubters, Warner made 107 off 111 balls, a few days after his uncharacteristic half-century against India surprised the cricket fraternity.

David Warner was adjudged Man of the Match for his ton. AP

David Warner was adjudged Man of the Match for his ton. AP

Conditions were testing and up against a quality attack, Warner had to be cautious after Pakistan put Australia in.

"There was a bit of movement early on, so I had to be a lot tighter. This century means a lot as a batsman. Some great efforts from Pakistan. Our bowlers were fantastic but it was a great game," the opener said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Australia won the match by 41 runs.

Australia were cruising after Warner and skipper Aaron Finch (82) laid a strong foundation with a 14-run opening stand. But Mohammad Amir bowled beautifully in his second spell to return his best ODI figures of 5/30 and stop the defending champions at 307.

"When I got out, we had 70 balls to go. As a batter, you want to bat 50 overs. We should've been around 340-350, but credit to Pakistan's bowlers. Their second spells were outstanding and they made it hard for us," Man of the Match Warner added.

Reeling at 160 for six in the 30th over, Pakistan's rearguard act did put Australia under pressure, Finch admitted.

"They certainly did put us under pressure. Guys like Hassan and Wahab are good strikers of the ball. Hard to stop when they're on a roll. Just had to bowl our best ball, whether it's a length ball or yorker.

"When you're slightly off, on a small ground like this, you're punished. Didn't bat out our fifty overs which was disappointing. When you go with an extra batter, you back the batsmen to do the job," Finch said.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was disappointed after his side's second defeat of the tournament.

"Definitely very disappointing. Lost three wickets in 15 balls from 140/3. To take positives, Hassan Ali batted well, Wahab batted well. Fought in the end but could not finish it off well. Except for Amir, others did not bowl well," Sarfaraz said.

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Updated Date: Jun 13, 2019 10:00:57 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
India 3 2 0 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 4 1 2 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254