Afridi picks Warner as Australia eye a big total

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Australian openers hang in there in difficult batting conditions

As Sarfraz Ahmed chose to bowl first after winning the toss, Mohammad Amir proved decision right with an impressive opening spell, while Shaheen Shah Afridi leaked runs, which reduced the pressure on Australia.

Despite Amir’s praiseworthy first spell, where he conceded 11 runs in four overs, Australia managed to reach 56 runs at the end of first powerplay due to a poor show from Afridi and Hasan Ali, with all wickets intact.

Finch survived a scare as he was dropped by Asif Ali in the slip cordon off Wahab Riaz. Afterwards, he did not look back. He took the aggressive approach and reach his half-century in 63 deliveries.

The two batsmen took the charge to Pakistani bowlers, they were looking extremely strong with 146 in 22 overs before Mohammad Amir picked the Aussie skipper, he scored 82 (84).

 

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