Reigning champions Australia are looking to bounce back from a 36-run loss to India ─ their first defeat of this World Cup ─ with Pakistan keen to build on a win over England after their last group match, against Sri Lanka, was washed out.
A tentative Smith (10) found it hard to go through gears and holed out at mid-off as Hafeez spun Pakistan right back into the game. At the end of the over, Finch was 35 not out and left-hander David Warner 33 not out.
Australia´s Kane Richardson (3L) celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Pakistan´s Hassan Ali during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The intervening years have not been easy for Amir, however, and he nearly missed what is his first World Cup after taking just five wickets in 14 matches before a recent one-day global series in England.
The show, then, belonged to Amir.
"Pakistan cricket at its best, one minute down, next minute up", said Hussain when Azhar Ali dropped India captain and Virat Kohli off Mohammad Amir in the final and the very next ball Shadab Khan took a sharp catch to dismiss the star batsman. While talking to media in Taunton on Monday, Afridi was keen on stepping up for Pakistan if given a chance against Australia, in their next match. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Reports also suggest that the 32-year-old is dissatisfied as Pakistan get pitches in ICC events that do not favor their style of play.
"Yes, we had been losing but we were playing good cricket", Hafeez explained.
Probable XI: 1. Imam-ul-Haq, 2.
A little over an over later, Hafeez's (46) resilience ended in a shocking manner as he directed a full-toss from Finch straight into the hands of Starc at deep-midwicket.
Riaz smashed 45 off 39 balls with two fours and three sixes, while Sarfaraz made 40 off 48.
Australia's third win of the tournament has taken them up to second on the points table, while Pakistan are two places from bottom with three points to their name from four games.