In a thrilling World Cup Warm-Up match held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday, Babar Azam’s impressive knock of 90 runs, followed by Iftikhar Ahmed’s contribution of 83, proved insufficient to rescue Pakistan as they fell short by 14 runs against Australia. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Australia managed to amass a formidable total of 351 runs in their allotted 50 overs, losing 7 wickets in the process.
Australia got off to a strong start with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh chipping in with 48 and 31 runs, respectively. In the latter part of the innings, Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green played crucial roles by scoring 77 and an unbeaten 50 runs, respectively, ensuring Australia’s healthy total.
In response, Pakistan’s top-order struggled, with both Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq failing to provide a solid foundation. However, Iftikhar Ahmed and Babar Azam’s resilient partnership, amassing 83 and 90 runs respectively, briefly resurrected Pakistan’s hopes. Unfortunately, their valiant efforts were in vain as Pakistan ultimately finished their innings at 337 runs in 47.4 overs, losing all their wickets in the process.