World Cup Live: Aus off to a solid start v Pak

50 up for Australia! David Warner punches Hassan Ali’s delivery drown the ground and collects a couple of runs. Fifty comes up for Australia in 9.1 overs. Warner is batting on 26 alongside Aaron Finch on 22.

End of 9th over: Tidy first over from Wahab Ria. Just two runs from it. AUS 49/0

7.2 overs: FOUR! Poor delivery from Hassan Ali. Short and outside off and Aaron Finch hits it through covers to collect his first four of the match. AUS 42/0

End of 5th over: Maiden! Another one from Mohammad Amir. Second from him in his three overs. Aaron Finch is looking uncomfortable against him. Bowling change for Pakistan at the other end! Hassan Ali comes in to replace Afridi. AUS 27/0

End of 4th over: Expensive over from Shaheen Afridi comes to an end. 17 runs from it including a four and a six from it. Mohammad Amir will continue from the other end. AUS 27/0

3.1 overs: SIX! Super strike from Aaron Finch. Short pitched delivery from Shaheen Afridi and Finch rocks on to the back-foot and hits the ball to deep square leg for the maximum. AUS 16/0

1.2 overs: FOUR! David Warner and Australia are off the mark with a boundary. On the pads from Shaheen Afridi and Warner flicks the ball beautifully through square leg region to collect four runs. AUS 4/0

End of 1st over: Maiden! Cracking start from Mohammad Amir. A couple of play and misses from Aaron Finch in the over but Amir was spot on. Shaheen Afridi will bowl from the other end. AUS 0/0

Aaron Finch and David Warner are out in the middle for Australia. Mohammad Amir will start the proceedings for Pakistan. Here we go!

Playing XI for both teams

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(wk/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir

Captains at the toss

Aaron Finch: Would’ve bowled first too. A tinge of green and some moisture in the wicket. In a world cup, winning so many against Pakistan doesn’t really matter much. We have to wait and see what the wicket plays like. I expect some swing and seam-movement. It depends on the game. India bowled really well to us as, as did Afghanistan. Marcus Stoinis is out with a side-strain, Shaun Marsh comes in for him, and Kane Richardson comes in for Adam Zampa.

Sarfaraz Ahmed: We are going to bowl first today. There’s a bit of grass and moisture on the pitch, so we need to take advantage of that. Unfortunately we couldn’t play the last game, but we practised hard in the last few days so the momentum is very high for us. Shadab Khan will sit out today and Shaheen Afridi comes back in for us. One of our Test umpires (Riazuddin) has passed away, and in honour of him, we’re all going to wear black bands today.

Team news: One change in Pakistan playing XI. Shadab Khan sits out and Shaheen Afridi makes a comes back. Australia have two changes. Marcus Stoinis is out with a side-strain, Shaun Marsh replaces him. Kane Richardson comes in place of Adam Zampa.

Toss news: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed calls it right at the toss, opts to field first against Australia.

Hello and welcome to the live updates of ICC Cricket World Cup Match 17 between Australia and Pakistan at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.


Cricket World Cup organizers are hoping to get a result in the group game between defending champion Australia and Pakistan after washouts on consecutive days at Southampton and Bristol.

Cool temperatures and light rain are on the forecast for southwest England on Wednesday but Britain’s Met Office is predicting only a slight chance of rain during the morning at the match venue in Taunton.

It was overcast and gloomy at Somerset’s County Ground before play on Day 14 of the tournament and the temperature was expected to be around 11 Celsius (52 Fahrenheit) at the scheduled toss.

Pakistan have already had a game washed out — against Sri Lanka in Bristol last Friday — and the second game at Bristol between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was abandoned because of rain without a ball being bowled on Tuesday. There were only 7.3 overs played in the South Africa-West Indies game before it was washed out in Southampton on Monday.

Five-time champion Australia swept Pakistan 5-0 in a one-day international series in March and have won 14 of the last 15 head-to-head encounters.

But the Australians are coming off a loss to India last Sunday in London and the absence of injured allrounder Marcus Stoinis will enforce a line-up change.

Pakistan are coming off a confidence-boosting win over top-ranked England, which ended a run of 11 ODI losses.

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