David Warner has scored four consecutive hundreds in ODI matches against Pakistan In the 18th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Australia and Pakistan faced off at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday, October 20. Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, won the toss and chose to field first on a favourable batting pitch. However, this decision didn’t go well as Australian openers David Warner and Mitchell Marsh put on an impressive partnership of 259 runs off 203 deliveries.
Warner, especially, appeared to be in excellent form as he achieved his 21st ODI century. The left-handed batsman reached this milestone in the 31st over of the innings by taking a single off Mohammad Nawaz. This is notably his fourth consecutive century against Pakistan in ODIs. To celebrate, Warner jumped in the air in joy and also did the popular ‘Pushpa’ movie gesture, which had the crowd in Bengaluru chanting his name loudly.
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Warner delivered a spectacular innings, scoring 163 runs from 124 balls, including 14 fours and nine sixes. Thanks to this outstanding performance, he climbed to the sixth position in the tournament’s list of top run-scorers. The 36-year-old has now accumulated 228 runs in four innings, maintaining an average of 57 and a strike rate of 109, along with one half-century.
Shaheen Afridi achieved his third five-wicket haul in his ODI career
He received excellent support from his partner Mitchell Marsh, who also achieved his second ODI century. Marsh went on to make 121 runs from 108 balls, including ten fours and nine sixes. However, following their substantial partnership, no other batsman managed to score more than 21 runs, and Australia concluded their innings at 367/9.
Shaheen Afridi was the standout bowler for Pakistan, securing his third five-wicket haul in ODIs. The left-arm seamer recorded impressive figures of 5/54 in ten overs, while Haris Rauf (3/83, 8 overs) also secured three wickets.