Warner whacks 179 as Aussies thrash Pak­istan

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ADELAIDE: An in­sa­tiable David Warner blasted a ca­reer-best 179 and dom­i­nated Aus­tralia’s high­est ever one­day part­ner­ship with fel­low cen­tu­rion Travis Head to help se­cure their 57-run vic­tory in the fifth and fi­nal match against Pak­istan yes­ter­day.

Babar Azam (100) and Shar­jeel Khan (79) kept alive Pak­istan’s hopes of chas­ing down a 370-run vic­tory tar­get but they col­lapsed for 312 in the fi­nal over as Aus­tralia wrapped up the se­ries 4-1.

For Pak­istan, Shoaib Ma­lik re­tired hurt af­ter scor­ing 10, while Umar Ak­mal made a brisk 46 down the or­der.

With the hosts hav­ing al­ready taken an unas­sail­able lead in the se­ries, the con­test was of merely aca­demic in­ter­est but Warner’s hunger for runs was on dis­play in the high-scor­ing match at the Adelaide Oval again.

Warner went into the match with five cen­turies in his last 10 one-day in­nings and the diminu­tive left-han­der brought up his sixth of the sea­son in just 78 balls.

He was aided by his luck in the process.

Af­ter Aus­tralia elected to bat, Warner could have been dis­missed from the first ball of the match but Azhar Ali spilled the edge at sec­ond slip off Mo­ham­mad Amir.

Some 32 overs later, Amir was the cul­prit as he floored a sim­ple chance af­ter Warner, then on 130, had gone af­ter Hasan Ali, with the clanger leav­ing Pak­istan coach Mickey Arthur shak­ing his head in dis­may in the dress­ing room.

The 30-year-old set the tempo in the record 284-run stand with stop-gap open­ing part­ner Head, who went on to make 128, his maiden one-day cen­tury.

Hav­ing bet­tered his pre­vi­ous ca­reer-best of 178, the opener was even­tu­ally caught at point off Ju­naid Khan who dis­missed cap­tain Steve Smith in the same over. Warner belted 19 fours and five sixes in his 128-ball as­sault.

Skip­per Eoin Mor­gan and bat­ting main­stay Joe Root en­gi­neered Eng­land’s easy chase to se­cure their seven-wicket vic­tory against In­dia in the first Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day. Eng­land showed dis­ci­pline with the ball to sti­fle In­dia’s vaunted bat­ting or­der, re­strict­ing them to a mod­est 147/7. The visi­tors then re­turned to over­haul their op­po­nents’ tar­get with 11 balls to spare, with Mor­gan hit­ting a flu­ent 51 and Root pro­duc­ing a run-a-ball 46 not out. The teams now move to Nag­pur for the sec­ond Twenty20 of the three-match se­ries on Sun­day. Af­ter Mor­gan won the toss and opted to field, his bowlers stuck to im­pec­ca­ble line and length, rarely al­low­ing the home bats­men to free their arms, with only one lone six be­ing hit in the en­tire In­dian in­nings.

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