Pak vs Aus World Cup 2023: openers David Warner and Mitchell Marsh produced a batting masterclass, notching up the highest ever opening partnership for Australia in ODI World Cup history. The duo was unbeaten on 194 as Australia posted a daunting total against Pakistan.
The Warner-Marsh stand eclipsed the previous best opening partnership of 183 runs set by Shane Watson and Brad Haddin against Canada in 2011. This record-breaking partnership by Warner and Marsh has put Australia in the driver’s seat against Pakistan.
After putting on 194 without losing a wicket, both openers reached their centuries in quick succession. Warner brought up his ton first, caressed a four through the off side to reach the milestone. Marsh followed it up next ball, punching through the covers for four to raise his bat.
Earlier, Pakistan had a golden chance to break this threatening stand when Usama Mir dropped Warner on 10. But the visitors failed to grab this opportunity as Warner went on to score his first century of this World Cup.
The Pakistan bowlers had no answers to this belligerent pair as Warner and Marsh scored runs freely. They played with aggression, using their feet and going over the top against the spinners. Marsh, in particular, took a liking to Shadab Khan, smacking him for two sixes.
This record partnership has now provided a platform for Australia to post an imposing total and put pressure on Pakistan. Warner and Marsh paced their innings brilliantly, starting steadily before exploding towards the end. This stand underscores the depth in Australia’s batting and their dominance in these conditions.
Pakistan now faces an uphill task to restrict Australia to a chaseable total on this batting beauty. The visitors will need to take quick wickets in the middle overs to claw their way back into the match. But Warner and Marsh’s superb opening stand has tilted the game firmly in Australia’s favor.
The partnership came to an end as Mir finally held on to a sharp opportunity at short fine to see the back of Marsh (121, 108b).
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