David Warner admitted that he missed seeing the dropped catch by Usama Mir that allowed him to score a remarkable 163 in Australia’s 62-run victory over Pakistan in the World Cup at Bengaluru.
Australia’s opening batter, David Warner admitted he missed witnessing the crucial dropped catch that allowed him to compile an extraordinary 163 runs in Australia’s 62-run win over Pakistan in the World Cup held in Bengaluru on October 19. Warner was given a lifeline when Usama Mir dropped him in the fifth over of the match, with Warner’s score at just 10, and Australia at 22 without loss.
Taking full advantage of the reprieve, the
36-year-old left-hander went on to amass a remarkable 163 runs from 124 balls. In a partnership with Mitchell Marsh, who scored 121, they set a new Australian World Cup record of 259 runs for the opening wicket, propelling Australia to a total of 367-9. Warner’s stellar performance, featuring nine sixes and 14 boundaries, earned him the well-deserved title of “Man of the Match.”
“I actually didn’t even see him drop it. I was behind the ‘bison’ (Marsh’s nickname). I was actually not happy I didn’t get a single as well. It’s how it is when you’re an opening batsman. If you’re going to go after it, you’re probably going to give some chances,” said Warner.
✅ Career-high ODI score— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 21, 2023
✅ Record-setting partnership
✅ On your birthday 🎂
Mitch Marsh had a day out against Pakistan and David Warner was full of praise for his opening partner #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/mPUbngRm39
Warner also expressed his joy for Marsh, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on the same day as the match. He mentioned that Marsh had told him about not having a history of scoring runs on his birthday, so he was pleased to have broken that trend.
“He said to me today that he hasn’t really scored any runs on his birthday so he’s happy about that and I think tonight’s Indian tradition, cake in the face. You’d always go into bat for him and I was just so ecstatic for him. You know, he’s a great man to have around the change room. He’s the life of the party, brings out the best in everyone and he’s always a character. That’s what you need in teams and in these backs up against the wall games, you need that. It was awesome,” Warner added.
While Pakistan’s openers, Imam-ul-Haq (70) and Abdullah Shafique (64), laid a strong foundation with a 134-run partnership, the team’s middle-order struggled, succumbing to Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa’s impressive performance, where he managed to take 4 wickets for 53 runs despite battling back spasms.
I felt embarrassed about it. 🙏— Usama Mir (@UsamaMirPak) October 20, 2023
Captain @babarazam258 gave me an important opportunity but I did not live up to his expectations.
It was my mistake of dropping the catch that led to the loss of the match.#Babar #PAKvsAUS #AUSvsPAK pic.twitter.com/pFzvYsKrpR
Australia’s recent victory on Friday has revitalized their World Cup campaign, marking their second consecutive win following two initial losses.
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Last Updated on October 21, 2023
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