The Aussies enter the match coming off a loss to India, while Pakistan are well rested after they saw their match against Sri Lanka abandoned due to rain. The match shapes as being vital for both teams in terms of reaching the top four.
Play is set to begin at 7.30pm AEST.
Pakistan’s epic Warner shade
David Warner has had such a bad start to this Cricket World Cup that he has become a meme-related joke in Pakistan ahead of the crucial battle between the two sides tonight in Taunton.
Imam ul-Haq had laid his claim to being the slowest left-handed opener at the World Cup, as he looks to build a platform for the Pakistan innings but those in Pakistan don’t exactly see it that way, taking a dig at the out of sorts opener in a widely circulated meme.
Imam: I am the slowest left handed opener in World Cup.
The text explanation makes it clear that this is Warner’s battle cry against Imam-ul-Haq’s claims to be the slowest left-hand opener in the World Cup.
The reason for it is Warner’s traditional batting bluster has waned significantly this World Cup with the opener owning a strike rate of just over 50 in the opening power play as he struggles to come to terms with English conditions.
It’s something Australia skipper Aaron Finch hopes will change tonight against Pakistan but he felt no need to haul his opening partner over the coals for his slower than normal scoring but also said it was not part of the plan.
“It’s not a team plan,” Aaron Finch said on the eve of their match against Pakistan in Taunton.
Aaron Finch is backing David Warner in.Source:AP
“I think the last couple of games, the last game in particular, India bowled really well at the start and he (Warner) hit the field a lot, which as an opening batter, as a top-order player, when the field is in that you do generally face a high percentage of top bowlers.
And I suppose when the field went out he still hit them fielders, which didn’t give the innings a huge amount of flow, which I know he was disappointed about.
“But at the same time, every evidence suggests he’ll be back to his dangerous best.”
After the first game, Warner admitted his feet were not moving that well and Finch said the difference between the pitches in the IPL and in England played a part. D
“Totally different wickets,” Finch said.
“You have to remember that Indian wickets are quite low and quite skiddy with the new ball, which allowed him to use his hands and stand really still and hit the gaps. Whereas, there’s been just enough in these wickets first up that it doesn’t allow you to just walk out and hit through the line and blast attacks all over.
“And you’re talking about world-class opposition here. You’re not playing a club team where you can find one target and target them really hard. Each team is super strong.
He’s still batting beautifully at the moment. He just hasn’t got off to that flow that we’re used to.”
Australia enter the match on four points, while Pakistan had their last match against Sri Lanka rained out and have so far beaten England and lost to the West Indies in a rain-interrupted affair.
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