In the ICC World Cup group game between Australia and Pakistan, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh displayed a breathtaking exhibition of power-hitting, propelling Australia to an imposing total of 367-9. Their partnership was a record-breaking performance that left the Pakistan bowlers reeling.
Shaheen Afridi emerged as the lone shining light among the Pakistan bowlers, capturing an impressive five-wicket haul while conceding 54 runs. This outstanding achievement not only underlines his potential but also sees him equal a remarkable record. Shaheen Afridi’s tally of 95 wickets in 48 ODIs matches that of the renowned Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who reached the same milestone in the same number of matches.
Furthermore, Shaheen Afridi’s five-wicket haul against Australia in the World Cup match in Bengaluru saw him equal the record held by cricket legend Shahid Afridi for the most five-wicket hauls in World Cup matches for Pakistan. This individual accomplishment highlights his prowess on the global stage.
However, despite these individual feats, Pakistan faced some unwanted records, particularly due to the brilliance of Warner and Marsh. Their extraordinary partnership of 259 runs for the first wicket was not only Australia’s highest-ever opening stand in World Cup history but also marked the first instance where Pakistan conceded over 200 runs for a partnership in World Cup cricket. This record-breaking performance by Warner and Marsh showcased the dominance of Australia’s batting in the match.