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33rd over: Australia 218-2 (Warner 90, Maxwell 20) Even a circumspect Maxwell can’t turn down a couple of gifts from Hafeez. The first is short and loopy and slapped through midwicket. The second is a fraction too short, fails to turn and the Victorian is on it in a flash, smashing it over long on. The blood pumping he then just caresses a checked drive straight over the bowler’s head for the easiest six you’d ever see. Could that be the start of something special? Maxwell is already 20 off just eight balls.
32nd over: Australia 202-2 (Warner 89, Maxwell 5) This phase of the match feels like a middle distance race with the front-runner just dropping the pace to make sure they’re primed to sprint on the bell. Against Shoaib Maxwell and Warner are content to dab ones and place the ball into gaps for twos instead of attempting the big heave-ho.
“Wahab Riaz remains the only good bowler against Australia at a World Cup even as he faces sloppy fielding from the rest of his own team… What’s new?” emails OB Jato. Wahab has bene decent but Amir has been the standout by a mile. Surprising Sarfraz hasn’t paired them in a spell to really put the pressure on Australia.