TAUNTON:UNS -Australia falter at the end of their innings after David Warner scores his first century since his ban for ball-tampering.
Asutralia lost eight wickets for 302 runs after Pakistan won the toss and invited Australia to bat first in the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
Australia survived a probing opening spell by Mohammad Amir to reach 76 without loss off 13 overs after being sent in to bat by Pakistan in a World Cup match at Taunton on Wednesday.
Roared in by chants of “Amir, Amir” from the Pakistan fans in the crowd, the left-arm quick was on target right from the first ball of the match, beating Australia captain Aaron Finch s outside edge.
That first over was a maiden and Amir bowled two in a four-over spell in which he conceded a mere 11 runs.
Finch should have been out for 26 in the 13th over when he edged Wahab Riaz, one of three left-arm quicks in the Pakistan side, only for first slip Asif Ali to drop a head-high chance that burst through his hands before going for four.
At the end of the over, Finch was 35 not out and left-hander David Warner 33 not out.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed decided to give his bowlers first use of a green-tinged pitch under overcast skies.
But Shaheen Shah Afridi, drafted in as an extra seamer after Pakistan dropped leg-spinner Shadab Khan, was not as accurate as fellow left-arm quick Amir.
His first two overs cost 24 runs, with Finch pulling a short ball for six and Warner also cashing in with a pulled four when Afridi failed to pitch up.
Reigning champions Australia are looking to bounce back from a 36-run loss to India — their first defeat of this World Cup — with Pakistan keen to build on a win over England after their last group match, against Sri Lanka, was washed out.