Australia demonstrated a dominant performance against Pakistan during the ICC World Cup 2023 match in Bengaluru. Openers David Warner and Mitchell Marsh showcased outstanding batting prowess, both achieving centuries and setting a formidable foundation for their team at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Warner displayed exceptional form, securing his 21st ODI century in just 85 balls, adorned with seven fours and six sixes. Meanwhile, Marsh celebrated his ton on his 32nd birthday, reaching the milestone in 100 deliveries, including 10 fours and six sixes.

Despite a slight early setback, where Warner was dropped by Usama Mir off Shaheen Shah Afridi when he had only made 10 runs, both openers continued to build an imposing partnership. They amassed a total of 259 runs for the first wicket, setting a new record for Australia’s highest-ever opening stand in World Cup cricket.

Source: Cricinfo

This remarkable feat marked the first instance of Pakistan conceding a partnership of more than 200 runs in World Cup history. Notably, it also stood as Australia’s second-highest partnership for any wicket, underscoring their exceptional teamwork.

Warner’s individual score of 163 further etched its place in history as the highest ever against Pakistan in World Cup cricket, surpassing Andrew Symonds’ 143 in 2003. Additionally, Australia became the team with the highest runs scored in an innings against Pakistan in the tournament’s history, surpassing Sri Lanka’s 344-run total earlier in the ongoing event in Hyderabad.

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