ICC World Cup 2019: Mohammad Amir Steals The Show With A Five-For

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Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir is one of the key players of Pakistan who can single-handedly change the game. After all, who can forget his spell against India in the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017? Another sensational effort from the left-arm pacer stole the show during the game between Pakistan and Australia in the ICC World Cup where Amir scalped a five-wicket haul and stole the show, despite David Warner’s blistering century.

Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first. Within the first 5 overs of the game, Amir had already two overs maiden. While the other bowlers were struggling to restrict Warner and Finch, Amir conceded a single boundary in his first spell.

Both the openers David Waner and Aaron Finch gave a solid start to the team with a partnership of 146 runs in 22.1 overs; which is the highest partnership of the tournament so far and equals the record of Shakib Al Hasan & Mushfiqur Rahim’s 3rd wicket partnership against South Africa at the Oval.

It was Amir, who successfully provided the first ever breakthrough to his side by dismissing Finch for 82. He once again was brought back by his captain in the 43rd over and picked up Khawaja who tried to hit over mid-off but ended up getting dismissed. His next victim was Shaun Marsh who mistimed the shot and it went on high and ended up fell on the palm of Shoaib Malik.

Mohammad Amir
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Though Australia were looking dangerous at one point, Amir’s spell did the job for Pakistan. Amir came to finish his 10-over spell in the penultimate over where he trapped Carey before the stumps in the third delivery for mere 20 while Starc got dismissed in the final ball of the over by hitting an off-paced full delivery towards Shoaib Malik who did no mistake and Mohammad Amir completed his maiden five-wicket haul.

He was not even selected in the World Cup squad earlier and today his spell brought back Pakistan in the game once again. However, this was that venue where he made his return in the first-class cricket after the five-year ban for spot-fixing. Australia collapsed from 277/4 in 42 overs to 307/10 in 49 overs.

He finished his spell with a remarkable figure of 10-2-30-5. Surprisingly, he didn’t concede more than one boundary in his 10-over spell. Twitterati reacted on his outstanding bowling.