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Aussies look to bounce back against in-form Pakistan

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Pakistan cricket team's match against Sri Lanka in Bristol was abandoned due to heavy rain

"In most World Cup games, teams whose top order has delivered have done well".

Pakistan, meanwhile, have a topsy-turvy campaign so far.

Pakistan looked like a team stuck in a different era in their seven-wicket loss to the West Indies but they bounced back in the most unlikely fashion with a clinical 14-run win over hosts and tournament favourites England.

They split points with Sri Lanka after the match in Bristol was abandoned because of rain and the prospect of another washout looms large over their next outing.

Warner was booed by the crowd in each of his previous appearances at the World Cup, and was under scrutiny from critics despite scoring runs because his unbeaten 89 against Afghanistan, his three against West Indies and his 56 against India all came at an uncharacteristically slow strike rate. It were the batsmen who tried to keep them in the hunt for the most part of the game.

Warner fired and Pat Cummins did his job with the ball but Australia are still some way from clicking in the World Cup following their win over Pakistan.

David Warner was neither booed nor questioned about his approach at Taunton as Pakistan bore the brunt of his return to form, as the southpaw scored a century in hard circumstances.

He finished with 56 off 84 balls in Australia's laboured run-chase as they lost by 32 runs to India on Sunday.

"Marcus Stoinis has a bit of a side strain".

Shortly after, Sarfaraz caught Coulter-Nile off a delivery from Wahab in the 47th over.

Babar Azam has delivered consistent performances at No.3 ever since he's arrived in England.

Probable XI: 1. Imam-ul-Haq, 2.

Opener Fakhar Zaman (0) was dismissed early into the game. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), 6. Wahab Riaz, 9. Hasan Ali, 10.

Pakistan bowled defending champions Australia out for 307 in the first innings of the 17th match of the World Cup 2019 at Taunton on Wednesday.

"[We] will go as positive and aggressive as we were against England", he was quoted as saying.

But speaking publicly for the first time since returning to the team, Warner revealed he was driven by a concern his global career was over.

"At the worldwide level, regardless of how good a player you are, it's just going to take a little bit of time, especially as an opening batter, to find your feet".

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