Aaron Finch again looked impressive versus Pakistan after a hundred in the first warm-up game  © Gety Images
Aaron Finch again looked impressive versus Pakistan after a hundred in the first warm-up game © Gety Images

In the fourth game of the warm-up round ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017Australia and Pakistan‘s clash got abandoned due to persistent rain. Only 10.2 overs were possible wherein Australia, opting to bat, piled up 57 runs for the loss of one wicket in form of David Warner. Mohammed Aamer, who had missed the first warm-up clash versus Bangladesh, returned for some match practice and earned the wicket of Warner. Rain led to delayed start of proceedings and reduced the game to 34-overs per side. However, with weather gods appearing to have a say again, umpires finally called off the warm-up tie. Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs Australia, 4th warm-up game, ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Australia and Pakistan would feel they missed a chance to get their final team composition in place and test some other benched players courtesy the rain abandonment. Australia had played their first warm-up encounter against Sri Lanka. In absence of Mitchell Starc, they conceded over 300 to the Asian side, but chased down the target courtesy Aaron Finch’s hundred and Travis Head’s finishing skills. On the other hand, Pakistan faced Bangladesh in their previous game and earned a narrow 2-wicket victory.

Pakistani bowlers leaked runs as Bangladesh posted 341 for 8 in 50 overs. Nonetheless, Shoaib Malik’s fifty and a record stand between Fahim Ashraf and Hasan Ali made sure Pakistan completed an impressive chase.

With their respective warm-up games over, Australia and Pakistan will open their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign against New Zealand and India respectively. Australia will play Black Caps on June 2, whereas Pakistan will lock horns with arch-rivals and defending champions in a much-awaited clash on June 4 at Edgbaston.

Brief scores:

Australia 57 for 1 in 10.2 overs (David Warner 11, Aaron Finch 36*, Steven Smith 8*; Mohammed Aamer 1 for 9) vs Pakistan.

Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs Australia, 4th warm-up game, ICC Champions Trophy 2017