Both the Australian openers, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, brought up their centuries inside 31 overs as the duo hammered the Pakistani bowlers to all parts of the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in their World Cup 2023 match.
It was a nightmare that simply wasn’t ending for the Pakistani bowlers as Warner and Marsh went gung-ho right from the moment the right-hander walloped Shaheen Afridi for a six down the ground on the 5th ball of the match.
Pakistan just got one opportunity – and quite an easy one – which was spilled. In the 5th over, David Warner top-edged a pull shot off Shaheen Afridi, but Usama Mir dropped a simple catch at mid-on. There were no chances given after this by the pair with both openers treating the Pakistani bowlers with utter disdain.
Haris Rauf, in particular, was being torn apart. He leaked 24 runs in his first over and in his first three-over spell, Rauf went for 47 runs. When he returned in the 32nd over, Marsh welcomed him with another powerful six over deep mid-wicket.
This was simply astonishing hitting from David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. Yes, the bowling and fielding from Pakistan also was ordinary – so much that you would have felt the Netherlands would have come up with better planning on their tactical paper notes than what Pakistan were doing.
After 32 overs of Australia’s innings, at which point they had ransacked 226/0, it was part-time off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed who had bowled the best, conceding only 37 runs in 8 overs. Warner crashed 8 fours and 6 sixes, and Marsh hit 10 fours and 7 sixes until this point.
This led to a spate of memes on Twitter with fans of all countries trolling the Pakistani bowling attack as they ran into David Warner and Mitchell Marsh who were in marauding form.
Here are some hilarious memes on Pakistan bowlers as Warner and Marsh smoked them in Bangalore:
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis(w), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan (Playing XI): Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf