Australia last played Pakistan in a World Cup in England in 1999 and they won the final in Lord's Pakistan's match against Sri Lanka was washed out on Friday before the clash between South Africa and the West Indies was abandoned after less than eight overs play on Monday. There is rain predicted in the Taunton area on Wednesday and Finch conceded luck with the weather could play a role in who makes the semi-finals from the 10-team group stage. (LIVE SCORECARD)
22:30 hrs IST: Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs
22:20 hrs IST: After DRS over ruling, Pakistan lose Wahab Riaz at 45
22:12 hrs IST: Only 3 runs off the over, PAK 257/7 after 43 overs
22:00 hrs IST: Good over for Pakistan side, 14 runs off the over, PAK 244/7 after 41 overs
21:58 hrs IST: Last over of PowerPlay2 ends, and Pakistan could manage to just churn out 2 runs in the over, PAK 230/7 after 40 overs
21:52 hrs IST: After 39 overs, Pakistan are 228/7
21:40 hrs IST: With the end of 36th over, Pakistan 207/7 with Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz at crease.
21:32 hrs IST: Hassan Ali departs at 32, Kane Richardson picks up his second wicket.
21:26 hrs IST: SIX! by Hasan Ali to Glenn Maxwell
21:23 hrs IST: Back-to-back SIXES by Hasan Ali to Kane Richardson, PAK 182/6 after 32 overs
21:15 hrs IST: Pakistan suffers sixth dent in Asif Ali, after 30 overs, Pakistan are 160/6
21:12 hrs IST: Only 6 runs off the over, Pakistan are 154/5 after 29 overs
21:04 hrs IST: Another wicket down! Wickets are falling like pack of cards here. Malik departs for DUCK. Pakistan lost half their side. After 28 overs, it's 149/5.
21:00 hrs IST: Oh dear! Second wicket in no time. This time another set batsman, Mohammad Hafeez. Aaron Finch made a smart move. After 27 overs, 146/4.
20:52 hrs IST: Just after scoring fifty, Imam Ul Haq lost his concentration and threw his wicket away. A much-needed wicket for Australia came at right time. After 26 overs, it's 139/3.
20:50 hrs IST: Imam Ul Haq slams sixth ODI fifty. After 25 overs, it's 136/2.
20:46 hrs IST: Both Imam and Hafeez near 50. After 24 overs, it's 128/2.
20:43 hrs IST: 5 came off the over. It's 126/2 after 23 overs.
20:39 hrs IST: The partnership between Hafeez and Imam has now notched upto 65. Mitchell Starc couldn't do much either as the score after 22 overs looks 121/2.
20:33 hrs IST: Five runs from the over. It's 115/2 after 21 overs.
20:27 hrs IST: Seeing the partnership building up, Aaron Finch called Mitchell Starc into the attack, who gave away just three runs. After 20 overs, it's 110/2.
20:21 hrs IST: 100 up for Pakistan and management will be hoping that the duo can continue for bit long. After 19 overs, it's 107/2.
20:17 hrs IST: Drinks are on field now.
20:16 hrs IST: 188.8.131.52.1.0 - 14 runs off the 18th over! Both Hafeez and Imam enter 30s. It's 97/2.
20:13 hrs IST: Professor Hafeez has started to time the ball perfectly and runs have started to come for men-in-green. After 17 overs, it's 83/2.
20:08 hrs IST: Another quiet over for Pakistan. After 16 overs, it's 76/2.
20:06 hrs IST: Five came off the 15th over. It's 74/2.
20:02 hrs IST: Mohammad Hafeez finally opened his arms against Glenn Maxwell as the score ticked to 69/2 in 14 overs.
19:59 hrs IST: The Australian bowlers are just not letting the opposition batsmen to open their arms. After 13 overs, it's 62/2.
19:56 hrs IST: Maxwell was introduced into the attack for the first time and gave away just 4 runs. After 12 overs, it's 60/2.
19:50 hrs IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled a short of a length delivery and Babar just couldn't keep it down, in process gets caught at fine leg. A good cameo comes to an end. After 11 overs, it's 56/2.
19:46 hrs IST: 50-up for Pakistan in 10 overs.
19:43 hrs IST: Six runs from the ninth over. It's 46/1.
19:40 hrs IST: Babar Azam and Imam Ul Haq are playing positively against Australia's lethal bowling attack. After 8 overs, it's 40/1.
19:35 hrs IST: Cummins made it difficult for Babar to score runs. After 7 overs, it's 34/1.
19:32 hrs IST: Three boundaries in the sixth over. Pakistan is looking good in chase. After 6 overs, it's 30/1.
19:28 hrs IST: The over started off with a boundary and ended with one. Eight runs from it. Babar Azam is looking solid. After 5 overs, it's 18/1.
19:23 hrs IST: Four runs from the fourth over. It's 10/1.
19:14 hrs IST: Cummins came to bowl his second over and pitches a short of a length delivery. Zaman tried to play away from his body and gets a thick edge which went straight to the third man fielder. Departs for DUCK. The wicket on the first ball followed three consecutive dots and a delighful boundary on the second last ball. After 3 overs, it's 6/1.
19:10 hrs IST: Mitchell Starc took the new ball from the other end and starts with a maiden. He is able to swing the ball both ways. After 2 overs, it's 2/0.
19:06 hrs IST: Pat Cummins started the proceedings for Australia and bowled a magnificant first over. Just 2 from it.
19:00 hrs IST: The Pakistani openers are out in middle, and so are Australians. The chase begins!
18:35 hrs IST: Pakistan need 308 runs to win. Mohammad Amir picks his first five-wicket haul.
18:30 hrs IST: Trapped right in front. Amir bowled a full delivery and Carey missed it completely. Gone for 20.
18:25 hrs IST: Another wicket down. Hasan Ali bowls a short of a length delivery and Pat Cummins gets a slight edge which went straight into the hands of wicketkeeper. After 48 overs, it's 302/8.
18:21 hrs IST: 300-up for Australia after 47 overs.
18:19 hrs IST: Just a slight nip and through to the keeper. Wahab Riaz finally gets paid for his hard work. Sends Nathan for mere 2 runs.
18:15 hrs IST: Seven came off the over. After 46 overs, it's 298/6.
18:10 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir picks his third. What a spell this has been from him. Australia losing its track here. Marsh departs for 23. After 45 overs, it's 291/6.
18:06 hrs IST: Pakistan has made a strong comeback in last three-four overs. Wickets are falling, runs have been hard to come by, and Australia is in trouble. After 44 overs, it's 286/5.
18:03 hrs IST: Wahab will correct his team-mates' flaws. Amir strikes off once again. This time, on the first ball in another spell. He pitches this up outside off, sucking Khawaja into a drive away from his body. Half side back to pavilion. After 43 overs, it's 278/5.
18:00 hrs IST: Seven runs came off the over. Decent one for Pakistan at this stage. After 42 overs, it's 276/4.
17:55 hrs IST: First expensive over from Wahab Riaz. 13 came off the over. After 41 overs, it's 269/4.
17:51 hrs IST: With 10 overs still remaining, Australia will try to end the score between 320-330 at least. After 40 overs, it's 256/4.
17:49 hrs IST: 250-up for Australia.
17:47 hrs IST: Three runs came from Wahab Riaz's over. After 39 over, it's 247/4.
17:42 hrs IST: Warner didn't get lucky this time around. He tried to play Shaheen Afridi over the deep cover fielder, but couldn't time it to perfection. Departs for 107. After 38 overs, 243/4.
17:38 hrs IST: Nothing going in favour of Pakistan at the moment. Asif Ali has already dropped two important catches in the game. After 37 overs, it's 239/3.
17:35 hrs IST: Asif Ali drops David Warner on 104.
17:32 hrs IST: Slight luck and that's exactly what David Warner wanted to get to his 15th ODI ton. He took his time at the start, but didn't throw his wicket away. He played with maturity and showed why he deserves the spot in the national team. After 36 overs, it's 235/3.
17:28 hrs IST: Warner is now just three runs away from a well-deserved ton. After 35 overs, it's 228/3.
17:24 hrs IST: Knocked him over. Glenn Maxwell looked good for his 20, but couldn't continue. He was taken by Shaheen's pace. Third Wicket down for Aussies. After 34 overs, it's 224/3.
17:20 hrs IST: Drinks are on field now.
17:18 hrs IST: Maxwell is showing his class. Gets to 20 in no time. 16 came off the Hafeez's over. After 33 overs, it's 218/2.
17:14 hrs IST: 200-up for Australia. Warner on 89. After 32 overs, it's 202/2.
17:12 hrs IST: The spinners have been to restrict Australia's batsmen, and make some sort of a comeback. After 31 overs, it's 196/2.
17:09 hrs IST: Just one run off Malik's over. After 30 overs, it's 191/2.
17:04 hrs IST: Mohammad Hafeez tossed the ball up and Steve Smith tried to play on the rise towards mid-wicket fielder. However, he mistimed the ball, which went straight to the cover fielder. Australia lose their second. Smith departs for 10. After 29 overs, it's 190/2.
17:01 hrs IST: Warner enters 80s and Australia go past 180 runs. After 28 overs, it's 187/1.
16:57 hrs IST: The Pakistan bowlers have again started to bowl in right lines, which eventually giving them results. After 27 overs, it's 172/1.
16:53 hrs IST: For the 26th over, Sarfaraz introduced veteran Shoaib Malik into the attack. Malik utilized his experience to the fullest and gave just four runs. After 26 overs, it's 169/1.
16:48 hrs IST: Another sensational over from Amir comes to an end. Just 2 runs from it. After 25 overs, 165/1.
16:41 hrs IST: 150-up for Australia. David Warner filling the shoes properly. Three boundaries in the over. After 24 overs, 163/1.
16:38 hrs IST: Steve Smith replaces Finch. Three came off the 23rd over. It's 149/1.
16:35 hrs IST: Amir provides the much-needed breakthrough! Sarfaraz turned to his most reliable bowler, Mohammad Amir, and he didn't disappoint. The slower ball did the trick and Finch was clearly into the shot as he attempted to go across the line. Hafeez didn't do any mistake. Skipper departs for 82.
16:33 hrs IST: David Warner notches 20th ODI fifty. Third in the ongoing tournament. 10 runs came off the 22nd over. It's 146/0.
16:27 hrs IST: Couple of sixes and couple of singles - story of the 21st over. After 21 overs, it's 136/0.
16:23 hrs IST: After first 20 overs, the Pakistan team hasn't managed to pick single wicket. Having scored 122 runs already, Australia will be eyeing to finish between 350-380.
16:20 hrs IST: The ball isn't doing much at this stage, and runs are coming easily. At this stage, the men-in-green need something special to make some sort of a comeback. After 19 overs, it's 117/0.
16:17 hrs IST: Five off Shaheen's sixth over. A rare quiet over for Australia at this moment. After 18 overs, it's 113/0.
16:12 hrs IST: Drinks are on field now.
16:11 hrs IST: Finch smashed to consecutive boundaries to register his 23rd ODI fifty. A top knock from Australian skipper. With this, it's 100-run stand between Warner and Finch. 16 came off the 17th over. After 17 overs, it's 107/0.
16:09 hrs IST: After trying the pacers, Sarfaraz Ahmed finally intriduces spinner into the attack.
16:07 hrs IST: Decent over by Shaheen. Just four came off it. After 16 overs, it's 91/0.
15:59 hrs IST: Four came of the fifteenth over. Australia has still not lost their openers. After 15 overs, it's 87/0.
15:57 hrs IST: Seven runs came of Afridi's over. Pakistan team need to break this partnership if they are fancying their chances in this game. After 14 overs, it's 83/0.
15:53 hrs IST: Nothing seems to be falling in place for Pakistan. Both openers have now settled at the crease, and to add to their worry, Asif Ali dropped skipper Aaron Finch in 13th over. It's 76/0.
15:52 hrs IST: Asif Ali drops Aaron Finch on 26.
15:48 hrs IST: The Pankistan bowlers seem to have lost their track. Shaheen isn't looking in best touch, so is Hasan Ali. After 12 overs, it's 65/0.
15:44 hrs IST: David Warner and Aaron Finch have been able to rotate the strike. Four runs came from Wahab Riaz's second over. After 11 overs, it's 60/0.
15:40 hrs IST: Australia's dominance with bat continues. Both Finch and Warner strung a 50-run partnership in 55 balls. Hasan Ali, on the other hand, has been a little expensive. After 10 overs, it's 56/0.
15:38 hrs IST: A great start by Wahab Riaz. Just 2 came off the ninth over. After 9 overs, it's 49/0.
15:34 hrs IST: David Warner and Aaron Finch are slowly and gradually taking things under Australia's control. 11 came off eighth over. After 8 overs, it's 46/0.
15:30 hrs IST: A rare loose over from Mohammad Amir. Eight came of the seventh over. After 7 overs, it's 36/0.
15:24 hrs IST: Just one came of the sixth over. After 6 overs, it's 28/0.
15:20 hrs IST: Another maiden over by Mohammad Amir. This is pure class. The ball seems to swinging, and he is utilising his experience to the fullest. After 5 overs, it's 27/0.
15:17 hrs IST: Aaron Finch and David Warner finally managed to open their arms against young Shaheen. The fourth over started off with a six and ended with a couple of runs between cover and mid on region. After 4 overs, it's 27/0.
15:12 hrs IST: Another superlative over by Mohammad Amir. Just three came off the third over. After 3 overs, it's 10/0.
15:06 hrs IST: Shaheen Afridi took the new ball from the other end. David Warner smashed him for a boundary between point and cover region. Finch, on the other hand, has managed just 1 run in 9 balls. After 2 overs, it's 7/0.
15:03 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir started the proceedings for Pakistan and swing experienced straightaway. The left-arm bowler has been able to take away from the right-hander. After 1 over, it's 0/0.
15:00 hrs IST: Pakistan team in the last hurdle. Aaron Finch and David Warner are out in the middle, and so are the umpires. It's game time. Mohammad Amir to start.
14:56 hrs IST: Interestingly, Pakistan and Australia have played 14 games in last five years and the former has been able to win only once.
14:53 hrs IST: Both Australia and Pakistan players are out in the middle, standing for their respective national anthems. We are now just 7 minutes away from the first ball to be bowled.
14:42 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both sides
Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson
14:36 hrs IST: Pakistan have chosen to bowl. Kane Richardson is included in the Australian team along with Shaun Marsh.
14:20 hrs IST: In head-to-head encounters, Australia hold a 5-4 advantage against Pakistan. In 2015, the Aussies defeated Pakistan in the quarterfinal but in 2011, it was Pakistan who ended Australia's 34-game winning streak.
14:14 hrs IST: It looks like pace will be the key in Taunton. According to the pitch report, it is green and it might assist swing and seam.
14:01 hrs IST: Currently, there is no rain, which is a relief. But, the forecast is not good for the remainder of the day. So, we might have a truncated game on the cards.
13:53 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the ICC Cricket World Cup clash between Australia and Pakistan from Taunton. First things first - There is a rain threat for this match. Accuweather says 63 percent chances of rain. Groan! Yet another truncated match is on the cards.