World Cup 2019, Afghanistan vs Australia Highlights: Australia have defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets in their first match of World Cup 2019 in Bristol on Saturday. David Warner (89*) and Aaron Finch (66) got the chase off to a great start. Hamid Hassan was the most impressive Afghan bowler on display early on, but the chase was always on at well above the required run rate. Finch holed out in the deep to Gulbadin Naib in the 17th over, but by then Australia were well on course for victory. Usman Khawaja (15) and Steve Smith (18) joined Warner in the middle as the defending champions cantered to victory with 15.1 overs to spare.
In the first innings, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins gave Australia the perfect start. Afghanistan lost both their openers very early. Starc bowled Mohammad Shahzad for a duck and Cummins got Hazratullah Zazai caught behind for a duck. Rahmat Shah (43) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (18) rebuilt the Afghanistan innings after those early blows. Zampa struck in his first over to break the partnership, getting Shahidi’s wicket. Rahmat Shah, who was looking set for a big score, fell to a brilliant diving catch by Steve Smith. Smith’s throw also ran out Mohammad Nabi (7) soon after, as Afghanistan lost their fifth wicket. Gulbadin Naib (31) and Najibullah Zadran (51) put on a 83-run sixth wicket partnership. Rashid Khan (27) came up with an entertaining cameo to take the Afghanistan total beyond 200. Their innings wrapped up in the 39th over, at a score of 207. This is the highest total by an Asian side at this World Cup so far.