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World Cup 2019, Afghanistan vs Australia Highlights: Australia win by 7 wickets

World Cup 2019, Afghanistan vs Australia Highlights: Defending champions Australia took on Afghanistan in their first match of the World Cup.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 2, 2019 12:10:40 am
World Cup 2019, Afghanistan vs Australia Live Cricket Score: Afghanistan clash with Australia in their first match.

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.

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019County Ground, Bristol 22 February 2020

Afghanistan 207 (38.2)


Australia 209/3 (34.5)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 4 ) Australia beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

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World Cup 2019, Afghanistan vs Australia Highlights:


    23:52 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Maxwell hits the winning runs

    Steve Smith is cleaned up by Mujeeb, giving just enough time for Glenn Maxwell to come in. Has to face just one ball though, which he smashes for four. Australia win by 7 wickets with 15.1 overs to spare. Brave performance from Afghanistan and plenty of positives, but unfortunately no points to show.

    23:41 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Some great characters in today's match
    23:35 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    First four for Smith

    Smith's first boundary of this World Cup is a 'well played' outside edge. No slips in place and that rolls past the keeper for four runs. 
    Warner now on 79. Australia need 20 more runs to win.

    23:28 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Smith-Warner going strong

    Smith and Warner seem to be in no hurry. They are moving along the score comfortably and confidently. Writing is on the wall for Afghanistan. Despite all their bravery, all they can do now is to just delay the inevitable. Their running between wickets is so good as well. Completing the runs almost before the field can react. Australia need 37 more runs. 21 overs still to go.

    23:15 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Smith and Warner in the middle for Australia

    Khawaja is given out LBW. Steve Smith joins Warner in the middle, fist pump between them. Will be fitting if these two can take this match to its end from here on. Australia need just 50 more runs, almost half of the innings still left.

    23:06 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Fifty for Warner

    Warner brings up his 18th ODI fifty and his second World Cup fifty. What a return to international cricket! Some boos and lots of cheers heard around the ground. Not his most fluent innings, but you can see the resolve writ clearly on his face and in his body language. One has to wonder though - what if Shahzad had been quicker with the stumping opportunity earlier in his innings? Khawaja doing well to complement Warner in this partnership. Rashid Khan not finding much joy against them either.

    22:51 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Warner moves to 39

    Warner was content to play second fiddle as long as Finch was taking the initiative. Upping his ante now.

    22:39 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    First wicket

    Afghanistan skipper Naib gets the wicket of Australia skipper Finch. Finch goes for 66, caught by Mujeeb ur Rahman in the deep. Looks disappointed as he walks off, but surely he has done enough for today. Usman Khawaja has come in at No. 3.

    22:32 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Aus need 121 runs in 35 overs, 10 wickets in hand
    22:26 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    50 for Finch

    Rashid Khan is brought on. Finch brings up his half-century. Hits a big six (83 metres) off the very next ball. 

    Finch's last five ODI innings before today:

    22:17 (IST)01 Jun 2019

    Aaron Finch and David Warner have added 58 for the opening wicket. They now need another 150 to win. Naib is smashed by Finch. The captain hits his third six of the innings. Moves on to 45. Warner still on 19. Not every day that we seen Warner being outscored by his partner. 

    22:11 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Naib to bowl the 10th over

    Skipper brings himself on. Third seamer of the innings. Rashid Khan still to bowl today, of course. But then he is usually not bowled in the powerplay overs. If only Afghanistan played out their 50 overs, Rashid might have had more to work with.  Nabi bowling the 11th over. Former skipper and current skipper bowling in tandem.

    22:02 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Hamid Hassan on fire

    Hamid Hassan has Finch in all kinds of trouble in the sixth over. Gets ball to go through his gate to the keeper and then raps him on his hips. No reward for him so far though. However, Hamid Hassan is the first bowler to bowl two maidens to David Warner in a one-day international.

    21:55 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Openers going strong

    Finch and Warner making a statement of Australia's intent early on. Run rate has been consistently above 6.
    Hamid Hassan can think himself unlucky. Got an edge off Warner's bat that could have been easily taken at second slip. There is only one slip in place for Afghanistan though. At this stage, Australia had three slips in place. After that ball, a second slip is brought in for Afghanistan.

    21:49 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Mujeeb is taken off

    Dawlat Zadran is brought on to replace Mujeeb. Pace from both ends now. 24 runs off the 29 runs that have been scored in these first four overs have come off Mujeeb's bowling so far. Dawlat starts off with a no ball though. Warner gratefully smashed the next ball, a free hit, down the ground.

    21:42 (IST)01 Jun 2019

    First six of the innings! Finch stands and delivers. Smashes Mujeeb out of the park again. Afghanistan will have to rethink this strategy of opening the bowling with Mujeeb.

    21:34 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Match resumes

    Aaron Finch is taking strike for Australia. David Warner his opening partner. Spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman to start proceedings with the new ball. Ready for the chase!
    Finch smashes Mujeeb for two consecutive boundaries in the very first over. Both teams looking aggressive from the onset.
    Hamid 'Rambo' Hassan is bowling from the other end. Gets the ball to go past Warner's bat to the keeper on a couple of occasions.

    21:32 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Praise for Afghanistan batting
    21:09 (IST)01 Jun 2019

    Most dismissals by a keeper on World Cup debut
    6 - Sarfaraz Ahmed vs RSA, 2015
    5 - Jimmy Adams vs Kenya, 1996
    5 - Alex Carey vs AFG, TODAY

    21:07 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Last Wicket falls

    Mujeeb ur Rahman is bowled. Mujeeb also looking to not hold back. Steps away from his stumps, tries to smash Cummins to the heavens, but Cummins has too much pace for him to handle. Afghanistan put up 207 in 38.2 overs. Australia need 208 to win.

    21:02 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Rashid Khan is out

    Rashid Khan is given out LBW after a very entertaining 11-ball 27. Some lusty blows by him has taken the Afghanistan total beyond 200 though. AFG - 205/9 after 37.3 overs

    20:57 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    No booing
    20:56 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Mujeeb smashes Pat Cummins

    Mujeeb following Rashid Khan's example. Hits a four and a six in one over off Pat Cummins. These two not looking like they want to hang around. AFG 198/8 after 37 overs.

    20:52 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Fireworks from Rashid Khan

    Afghanistan might be eight wickets down but Rashid Khan is definitely not playing like his team is under any kind of pressure. 0, 6,0,4,4,6 - how dealt with an over by Stoinis. Pure entertainment! 

    20:48 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Rush of wickets

    Wickets falling in a heap for Afghanistan. Dawlat Zadran is out for 4. Now, Rashid Khan and Mujeebur Rahman, two of the youngest players at this World Cup, are in the middle. Najibullah's innings might just have ensured that we do not have another one-sided encounter today.

    20:43 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Big wicket

    Najibullah Zadran is out for 51, the highest score in the match so far. Top edges a ball, which keeper Alex Carey has an eternity to get under. What an important innings by Zadran though. Highly entertaining as well.

    20:39 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Naib is out for 31

    WICKET! Partnership is broken courtesy slower ball by Stoinis. Naib is out for 31. A big 83-run partnership between him and Zadran has taken the Afghanistan score beyond 150. Rashid Khan is the new man in. We could be set for a big finish.

    20:28 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Highest team total by an Asian side

    And with that, Afghanistan have achieved the highest score by an Asian side at this World Cup. Not that they had much of a benchmark to live up to though. Pakistan scored 105 yesterday, Sri Lanka managed 136 earlier today. Najibullah Zadran moves to 43, the highest score in this innings. 19 overs left. What could be the score they should be targetting from here on?

    20:24 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Vital partnership

    This is an important stand between Naib and Zadran. They have been out there for 10 overs now. Have put on 57 runs for the sixth wicket. 

    20:12 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Zadran punishes Zampa

    4,4,6,6! Zadran punishes Zampa in that over. 22 runs off it. Zadran, who was the more circumspect of these two in the earlier part of this partnership, has taken his scoring rate to the next level. AFG - 129/5 after 29 overs

    19:59 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Cut for four by Zadran

    Najibullah Zadran looking like he has started to find some touch as well. Both Naib and Zadran not shying away from attacking, despite the match situation. Aussie pacers still relying on the short ball to be their danger ball.

    19:52 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Naib on the attack

    Naib has hit three boundaries already. Cummins wants to get under his skin badly. Two fast bouncers directed straight at him in one over. The first almost got an edge off his bat. Rolls down harmlessly to third man though. AFG 91/5 after 24 overs.

    19:43 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Naib vs Cummins

    An interesting duel going on between new Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib and Pat Cummins. Naib, who is looking aggressive, smashes Cummins for a boundary. Very next ball, Cummins has something to say to Naib in his follow-up.  

    19:39 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Afghanistan lose their fifth wicket

    RUN OUT! Mid-pitch confusion and Nabi has to depart. Goes for just 7. Fifth wicket down and Afghanistan's lower order has been exposed much before they would have liked. Smith with the golden arm again. Great dive to stop the ball and throw the ball to Carey.

    19:32 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Big wicket

    WICKET! Great, low catch by Steve Smith as Afghanistan lose a big wicket. Rahmat Shah, the man who took the lead in rebuilding the innings after two early wickets, is out for 43. Would be utterly disappointed to go out like that. Extremely soft dismissal. Smith leaped forward and did really well to get his hands to that.
    AFG - 75/4 after 19.2 overs

    19:28 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    The Afghan roar rings loud

    Every run by Afghanistan is being cheered by the crowd. This ground has a capacity of less than 10,000, but the Afghan fans are sure making their presence felt. 

    19:23 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Excellent crowd support
    19:17 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Rahmat slams Zampa for four

    Rahmat Shah is looking good against spin as well. Pulls Zampa in the midwicket region for four as well. Keeping his strike rate in the 70s for now. He has looked to be the most technically sound batsman of the day so far.

    19:09 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Third wicket down

    WICKET! Zampa breaks Afghanistan's blossoming partnership in his first over. Hashmatullah Shahidi is stumped. Mohammed Nabi comes in at No. 5.  AFG - 56/3 after 13.5 overs

    19:02 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    An emotional return


    Australia (From): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon

    Afghanistan (From): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Hamid Hassan