World Cup: Australia Demolish Spirited Afghans
Australia outclassed Afghanistan by a mammoth 275 runs to cruise to a win at Perth. <br><br>After scoring 417/6 - the highest ever total in World Cups, the hosts bowled out their opponents for a mere 142. (All images courtesy Getty and AFP).
Australia outclassed Afghanistan by a mammoth XXX runs to cruise to a win at Perth.
After scoring 417/6 - the highest ever total in World Cups, the hosts bowled out their opponents for a mere 142. (All images courtesy Getty and AFP).
Afghanistan, surprisingly to many, chose to field first after winning the toss.
Stage was set for Aussie openers Aaron Finch and David Warner.
While Finch failed to fire and lost his wicket in the third over, Warner was his fiery best.
Warner partnered Smith to embark on a memorable knock.
Smith shared an Aussie record stand of 260 runs for the second wicket with Warner. He would score 95 off 98.
Afghans though truly felt the pain when Warner unleashed all his might.
While his fifty came off 40 balls, Warner reached the three-figure mark off 92 deliveries.
If Afghans thought reaching a century would be enough for Warner, they were completely wrong. As if the pace of scoring was not quick enough, the New South Wales player switched to top gear effortlessly after completing his ton - his third fifty of the innings taking him just 24 balls!
Warner would go on to hit 5 6s and 19 4s before falling for 178 off 133.
Glenn Maxwell then took over and slammed a thunderous 88 off 39. Australia would reach a record total of 417/6.
In reply, Afghans could hardly mount a stiff challenge. Though there were some sparks of a fight, the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc were just too hot to handle.
The local fans loved the steady stream of wickets.
Afghanistan would eventually crash to 142 - losing the match by 275 runs which is the highest margin of defeat in World Cups.