The Aaron Finch-led Australian team started its World Cup title defence with a sensational 7-wicket victory against Afghanistan in their opening game of the tournament at the County Ground in Bristol. The Australian bowler duo comprising of Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa delivered impressive spell to bowl out the Afghanistan team for a pretty modest first innings total. In the second innings, skipper Aaron Finch got his team off to a fabulous start with a quick-fire half-century, after which his opening partner, David Warner remained unbeaten till the end for a brilliant knock to steer his team to an emphatic win.
Aussie bowlers effective efforts restrict Afghanistan to 207
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Afghanistan got off to a horrible start as both their openers, Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai got dismissed quite early. The Aussie fast bowling duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins bowled well with the new ball to rattle the Afghan openers. The pair of Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah then bailed their team out of trouble with a 51-run stand. Shahidi got dismissed in the 14th over and the duo of Rahmat and Mohammad Nabi also fell along in quick time.
The duo of skipper Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran then stitched an impressive partnership of 83 runs to resurrect the Afghanistan innings. Najibullah compiled a fine innings of 51 runs that included of seven fours and two sixes. However, after his wicket, the Afghan innings never really recovered and they got bowled out for 207 runs in 38.2 overs. For Australia, the duo of Cummins and Zampa bowled very well to claim three scalps each, while Stoinis finished with two wickets.
Finch and Warner’s impressive knocks leads Australia in the chase
Chasing a mere target of 208 runs, Aussie skipper Aaron Finch cleared his intentions from the word go, smashing Afghanistan new ball bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 24 runs in his first two overs. He kept on batting in an aggressive and attacking mode during the fabulous opening partnership of 96 runs along with David Warner. Finch composed an amazing innings of 66 runs which came off just 49 balls and included six fours and four sixes before getting dismissed by his counterpart, Gulbadin Naib, in the 17th over, however, before getting out, he had already done his job.
He had reduced the run-chase to mere formalities and from that while, Warner took the onus on himself. The southpaw batsman played a phenomenal unbeaten knock of 89 runs which consisted of eight boundaries, to guide his team towards a comfortable victory with 15.1 overs to spare in the match.
Afghanistan: 207/10 in 38.2 overs (Najibullah Zadran-51, Rahmat Shah-43; Pat Cummins 3/40, Adam Zampa 3/60)
Australia: 209/3 in 34.5 overs (David Warner-89*, Aaron Finch-66; Gulbadin Naib 1/32)
Result: Australia won the match by 7 wickets.
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