The ball-tampering fiasco might be in the past for David Warner and Steven Smith but the boos and the nervy tensions aren't. Batting for the first time in international cricket since the expiration of their one-year suspension, the duo was up against a Bristol crowd that seemed determined to pick up from where the kindred in Southampton left last week. If the warm-up game against England saw Steven Smith answer the boos with a hundred, it was Warner's turn today.
The 32-year-old left-hander didn't look at his usual best to start with, but fought through difficult periods to finish unbeaten on 89 in a successful run-chase. Smith, on the other hand, made only 18 but remains crucial to Australia's run-scoring abilities.
The Australian bowler duo comprising of Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa picked up three wickets each in restricting Afghanistan to 207. 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.
We hope to keep the ball rolling
After the match, David Warner admitted that he was nervous before this game as well as while batting in the middle. He revealed that as soon as his opening partner Aaron Finch, who smashed a quick-fire 66, got going, he got much relieved.
“Great win and we hope to keep the ball rolling. I think there were some nerves getting to the training and then coming out today. But I got relaxed once Finchy (captain Aaron Finch) started to get going,” said David Warner on receiving the Man of the Match award.
While speaking about his time in the middle, Warner mentioned, “The way I started out today, I had to take time to move my feet and get my head into position, considering that I had only played T20 cricket over the last one year.