ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Afghanistan vs Australia - Match 4

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

Date & Time: 01 June 2019

Australia 209/3

RR: 6 | Australia beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Aaron Finch c Mujeeb Ur Rahman & b Gulbadin Naib (C) c Mujeeb Ur Rahman & b Gulbadin Naib (C) 664964
David Warner not out not out 8911480
Usman Khawaja lbw Rashid Khan lbw Rashid Khan 152010
Steve Smith c Hazrat Zazai & b Mujeeb Ur Rahman c Hazrat Zazai & b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 182710
Glenn Maxwell not out not out 4110
Marcus Stoinis
Alex Carey
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Adam Zampa
Extras 17 (b 0, lb 1, w 14, nb 2)
Total 209 (3 Wkts, 34.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
96-1 (Aaron Finch,16.2), 156-2 (Usman Khawaja,25), 205-3 (Steve Smith,34.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4.5 0 45 1 10.00
Hamid Hassan6 2 15 0 2.50
Dawlat Zadran5 0 32 0 6.40
Gulbadin Naib5 0 32 1 6.40
Mohammad Nabi6 0 32 0 5.33
Rashid Khan8 0 52 1 6.50

So that's that! The end of the first double-header day of the World Cup. Both the Trans-Tasman sides have registered comfortable wins over two Asian sides. A really good start thus for both of last World Cup's finalists. The games roll on and Sunday will see the first match for Bangladesh as they take on South Africa, who will be looking for their first win after they lost against England in the opening fixture. That one will be played at the Oval in London. It will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Join us for the same! Till then, we will bid you goodbye. See you for the next match, cheers!

Australia skipper, Aaron Finch says that there are always a bit of nerves before the first game and that they have been training hard for over a month. He mentions that they have had a long build-up and it is good to get off with a win. He feels that wickets in Powerplays are crucial against any side. Tells that it was a pretty good game all around. The Aussie skipper feels that chances were taken and he also reserves special praise for Smith and Zampa for their performances on the field. Says he felt great on his own knock. Mentions that Warner's knock was really crucial for him as he was struggling early in his innings, but he kept going and did not lose the wicket which was the important part. Admits that it is really important to not get carried away and think about the net run rate before getting into a winning position. States that the opposition have world class spinners and losing wickets early would have been a huge problem so they did not think about going too fast.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib mentions that it was always going to be difficult against Australia as they are a champion side and that they can't have mistakes. He feels that they did not have a good start with the bat and that important batsmen fell early. Also states that they lost their way in the middle as well. About the bowling, the skipper feels in England conditions there is always help for the pacers and praises Hamid Hassan especially. He hopes that upcoming games will see some helpful tracks spin and it goes on to become drier as the tournament progresses.

David Warner is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 89! He says it is a great win and a brilliant start for the team and wants to keep the ball rolling. Informs that there were a few nerves getting back to full training, but it all went well once Finch got the runs flowing at the start of their innings. States that it was great to get his feet back moving after such a long absence where he had taken an absolute break from training and the game. Feels that for batters on such bowler-friendly wickets, it is important to hold the nerves and just play out the new balls and the first few overs safely. The Aussie opener mentions that the difference between the side of 2015 and now is experience. Informs that there were plenty of guys who had played over 100 games then and now there are only a few but the energy levels in the camp are really high.

Earlier in the day, Afghanistan managed to cross 200, thanks to a few batting sparks and some excellent spirit. It could have been lesser, had the Aussies bowled a bit more consistently but the Men In Blue will be happy with the fight shown. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

207 seemed to be competitive at the innings break but sadly for Afghanistan, there was no competition with the ball. Mujeeb's opening two overs were taken apart and then some poor fielding really let the bowlers down. Hamid Hassan kept Australia under check but could not quite strike. No one else looked even remotely threatening, including Rashid Khan.

Normally, in a run chase, the opening stand sets the base. Finch and Warner's 96-run stand created the platform and then the 60-run stand between Warner and Khawaja killed all hopes of an Afghan win, if there were any. Finch continued his excellent form, scoring his 5th score of 50 or more in his last 6 games while Warner slowly but surely, got amongst the runs.

Professional display of batting by Australia. It would have been so easy to go hammer and tongs and try and win this in a canter but Australia ensured that there was no hara-kiri. Finch went after the bowlers but Warner ensured that he batted till the end. Khawaja and Smith could not quite get going but there was nothing much required out of them.

34.5
4
Ur Rahman to G Maxwell, FOUR! Up and over! So easy, isn't it? Maxwell arrives and he finishes the game! A flatter one outside off, Glenn does not need a sighter and just smashes the first ball he faces over mid off and to the boundary. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND COMPLETE THIS CHASE WITH MORE THAN 15 OVERS LEFT! The world champions are off to the perfect start in the World Cup.

Glenn Maxwell comes in at number five with 3 runs required!

34.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Smith, OUT! A wicket when the match is about to end. Tossed up outside off, Smith reaches out to drive but gets a thick outside edge which flies straight in the lap of Hazrat Zazai at short third man. Smith is not happy with himself while Afghanistan manage a smile.
34.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Smith, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
34.2
1
Ur Rahman to D Warner, On middle, punched down to long on for a single.
34.1
0
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Full on off, pushed back to the bowler. It was almost a return catch but the ball did not carry.
33.6
1
R Khan to D Warner, Warner works this off the pads to deep mid-wicket and picks up a single. He moves on to 88 and keeps strike for the next over.
33.5
0
R Khan to D Warner, A flick-pull kind of a shot from Warner that goes straight to the fielder on the leg side.
33.4
1
R Khan to S Smith, Driven past the left of the bowler by Smith for a single. The Aussies are content to do it by running runs here.
33.3
1
R Khan to D Warner, Warner punches this one back down the ground for a single.
33.2
2
R Khan to D Warner, Warner tucks this off the pads towards deep backward square leg. Comes back for the second run and completes it with ease.
33.1
0
R Khan to D Warner, Bowled quicker and flatter on off, Warner comes ahead and defends the ball on the front foot towards the bowler.

Rashid Khan to have another go.

32.6
1
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Bowled flatter on middle again, Warner drives this past the right of the bowler for a run and retains strike for the next over. The required runs are now in single digits!
32.5
1
Ur Rahman to S Smith, Worked away on the leg side for a run by SS.
32.4
2
Ur Rahman to S Smith, Smith eases this one on middle towards mid-wicket and gets a couple of runs. There is an overthrow but Smith is content with two there.
32.3
1
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Tucked away past mid-wicket, this time for just a run.
32.2
2
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Bowled flatter on the pads, flicked away through mid-wicket by Warner. Warner pushes and forces Smith to run back to the bowler's end for the second as well. The throw though does not come fortunately for the Aussies. Excellent running!
32.1
1
Ur Rahman to S Smith, Punched back down the ground to long off for a single by Smith.
31.6
1
D Zadran to S Smith, Pulled away to deep backward square leg for a run by Steve.
31.5
0
D Zadran to S Smith, Good bouncer! On the middle stump line, Smith ducks under this one and lets the ball go.
31.4
0
D Zadran to S Smith, Good line just outside off, pushed on the front foot towards mid-wicket.
31.3
1
D Zadran to D Warner, Bowled on a length on middle, Warner pats it on the off side and runs through for a quick single. Makes the ground easily even as the cover fielder has a shy at the bowler's end which eventually missed the stumps.
31.2
1
D Zadran to S Smith, Short of a length on middle, pulled away to deep square leg for a run by Smith.
31.1
0
D Zadran to S Smith, Bowled on a length outside off, Smith looks to flick it away but the ball goes off the inside edge onto the pads and then rolls just beside the surface on the leg side.
30.6
1
Ur Rahman to S Smith, Tossed up delivery on middle, Smith flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. Australia need just 20 runs to win the match.
30.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Smith, Flighted delivery on middle, Smith defends it off the back foot.
30.4
4
Ur Rahman to S Smith, FOUR! Tossed up outside off, Smith looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
30.3
1
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Full on off, Warner drives it to long off for a single.
30.2
0
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Flighted delivery on middle, Warner defends it out.
30.1
2
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Tossed up on middle, Warner nudges it towards square leg. The batsmen get two runs.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back into the attack.

29.6
1
D Zadran to D Warner, Length delivery outside off, Warner plays it towards point and takes a quick single.
29.5
0
D Zadran to D Warner, Length delivery on middle, David nudges it to leg side.
29.4
4
D Zadran to D Warner, FOUR! Nice shot. Full on off, Warner lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
29.3
2
D Zadran to D Warner, Full and outside off, Warner drives it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
29.2
0
D Zadran to D Warner, Good length delivery on off, Warner defends it out.
29.1
2
D Zadran to D Warner, RUN OUT MISSED! Length delivery on middle, Warner nudges it towards square leg. The batsmen take the single and then run blind for the second. Rashid Khan goes for a direct hit at the bowler's end but misses it. Now, Hazrat Zazai comes running in from mid off but unfortunately for him, the bowler is standing in the way. So he cannot quite be at the stumps and takes it from far. The bowler is not happy, neither is Rashid but that was not Zazai's mistake. Smith was gone by a couple of yards.

Dawlat Zadran returns. 5-0-20-0 so far.

28.6
1
R Khan to D Warner, Tossed up on off, David plays it towards point for a single.
28.5
1
R Khan to S Smith, Flighted delivery on middle, Smith flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
28.4
1
R Khan to D Warner, Floated on off, Warner guides it towards third man for a single.