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

commentary

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.
28.3
0
R Khan to D Warner, Flighted delivery on middle, Warner drives it straight back towards Rashid who does well to stop it.
28.2
1
R Khan to S Smith, Tossed up on off, Smith drives it towards wide mid off for a single.
28.1
1
R Khan to D Warner, Short on off, Warner makes room and cuts it towards point for a single.
27.6
0
H Hassan to S Smith, Another forward defense to end the over.
27.5
0
H Hassan to S Smith, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
27.4
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Huge shout for LBW, turned down. Pitched outside leg, Warner misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Hamid appeals but the umpire moves away. A leg bye taken.
27.3
1
H Hassan to S Smith, Outside off, punched on the up through the covers for a single.
27.2
0
H Hassan to S Smith, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
27.1
0
H Hassan to S Smith, Good length ball outside off, defended watchfully.
26.6
1
R Khan to S Smith, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
26.5
1
R Khan to D Warner, NOT OUT! It is indeed glove. Warner attempting the reverse sweep missed the ball and got it down to third man. Flighted delivery on off, Warner looks to play the reverse sweep but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Shahzad clearly indicates gloves but Rashid insists on a second look and Gulbadin goes for the review. Ultra Edge shows that it clearly came off the glove. Waste of the review.

Loud shout for an LBW! Warner is the man in question. He has not been given out. Shahzad indicates gloves. But Rashid insists on the review and Naib takes it. Looks to be glove and this will be a loss of a review for Afghanistan...

26.4
1
R Khan to S Smith, Short and outside off, Smith slaps it through covers for a single.
26.3
0
R Khan to S Smith, Flighted delivery on middle, Smith defends it out.
26.2
0
R Khan to S Smith, Tossed up on middle, Smith defends it off the front foot.
26.1
1
R Khan to D Warner, Outside off, Warner punches it through the covers but Gulbadin Naib throws himself to his left and parries it wide of the bowler. A single taken.
25.6
0
H Hassan to S Smith, Excellent yorker around off, pushed back to the bowler.
25.5
1
H Hassan to D Warner, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
25.4
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Around middle and off, pushed towards cover.
25.3
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
25.2
1
H Hassan to S Smith, Outside off, on a length, punched through the covers to get off the mark with a single.
25.2
0
H Hassan to S Smith, WIDE. Gets across his stumps and lets it go down the leg side.
25.1
1
H Hassan to D Warner, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.

Steven Smith walks in at number 4, replacing Khawaja. Hamid Hassan is back on as well. 4-2-10-0 so far.

24.6
0
R Khan to U Khawaja, OUT! Rashid Khan gets his first wicket. Bowls a slider on middle, Khawaja looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals and the umpire raises his finger. Usman Khawaja has a chat with Warner but does not go for the review. Hawk Eye shows that impact is in line and it is hitting the middle stump. 6 runs and a wicket from the over.
24.5
0
R Khan to U Khawaja, Flighted delivery on off, Khawaja plays a reverse sweep to point.
24.4
1
R Khan to D Warner, Tossed up on off, Warner drives it through covers for a single.
24.3
4
R Khan to D Warner, FOUR! Short and down the leg side, Warner pulls it past short fine leg!
24.2
0
R Khan to D Warner, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
24.1
1
R Khan to U Khawaja, Full and outside off, pushed through cover for a single.
23.6
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Flighted delivery on off, David defends it off the front foot. Just 2 runs have come from the over.
23.5
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Tossed up on off, David plays it to point.
23.4
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Floated delivery on off, David defends it off the front foot.
23.3
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Tossed up on off, Warner defends it out.
23.2
1
M Nabi to U Khawaja, Flighted delivery on middle, Khawaja flicks it towards square leg for a run. 150 up for Australia.
23.1
1
M Nabi to D Warner, Short on middle, Warner makes room and plays it towards wide mid off for a run.
22.6
0
R Khan to U Khawaja, Flatter on the pads, turned towards square leg by the southpaw.
22.5
0
R Khan to U Khawaja, Another defensive stroke from Usman as he defends the ball from the crease.
22.4
0
R Khan to U Khawaja, Punched off the back foot back to the bowler.
22.3
1
R Khan to D Warner, Flatter on middle, driven through mid on for a single.
22.2
4
R Khan to D Warner, FOUR! Cut and cut hard. Warner picks up the boundary and also reaches his FIFTY! His 18th in ODIs. He has not been his fluent best but this innings will give him a lot of confidence. He cuts this short ball outside off, past point for a boundary to reach the landmark.
22.1
1
R Khan to U Khawaja, Khawaja flicks this ball on the pads away to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Rashid Khan comes back on.

21.6
1
M Nabi to U Khawaja, Pushed away to deep cover for a single. Usman retains strike for the next over.
21.5
0
M Nabi to U Khawaja, Khawaja comes well ahead to this flighted ball and defends it back to the bowler.
21.4
4
M Nabi to U Khawaja, FOUR! Lovely shot. Smart as well. Flatter on the pads, Usman pulls this one away. Khawaja finds the boundary rope as well.
21.3
1
M Nabi to D Warner, Flatter on middle, turned towards mid-wicket for a single by Warner.
21.2
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Warner rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball on the off side.
21.1
1
M Nabi to U Khawaja, Pushed with soft hands past extra-cover for a single by UK.
21.1
0
M Nabi to U Khawaja, FIVE WIDES! Second one in recent overs! Bowled flatter and down the leg side, Khawaja cannot put bat on ball and neither can Shahzad reach the ball. It goes for five wides.
20.6
2
G Naib to D Warner, Not much use of the FREE HIT! A short length ball on middle, Warner looks to pull this away but the ball goes off the top edge and wide of mid on who runs backward to try and take the catch. The ball though lands away from the fielder and two runs are taken.

FREE HIT CONTINUES...

20.6
0
G Naib to D Warner, Wide! Naib bowls this one really full and wide outside the tramline outside off. It is wided and the Free Hit continues.

FREE HIT COMING UP...

20.6
0
G Naib to D Warner, NO BALL! Gulbadin Naib oversteps. Things going from bad to worse for Afghanistan. This ball is on a length on off and is defended back towards the bowler.
20.5
2
G Naib to D Warner, Fuller length ball outside off, driven away wide of cover this time by David. The ball pinged off the middle of the bat. Two runs taken.
20.4
4
G Naib to D Warner, FOUR! The quick hands of Warner come to play. A short ball outside off, Warner pounces on that one and cuts it away through point. The ball beats third man easily and goes to the fence.
20.3
0
G Naib to D Warner, Slower one on middle, Warner defends the ball back to the bowler.
20.2
1
G Naib to U Khawaja, Flicked away to the left of mid on for a single this time by UK.
20.1
2
G Naib to U Khawaja, Fuller ball from around the wicket on middle, flicked away through mid-wicket by Khawaja for a couple of runs.
19.6
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Flighted delivery on off, David defends it off the front foot.
19.5
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Tossed up on middle, Warner defends it off the back foot.
19.4
1
M Nabi to U Khawaja, Floated delivery on off, Usman plays it towards point for a single.
19.4
0
M Nabi to U Khawaja, FIVE WIDES! Very poor keeping by Shahzad. Bowls it wide outside off, Khawaja lets it go but Shahzad is way too lazy to even attempt the stop. It goes through him for a boundary.
19.3
1
M Nabi to D Warner, Floated on middle, Warner flicks it towards square leg for a single.
19.2
1
M Nabi to U Khawaja, Flighted delivery on off, Usman plays it towards point for a run.
19.1
0
M Nabi to U Khawaja, Tossed up on off, Khawaja defends it off the front foot.

Mohammad Nabi returns. 3-0-10-0 so far.

18.6
0
G Naib to D Warner, Floated delivery on off, David plays it to point.
18.5
4
G Naib to D Warner, MISFIELD, FOUR! Not the best bit of fielding effort from Zazai. Short delivery on leg, Warner swivels and pulls it through square leg. Hazratullah Zazai runs to his right and gets down to stop it but misses it totally. The ball goes through for a boundary. Shoddy effort. This is one area where Afghanistan have been disappointing today. Fielding. That brings the required number of runs to under 100.
18.4
1
G Naib to U Khawaja, Length delivery outside off, Khawaja dabs it towards third man for a single.
18.3
1
G Naib to D Warner, Short and outside off, Warner cuts it through point. The batsmen cross ends.
18.2
0
G Naib to D Warner, Good length delivery on middle, Warner defends it off the back foot.
18.1
0
G Naib to D Warner, On a length on off, Warner drives it to mid off.

DRINKS BREAK! Australia are well on course to chase this total down and begin their defense on a strong note. Finch continued his great form while Warner has been cautious about his stroke-making. He will probably aim to bat through till the end of the innings.

17.6
0
R Khan to U Khawaja, Flighted delivery on off, Khawaja plays it to point.
17.5
0
R Khan to U Khawaja, Tossed up on off, Khawaja blocks it well.
17.4
1
R Khan to D Warner, Floated delivery on middle, Warner flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
17.3
4
R Khan to D Warner, FOUR! Fractionally short outside off, Warner goes back and runs it down behind short third man. The ball races away.
17.2
0
R Khan to D Warner, Flighted delivery on off, Warner punches it to point.
17.1
0
R Khan to D Warner, Tossed up on off, Warner plays it to covers.
16.6
1
G Naib to D Warner, Length delivery on leg, Warner flicks it through square leg for a single. 4 runs and a wicket from the over. A productive over for Afghanistan.
16.5
0
G Naib to D Warner, Good length delivery on middle, David defends it out.
16.4
0
G Naib to D Warner, Length delivery on off, David plays it to point.
16.3
0
G Naib to D Warner, Good length delivery on middle, Warner defends it off the back foot.
16.3
0
G Naib to D Warner, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Warner looks to flick but misses it.

Usman Khawaja walks out to bat at number 3, replacing his skipper.

16.2
0
G Naib to A Finch, OUT! First breakthrough for Afghanistan. Naib bowls a back of a hand slower one outside off, Finch lofts it over covers but does not get the distance on it. The bat turned in his hands. It goes to Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the deep who takes a comfortable catch. A wicket for Afghanistan at last as the 96-run opening stand is broken.
16.1
2
G Naib to A Finch, Full and outside off, Finch drives it through covers. It goes to Mujeeb in the deep who fumbles and concedes two runs.

Gulbadin Naib brings himself back on now.

15.6
1
R Khan to A Finch, Floated on off, Finch plays it towards point for a single.
15.5
1
R Khan to D Warner, Tossed up on off, Warner cuts it towards covers for a single.
15.4
2
R Khan to D Warner, Short and outside off, Warner slaps it through covers. The batsmen get two runs.
15.3
0
R Khan to D Warner, BEATEN! Bowls a googly outside off, Warner looks to cut but misses it due to the spin on this one.
15.2
1
R Khan to A Finch, Short delivery on middle, Finch pulls it through square leg for a run.
15.1
2
R Khan to A Finch, Short and outside off, Finch makes room and cuts it through point. The batsmen pick up a couple.
14.6
1
M Nabi to A Finch, Bowled slower through the air on the middle stump line, eased away to long on with a straight bat for a single by Finch as he retains strike for the next over. There was a funny moment there as in the attempt to reach that ball, Nabi was holding onto the non-striker.
14.5
1
M Nabi to D Warner, Played with soft hands past the bowler to his left by the southpaw for a run.
14.4
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Slightly flighted outside off, Warner punches this ball but it goes too close to extra-cover. Dot ball.
14.3
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Pushed with soft hands towards cover by Warner this time.
14.2
1
M Nabi to A Finch, Flatter one on middle, pushed away to the left of extra-cover for a run by the skipper.
14.1
1
M Nabi to D Warner, Flatter on middle, pushed away to deep cover for a single by Warner. He thinks of the second as well but it is too close to the fielder.
13.6
1
R Khan to D Warner, Tossed up on off, Warner punches it towards mid off for a single. 14 runs have come from the 14th over. Rashid Khan has been greeted in style.
13.5
0
R Khan to D Warner, Floated on off, Warner defends it off the back foot.
13.4
2
R Khan to D Warner, Short on off, Warner makes room and cuts it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
13.3
1
R Khan to A Finch, Tossed up on leg, Finch looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards fine leg for a run.
13.2
6
R Khan to A Finch, SIX! This is even better. Short on middle, Finch pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
13.1
4
R Khan to A Finch, FOUR! Easy pickings for the skipper. 50 up for Aaron Finch. It is his 22nd fifty. This has been a great innings from him. Short and outside off, Finch cuts it through point for a boundary and gets to the landmark. 5th 50-plus score for him in the last 6 ODI innings.

Rashid Khan is into the attack.

12.6
1
M Nabi to A Finch, Finch picks up another single to end the over. He will retain strike for the next one.
12.5
1
M Nabi to D Warner, Warner flicks this away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
12.4
0
M Nabi to D Warner, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
12.3
0
M Nabi to D Warner, Bowled flatter on leg and going down with the angle. Warner misses the flick and gets hit low on the pads outside the line of the stumps.
12.2
0
M Nabi to D Warner, NOT OUT! Flatter outside off, Warner wanted to cut the ball away but it goes off the bottom edge and towards the keeper. David did not know where the ball was and steps out for a run before realising the ball was close to Shahzad only. The keeper picks up the ball and disturbs the timber. Loud appeal from the keeper and it is taken up for the third umpire to make a decision. The replays though show that Mohammad was just too slow there to remove the stumps. Warner survives, he would have had his heart in his mouth there. Would have also been a terrible way to be dismissed.

Huge confusion! Warner did not know where the ball was and had stepped out. Shahzad has removed the bails but was the batsman in just in time? Lets see what the replays say!

12.1
1
M Nabi to A Finch, Flatter outside off, eased away to deep cover for a run by Finch.
11.6
0
G Naib to D Warner, Flicked towards mid-wicket by Warner. He yells out a loud no this time.
11.5
0
G Naib to D Warner, Punched off the back foot towards mid on by the southpaw. Loud 'WAIT ON' follows.
11.4
1
G Naib to A Finch, Punched firmly this time to deep cover for a single by Aaron.
11.3
6
G Naib to A Finch, SIX! Finch is on fire! A short ball outisde off at 122 kph! The Aussie skipper prowls onto that like a hungry tiger. He slaps this ball hard over deep mid-wicket and clears the boundary with ease.
11.2
0
G Naib to A Finch, Pushed off the back foot towards mid on by Finch. The ball went quickly to the fielder and hence a single cannot be taken.
11.1
1
G Naib to D Warner, Good length outside off, punched away to deep cover by Warner coming ahead. A single is picked up.
10.6
0
M Nabi to A Finch, Flatter outside off, Finch goes back in the crease and punches this ball towards extra-cover. 3 runs off Nabi's first over.
10.5
0
M Nabi to A Finch, Pushed towards mid off by Aaron.
10.4
0
M Nabi to A Finch, Finch comes ahead and defends this ball with soft hands.
10.3
0
M Nabi to A Finch, Flatter outside off, pushed with soft hands towards backward point by AF.
10.2
2
M Nabi to A Finch, Shorter outside off, dabbed down past short third man for a couple of runs by the Australian skipper.
10.1
1
M Nabi to D Warner, Flatter outside off, pushed towards cover by Warner for a single. The throw from cover is a wild one and the mid on fielder cannot back up but there is another fielder in the deep who stops the ball and prevents the extra run or overthrow.

Powerplay 2 time! Four fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the 40th over now. Meanwhile, time for spin again. Mohammad Nabi comes on to bowl.

9.6
0
G Naib to A Finch, Good length delivery on off, Aaron plays it to covers. Just 1 run from the over. Australia are 55/0 after 10 overs. It has been a strong Powerplay 1 for them.
9.5
0
G Naib to A Finch, Length delivery on off, Finch plays it to mid off.
9.4
1
G Naib to D Warner, Length delivery on middle, Warner flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
9.3
0
G Naib to D Warner, On a good length on off, David defends it off the front foot.
9.2
0
G Naib to D Warner, Length delivery on off, Warner plays it to covers.
9.1
0
G Naib to D Warner, Short of a length outside off, Warner stays inside the crease and defends this ball.

The skipper comes on now. Gulbadin Naib to bowl his military medium pace.

8.6
4
D Zadran to A Finch, FOUR! Four dots in the over and concedes two boundaries. Full on off, Finch drives it through covers for a boundary. 10 runs have come from the over.
8.5
0
D Zadran to A Finch, On a good length on middle, Aaron defends it out.
8.4
0
D Zadran to A Finch, Length delivery on off, Finch punches it to mid off.
8.3
6
D Zadran to A Finch, SIX! Powerful shot from the skipper. 50 up for Australia and that also brings the 50-run stand between David Warner and Aaron Finch. Short delivery, Finch pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
8.2
0
D Zadran to A Finch, Full on middle, Finch drives it to mid on where the fielder makes a fine stop with a dive.
8.1
0
D Zadran to A Finch, On a good length on leg, Finch looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
7.6
0
H Hassan to D Warner, On a good length on off, Warner plays it to covers. Maiden over from Hamid Hassan. His second.
7.5
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Length delivery on off, David plays it to point.
7.4
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Full toss outside off, Warner drives it to mid off.
7.3
0
H Hassan to D Warner, On a good length and just outside off, Warner leaves it alone.
7.2
0
H Hassan to D Warner, David gets right behind the line of the ball before defending it well.
7.1
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Back of a length outside off, Warner looks to slam it away but the ball goes off the inside half towards mid off.
6.6
0
D Zadran to A Finch, On a good length on off, Finch defends it out.
6.5
2
D Zadran to A Finch, On a length on leg, Finch flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
6.5
0
D Zadran to A Finch, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer, Finch lets it sail through to the keeper.
6.4
1
D Zadran to D Warner, Dawlat bowls a short delivery, Warner looks to pull but gets a bottom edge on this one. It goes towards third man for a single.
6.3
0
D Zadran to D Warner, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
6.2
0
D Zadran to D Warner, Outside off, again, pushed once more to cover.
6.1
0
D Zadran to D Warner, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
5.6
0
H Hassan to A Finch, Outside off, pushed towards point.
5.5
0
H Hassan to A Finch, A short ball outside off, Finch looks to tuck it away but misses and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Looks to be in pain.
5.4
0
H Hassan to A Finch, Huge shout for a caught behind! Turned down. Hit the thigh. This is good stuff from Hamid Hassan. On a good length on middle, Finch looks to flick but misses it. It goes towards Shahzad who appeals for a catch but the umpire shakes his head.
5.3
1
H Hassan to D Warner, On a good length on off, Warner plays it towards point for a single.
5.2
0
H Hassan to D Warner, On a good length and outside off, Warner shoulders his arms to this one.
5.1
4
H Hassan to D Warner, EDGE AND FOUR! That was a good ball from Hamid Hassan. He bowls it on a good length and outside off, Warner looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards first slip where Rahmat Shah tries to stop it with a dive but it goes through him towards third man for a boundary.
4.6
0
D Zadran to A Finch, Back of a length outside off to end the over, Finch punches this ball to covers. 6 runs off the first Dawlat over.
4.5
1
D Zadran to D Warner, On the hips, tucked away through mid-wicket by the left-hander for a single.
4.4
0
D Zadran to D Warner, A length ball outside off, it is played towards point by Warner.
4.3
0
D Zadran to D Warner, Another one outside off, left alone by the southpaw again.
4.2
0
D Zadran to D Warner, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
4.1
4
D Zadran to D Warner, FOUR! Warner does open up and how! A short length ball on the Free Hit and David just slaps this with a flat bat across the line. The ball goes over the bowler's head and powers its way to the rope. That must make Warner feel a lot better as it came off the middle of the bat.

FREE HIT TIME! Will Warner open up here?

4.1
0
D Zadran to D Warner, No ball! Dawlat bowls this on a length outside off and it is left alone by the southpaw. Unfortunately for the bowler, he has overstepped and it will be a no ball.

Dawlat Zadran is the first bowling change for Afghanistan. He replaces Mujeeb.

3.6
4
H Hassan to A Finch, Edged and FOUR! Lucky runs for Finch but he will not mind. A wide ball outside off, Finch slashes away from the body. He gets a thick outside edge which flies well past slip and runs away fine of third man for a boundary.
3.5
0
H Hassan to A Finch, This keeps a tad bit low after being bowled outside off on a short length. Finch though somehow keeps the ball out off the back foot.
3.4
0
H Hassan to A Finch, Bowled on the pads this time, Finch does not put bat on ball as he tries to flick this away. It goes on the pads and falls down on the surface.
3.3
0
H Hassan to A Finch, Good ball! Bowled at 144 clicks outside off, Finch looks to punch off the back foot but the away movement takes the ball past the outside edge.
3.2
0
H Hassan to A Finch, Really full ball on off, dug out back to the bowler by Finch.
3.1
1
H Hassan to D Warner, Misfield allows for a single. A fuller ball outside off, Warner drives this hard to mid off who runs to his left and makes a half-stop. Single taken.
2.6
4
Ur Rahman to A Finch, FOUR! Poor ball and easy pickings for Finch. Bowled on the pads, Aaron easily glances this one past short fine leg. The ball runs away to the boundary. 14 from the over, Mujeeb has gone for 24 in his 2 overs so far. Time to end the experiment?
2.5
3
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Excellent running! Flatter outside off, punched off the back foot by Warner wide of cover. Naib there dives but could not stop the ball. The fielder from mid off, Dawlat chases the ball and saves a run for his side.
2.4
1
Ur Rahman to A Finch, Finch looks for another slog but this time the ball goes off the inner half towards deep square leg for a single. Aaron wanted the second run but Warner sends him back.
2.3
0
Ur Rahman to A Finch, Shortens the length this time outside off, Finch chops this ball straight to the point fielder.
2.2
6
Ur Rahman to A Finch, SIX! Finch seems in murderous mood here. A flighted ball on middle, Aaron gets under the ball and lifts it with ease over long on. Huge! This is the first one of the run chase.
2.1
0
Ur Rahman to A Finch, Flatter outside off, cut by Finch towards backward point.
1.6
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Another good ball on off and it is punched to point by David. 6 dot balls, that is, a maiden! Lovely over from Hassan.
1.5
0
H Hassan to D Warner, WAIT ON! WAIT ON! Warner pushes this back of a length ball on off towards cover-point and yells that loudly to his partner.
1.4
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Left alone outside off once more by the southpaw.
1.3
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Another one on a length outside off, Warner pushes this towards cover.
1.2
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Good line again! Close to the off stump and moves away. Warner initially wanted to defend that one but then lets it go.
1.1
0
H Hassan to D Warner, Good ball to start! A length ball outside off, swings away. Warner wants to feel that ball on bat but it goes past his outside edge.

Hamid Hassan to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
Ur Rahman to A Finch, Pushed off front foot towards mid off by AF to end the over.
0.5
0
Ur Rahman to A Finch, A watchful defense this time by Finch coming ahead.
0.4
4
Ur Rahman to A Finch, FOUR! This goes over the head of mid off and to the fence. This is flighted outside off and Finch has room to free his arms and hit this ball. It clears mid off with ease and races to the fence. Australia into double figures.
0.3
4
Ur Rahman to A Finch, FOUR! Finch smashes this one. A flighted ball wide outside off, Aaron smacks this away wide of mid off. The ball runs away to the fence with brilliant timing. The first boundary of the run chase.
0.2
1
Ur Rahman to D Warner, Slightly slower through the air this time on the pads, Warner gets off the mark too as he tucks this ball away through mid-wicket for a run.
0.1
1
Ur Rahman to A Finch, Fired in on the pads at 94 kph! Flicked away through square leg by Finch to deep mid-wicket and he gets off the mark with a single.

We are back for the chase. The Afghanistan team is seen on the sidelines in a team talk while they await the Australian openers who then trot in. Aaron Finch and David Warner it will be. Can these two show us some fireworks like how they did when they lit up the last World Cup? They will be up against the spin of Mujeeb Ur Rahman first. 208 to win, who will win? Lets play!!!