AFG 207 (38.2ov)
AUS 209/3 (34.5ov)
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  • 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...
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    Good night from me...see you tomorrow

  • 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.
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    Next is West Indies for Australia

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    David Warner is the man of the match and he says feel good to be back

  • 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.
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    Finch scored a brisk half-century first and Warner did the rest staying till the end

  • 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.
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    That has been a clinical effort from the defending champions

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    Australia finishes at 209 for 3 in 34.5 overs

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    Australia win by seven wickets and Warner remains unbeaten on 89 (114 balls, 8 fours)

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    FOUR: Maxwell comes in and finished it off with a boundary

  • 34.6UrRahman to GMaxwell

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    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.
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    Big Show must finish it off in one shot

  • Glenn Maxwell comes in at number five with 3 runs required!
  • 34.5UrRahman to SSmith

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    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.
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    Glenn Maxwell comes in with just three runs needed for victory

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    Smith c Hazrat b Mujeeb 18

  • 34.4UrRahman to SSmith

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    Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
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    OUT: Smith goes for a lazy stroke and gets caught off Mujeeb

  • 34.3UrRahman to DWarner

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    On middle, punched down to long on for a single.
  • 34.2UrRahman to DWarner

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    Full on off, pushed back to the bowler. It was almost a return catch but the ball did not carry.
  • 34.1UrRahman to DWarner

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    Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
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    Australia are one stroke from victory can they finish ot off now

  • 33.6RKhan to DWarner

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    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.
  • 33.5RKhan to DWarner

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    A flick-pull kind of a shot from Warner that goes straight to the fielder on the leg side.
  • 33.4RKhan to SSmith

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    Driven past the left of the bowler by Smith for a single. The Aussies are content to do it by running runs here.
  • 33.3RKhan to DWarner

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    Warner punches this one back down the ground for a single.
  • 33.2RKhan to DWarner

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    Warner tucks this off the pads towards deep backward square leg. Comes back for the second run and completes it with ease.
  • 33.1RKhan to DWarner

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    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.
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    Warner is 16 short of 100 but Aussies need only 9 runs

  • 32.6UrRahman to DWarner

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    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!
  • 32.5UrRahman to SSmith

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    Worked away on the leg side for a run by SS.
  • 32.4UrRahman to SSmith

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    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.
  • 32.3UrRahman to DWarner

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    Tucked away past mid-wicket, this time for just a run.
  • 32.2UrRahman to DWarner

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    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!
  • 32.1UrRahman to SSmith

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    Punched back down the ground to long off for a single by Smith.
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    Australia are 191 for 2 after 32 overs

  • 31.6DZadran to SSmith

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    Pulled away to deep backward square leg for a run by Steve.
  • 31.5DZadran to SSmith

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    Good bouncer! On the middle stump line, Smith ducks under this one and lets the ball go.

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