ICC World Cup: Australia run riot, thrash Afghanistan by 275 runs

Mar 04, 2015, 15:54 IST | A Correspondent

Australia made mincemeat of an inexperienced Afghanistan bowling attack to win by 275 runs after piling up a tournament record 417 for six in a league match of the World Cup

Perth: David Warner made mincemeat of an inexperienced Afghanistan bowling attack with a magnificent 178 as hosts Australia thrashed Afghanistan by 275 runs after piling up a tournament record 417 for six in a group league match of the cricket World Cup here today.

Batting first, Australia surpassed India's 413 for five against Bermuda in 2007.

Afghanistan were never in the match as they were bundled out for 142 in 37.3 overs a few days after their initial high following the Scotland victory.

The 275-run victory is Australia's biggest while batting first in ODI history. With this win, Michael Clarke-led Australia registered their second victory in the tournament, while the Afghans succembed to their third loss in four matches.

David Warner

David Warner. Pic/ AFP

The pace and bounce extracted by Mitchell Johnson (4/22) was too much for the Afghans to handle as Australia went into the match with business like precision after their one-wicket defeat to New Zealand in a low-scoring tie.

Mitchell Starc (2/18) and Josh Hazlewood (2/25) were also impressive while skipper Michael Clarke also rolled his arm over for five overs and got a wicket in the process.

For Afghanistan, Nawroj Mangal (33) hit two huge sixes off Mitchell Marsh before Aaron Finch's brilliant catch off Johnson ended his stay.

Earlier, courtesy Warner's career-best innings off 133 balls and an attractive 95 off 98 deliveries from Steven Smith, Australia dominated with the duo adding a record 260 runs for the second-wicket partnership.

Warner fell just short of the record individual total for his country in a one-day international at the WACA on Wednesday.

But Warner's 178 is the highest score by an Australian in World Cup history.

Warner, who was given a life on 114, eventually fell for 178, leaving him seven short of Shane Watson's record of 185 not out against Bangladesh.

While Warner's fourth ODI hundred was studded with 19 boundaries and five sixes, Smith's innings had eight boundaries and a six.

The stage was then set for Glenn Maxwell to give the final flourish with a scintillating 88 off only 39 balls, joining the run feast by sending the bowlers on a leather hunt. There were 14 sixes in all in the innings.

Maxwell hit six boundaries and seven sixes in his brief innings that was high on entertainment quotient.

After a disappointing batting show against New Zealand, the Australian team needed a run feast and Warner, Smith and Maxwell provided the sizable crowd enough entertainment. 

Maxwell played some amazing reverse flicks along with old fashioned thwacks over extra cover and deep fine leg to
completely deflate the Afghan attack. 

Brief scores: Australia 417/6 in 50 overs (David Warner 178, Steven Smith 95, Glenn Maxwell 88; Shapoor Zadran 2/89, Dawlat Zadran 2/101) beat Afghanistan 142 in 37.3 overs (Nawroz Mangal 33; Mitchell Johnson 4/22, Mitchell Starc 2/18, Josh Hazzlewood 2/25).

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