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Afghanistan vs Australia, ICC World Cup 2019 Cricket Match at Bristol: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | June 2, 2019, 8:32 AM IST

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AFG vs AUS Cricket Scorecard (ODI)

Match 4 ODI, County Ground, Bristol, 01 June, 2019

Afghanistan

207/10

(38.2) RR 5.4

v/s
Australia

209/3

(34.5) RR 6

Australia beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

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  • 23:51 (IST)

    The Big Show comes in and says, enough of your singles, I want to get out of here! Mujeeb pitches it fuller and Glenn Maxwell clobbers it over mid-off for a one-bounce four to signal the end of the game. Australia win by seven wickets with 91 balls to spare. Warner batted beautifully and ends 89 not out. 

  • 23:48 (IST)

    Well, what would you know, Smith departs with Australia needing three runs. There was width but the ball bounced a tad more than Smith expected and ended up top-edging it straight into the hands of short third man. He goes for 18. 

  • 23:37 (IST)

    Doing it pretty easily these two now. They are getting the singles, doubles and the odd boundary every over. What's interesting to note is that Warner still hasn't cut loose. If there was one drawback of his game before the ban, it was his impatience. Looks like he has overcome that and is ready to grind it out for much longer. Just one lofted shot so far from him. Such control! Smith too is looking really solid. If these aren't ominous signs, no clue what are. Australia 191/2 after 32 overs. 

  • 23:13 (IST)

    OUT! Rashid gets his magic going and Khawaja departs. Hasn't been the best of days with the ball for the ace leggie and this is bound to get him going, Gets a wrong'un on point, Khwaja gets across and is hit right in front of the stumps. The umpire has absolutely no hesitation in raising his finger. Australia 156/2. 

  • 23:08 (IST)

    FIFTY! Warner hasn't looked his fluent self this innings but he certainly is doing the job for the side. He has been determined to grind it out and is reaping the rewards. Reaches his half-century by cutting Rashid wide of point. A few boos from the crowd but that isn't going to deter Warner. Australia well and truly on course. This is slowest fifty of his career and that alone says a lot.

  • 22:39 (IST)

    OUT! Just when I talked Finch up, he holes out to a pretty irresponsible shot. Fails to read a slower delivery from Naib and ends up miscuing a relatively innocuous length delivery straight into the hands of Mujeeb at deep cover. He departs for a well-compiled 49-ball 66. 

  • 22:27 (IST)

    The legspinner starts with a short delivery outside off and Finch slapped it past point to bring up his fifty.

  • 22:13 (IST)

    Naib comes into the attack and he's much slower compared to birthday boy Hassan. It seems like Warner wants to spend time in the middle considering how defensive he has been. Good first over from Naib, just one off it. 10 overs done, Australia are 55 for no loss. 

23:51 (IST)

The Big Show comes in and says, enough of your singles, I want to get out of here! Mujeeb pitches it fuller and Glenn Maxwell clobbers it over mid-off for a one-bounce four to signal the end of the game. Australia win by seven wickets with 91 balls to spare. Warner batted beautifully and ends 89 not out. 

23:48 (IST)

Well, what would you know, Smith departs with Australia needing three runs. There was width but the ball bounced a tad more than Smith expected and ended up top-edging it straight into the hands of short third man. He goes for 18. 

23:46 (IST)

Just four runs to get now. Last over of the chase coming up?

23:45 (IST)

Just four runs to get now. Last over of the chase coming up?

23:43 (IST)

Two braces, four singles makes it eight off that Mujeeb over - 33rd of the innings. Warner is on 84 and Smith on 17 as Australia need just nine more to win the game.

23:37 (IST)

Doing it pretty easily these two now. They are getting the singles, doubles and the odd boundary every over. What's interesting to note is that Warner still hasn't cut loose. If there was one drawback of his game before the ban, it was his impatience. Looks like he has overcome that and is ready to grind it out for much longer. Just one lofted shot so far from him. Such control! Smith too is looking really solid. If these aren't ominous signs, no clue what are. Australia 191/2 after 32 overs. 

23:30 (IST)

Both batsmen are ready to milk the singles. There is absolutely no pressure on them to go for the big shots and they are playing it that way. First collect two singles off the 28th over and then five singles in the next over. Remember these two haven't enjoyed a lot of game time so it's imperative they spend some time in the middle.

23:24 (IST)

Smith ready to be cautious against Rashid, gets a good stride forward and defends well. Loud appeal from Rashid as Warner misses out on a reverse sweep. Naib goes for the review despite Shahzad asking not to. Looks like the keeper was right. There was a bit of glove there. The not out call stands. Australia 164/2 after 27 overs. 

23:16 (IST)

Right, this is going to get interesting. Warner and Smith batting together in an international game for the first time since the infamous ball-tampering incident. The crowd is certainly not making it easy for them. Loud jeers and boos. Let's see how it goes!

23:13 (IST)

OUT! Rashid gets his magic going and Khawaja departs. Hasn't been the best of days with the ball for the ace leggie and this is bound to get him going, Gets a wrong'un on point, Khwaja gets across and is hit right in front of the stumps. The umpire has absolutely no hesitation in raising his finger. Australia 156/2. 

23:08 (IST)

FIFTY! Warner hasn't looked his fluent self this innings but he certainly is doing the job for the side. He has been determined to grind it out and is reaping the rewards. Reaches his half-century by cutting Rashid wide of point. A few boos from the crowd but that isn't going to deter Warner. Australia well and truly on course. This is slowest fifty of his career and that alone says a lot.

23:05 (IST)

These are excellent tactics from Warner. He is back to the Australian fold after a while, knows he has all the time in the world to settle in and spend some time in the middle and is doing so emphatically. Khawaja too has looked mighty impressive in the short stint he has been out in the middle. The duo first collect 13 runs off the 21st over and then follow it up with 12 from Nabi's over. Australia 142/1 after 22 overs.

22:56 (IST)

Ah, a few lapses creeping in Afghanistan's game. Two misfields and that has cost them at least seven runs. Warner flicks Naib down to deep fine leg and what should ideally have been just a single goes for a four with Zazai making a mess of it. The very next over Nabi strays wide of off but 'keeper Shahzad is not quick enough to get across and the ball rolls away for five wides. Australia 117/1 after 20 overs and need less than a 100 to win. 

22:44 (IST)

Warner is really picking Rashid beautifully. He is waiting for the ball to come to him rather than enforcing himself as looking every bit assured. Reads teh googly well and gently dabs it past short third man for a four. Australia are 103/1 after 18 overs. And that will be drinks.

22:39 (IST)

OUT! Just when I talked Finch up, he holes out to a pretty irresponsible shot. Fails to read a slower delivery from Naib and ends up miscuing a relatively innocuous length delivery straight into the hands of Mujeeb at deep cover. He departs for a well-compiled 49-ball 66. 

22:36 (IST)

Both Finch and Warner are in absolutely no rush whatsoever. Milk Nabi for four runs off the 15th over before taking seven runs off Rashid's second over. The thing is that Warner has faced both Nabi and Rashid so much in recent months at the IPL that he is picking both from the hand. Finch has looked pretty assured too and Australi are in absolute cruise control at the moment.

22:27 (IST)

The legspinner starts with a short delivery outside off and Finch slapped it past point to bring up his fifty. The Australian captain doesn't stop there and smokes the next delivery over deep mid-wicket for a six. Finch has now scored over 500 runs in his last six ODI innings.  

22:25 (IST)

Time for Rashid Khan.

22:24 (IST)

Warner survives! He got it off the lower half of the bat and had no clue where the ball was. Warner took off for a single but the ball was pretty close to the stumps and Shahzad did well to remove the bails. Warner however got back inside the line just in time.

22:21 (IST)

Meanwhile, Finch at the other end is going at a decent rate. Naib is constantly taking pace off the ball and Finch read it early this time and dispatched it over cow corner for a maximum. 12 done, Australia are 66 without loss.

22:17 (IST)

Nabi comes into the attack and Warner must have seen enough of him in the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp. Unlike West Indies and New Zealand, Australia doesn't seem to be in rush and are taking their time. 

22:13 (IST)

Naib comes into the attack and he's much slower compared to birthday boy Hassan. It seems like Warner wants to spend time in the middle considering how defensive he has been. Good first over from Naib, just one off it. 10 overs done, Australia are 55 for no loss. 

22:09 (IST)

Shot! Dawlat drops one short to Finch and the opener hammered it outside the park. Finch didn't time it properly but it had enough meat to go past the rope with ease. He then ends the over with a four through the cover region. In the process, Australia have also went past the 50-run mark.

22:06 (IST)

Second maiden over for Hassan. He has kept both Warner and Finch in check and hasn't given them any room to work with. Australia will still be happy with the way things have gone so far. They are 44 for no loss at the end of eight overs.

22:02 (IST)

Despite all the effort from Hassan and Dawlat, Australia are off to a sedate start. There have been a couple of close calls but Afghanistan need some quick wickets to keep themselves in the game.

21:57 (IST)

Hassan is bowling his heart out and would have had Warner in the first delivery if there was a second slip. He is hurrying up Finch as well. 90 mph! What a battle this is turning out to be. Another solid over from the paceman. Australia are 40 for no loss at the end of six overs.

21:52 (IST)

Dawlat Zadran starts his spell with a no ball and Warner slaps him down the ground for his first boundary. Dawlat however made good recovery and conceded only one run in the next five balls.

21:48 (IST)

Hassan is generating good pace here and is hitting the right length. Finch was beaten for pace for a couple of times but did manage a boundary off the edge. Hassan has been impressive so far but he will need some support from the others as well.

21:43 (IST)

Finch is not allowing Mujeeb to settle in. The right-handed opener is targeting the straight boundary and managed to clear the long on fence once. He then ended the over with another four towards fine leg. Three overs done, Australia are 24 for no loss.

21:40 (IST)

Hamid Hassan comes for the second over and is getting the ball to move away from Warner. The medium-pacer gives Warner no room to work with and starts with a maiden over.

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Afghanistan vs Australia, ICC World Cup 2019 Cricket Match at Bristol: As it Happened

Afghanistan vs Australia, Live Score, ICC World Cup 2019, Latest Updates: The Big Show comes in and says, enough of you singles, I want to get out of here! Mujeeb pitches it fuller and Glenn Maxwell clobbers it over mid-off for a one-bounce four to signal the end of the game. Australia win by seven wickets with 91 balls to spare. Warner batted beautifully and ends 89 not out.

Australia vs Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 1 (Saturday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played in Bristol and will begin at 1800 HRS IST.

Preview: Defending champions Australia will look to get off to the perfect start when they take on Afghanistan in their opening game of the 2019 World Cup at the County Ground in Bristol on Saturday. While Afghanistan are no match for Australia on paper, they will take confidence from their win against Pakistan in the warm-up encounter.

Despite peaking at the right time, the Australians will be aware that Afghanistan have the ability to rise to the challenge on the world stage. Even though the batting is a cause for concern for the Afghans, they have quality bowlers in Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi and the duo can trouble the Australian batsmen if the wickets are dry and take turn.

The two put on impressive displays in the game against Pakistan as Nabi picked three wickets and Rashid picked two and Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell has also spoken about how Rashid could be the game-changer for Afghanistan this time round in England.

In the batting department, Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib has Hazratullah Zazai and Hashmatullah Shahidi to bank on as the duo showed great composure against Pakistan to chase down 263 despite the presence of quality bowlers in the Pakistan line-up in the form of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.

For Australia, there will be a problem of plenty if David Warner manages to pass the fitness test on Friday. In that case, Langer will have to look at whether he plays in-form Usman Khawaja at number three or drops him altogether. Coach Justin Langer though has made it clear that Warner gets to play only if he is 100 per cent fit and the team wouldn't wish to take any chance considering the format of the tournament.

The return of Steve Smith also bolsters the middle-order and Australia skipper Aaron Finch will be more than pleased to have his services and experience in the showpiece event.

Australia's bowling already wears a quality look with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa set to play. It will be interesting to see if Australia go in for an additional spinner in Nathan Lyon or go for another pacer in Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Squads: Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (capt), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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