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Cricket World Cup 2019 | Afghanistan Pledge to Learn From Australia Drubbing

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said his side would learn from their seven-wicket humbling by Australia on Saturday as they seek to regroup for the rest of their World Cup campaign.

AFP |June 2, 2019, 2:50 AM IST
Cricket World Cup 2019 | Afghanistan Pledge to Learn From Australia Drubbing

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said his side would learn from their seven-wicket humbling by Australia on Saturday as they seek to regroup for the rest of their World Cup campaign.

"Definitely, we can play against these kind of teams, so you should take positive things from them," the Naib said.

The rank outsiders at the tournament in England and Wales had a terrible start against the defending champions in Bristol, slumping to five for two, with both openers out for nought.

They fought back bravely, with 43 from Rahmat Shah and 51 from Najibullah Zadran, but were still dismissed for 207 with more than 11 overs to spare.

Australia romped to victory in the 35th over of their innings, David Warner top-scoring with 89 not out.

Naib said his side did not get the momentum they needed at the start of the innings because they lost early wickets, saying they could not afford to cede the initiative against strong sides.

"Obviously, we have a tough match upcoming. Every team, especially for us, is a tough team, so we are just waiting for our turn," Naib quipped.

"These kind of teams, they don't give you a single chance but they are coming really hard. We just look and we just take a positive thing from today."

Naib welcomed the vocal support for the Afghan team from the crowd, who booed and jeered both Warner and Steve Smith on their return to official international cricket after ball-tampering bans.

"Obviously, if you have this kind of audience and they are supporting you and you know they are on your side you take a lot of positive things," the skipper added.

"So the crowd all support Afghanistan and there was a huge number of Afghans in the crowd there, so it gave a lot of energy on the ground for the boys."

Zadran said the morale of Afghanistan, playing just their second World Cup, remained intact despite this heavy defeat as they looked forward to their second match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

"We will take some positive thinking," said Zadran. "We are a good side and we have an opportunity to beat any side in the world so, inshallah (God willing), we will come back strongly."

He added he still hoped Afghanistan could reach the semi-finals, in a tournament in which all 10 teams play each other to determine the last four.

"We are a good side, we have good spinners and a lot of matches remaining."

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
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