World Cup 2019 Live Score: Australia defeat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

06:53 PM | 1 Jun, 2019
World Cup 2019 Live Score: Australia defeat Afghanistan by 7 wickets
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BRISTOL - Australia defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets in a smooth sailing victory on Saturday in the ongoing Cricket World CUp 2019.

Afghanistan set a target of 208 runs against Australia at the county ground, after being bowled out in 39th over.

In response, Aussies clinched the target in 35th over with 7 wickets in hand; David Warner was declared Man of the Match as he scored 89 off 114 balls while Aaron Finch contributed 66 to the total.

On the other hand, Najibullah Zadran had scored 51 runs in the first innings of Afghanistan; Rahmat Shah managed to score 43 runs.

Rank outsiders Afghanistan's strength lies in their spin bowling rather than batting, with the team dismissed for just 160 by tournament hosts England in a warm-up match on Monday.

Australia boast an impressive pace attack but that did not stop Gulbadin opting to bat first, with the captain explaining he wanted to give his spinners a target to defend.

"It looks quite a good, flat wicket," he said at the toss.

"We have three spinners in the side and we want to put a score on the board for them. Morale is high and hopefully we can start well."

As expected former Australia captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner were both included for their first full major international match since they completed year-long bans imposed after a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Warner was passed fit to play after recovering from a sore glute.

Australia preferred Usman Khawaja to fellow batsman Shaun Marsh, with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell included in their XI.

"I'd have batted first too," said Australia captain Aaron Finch. "Hopefully we can find some movement early on and get wickets."

Teams

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wkt), Hazrat Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujib Ur Rahman, Hamid Hasan

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wkt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa