David Warner Guides Australians To 7-Wicket Win Over Afghanistan

Bristol: A clinical display from the Australians, led by David Warner (89* off 114 balls), saw them thrash Afghanistan by seven wickets in their opening game of the 2019 World Cup at the County Ground on Saturday.

Chasing 208 for a win, Australia rode on half-centuries from skipper Aaron Finch and Warner as they emerged victorious with 91 balls to spare.

Afghanistan rode on Zadran’s half-century and Rahmat Shah’s 43 to set a 200-plus target for the defending champions as Pat Cummins (3/40) and Adam Zampa (3/60) rattled the Afghan batting line-up.

The war-torn nation got off to the worst possible start after opting to bat first, losing openers Mohammad Shahzad (0) and Hazratullah Zazai (0) with just five runs on the board before Shah came to his side’s rescue.

With the Afghan batting crumbling, Zadran and captain Gulbadin Naib (31) took the driver’s seat, taking Afghanistan past the three-figure mark in the 26th over.

Brief scores: Australia: 209/3 (David Warner 89 not out, Aaron Finch 66) beat Afghanistan: 207 all out in 38.2 overs (Najibullah Zadran 51, Rahmat Shah 43; Pat Cummins 3/40, Adam Zampa 3/60) by seven wickets.

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