ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 26th Match: Warner pulverises Afghanistan

Warner celebrates after scoring his fourth ODI century

Warner celebrates after scoring his fourth ODI century

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Australia opener David Warner hammered a career-best 178 as the Baggy Greens pulverised Afghanistan by 275 runs in Perth.

Warner was well supported by batsman Steven Smith, who scored 95, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who smashed 88 and left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, who took four wickets.

Despite getting Aaron Finch out early, Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi would not have been pleased with his decision to bowl first.

This is due to the fact that Warner and Smith amassed a 260-run partnership after Finch had been dismissed.

During the partnership, Warner brought up his fourth ODI century and Smith his half-century, before Warner was caught by Nabi at mid-on off the bowling of Shapoor Zadran.

Warner’s career-best knock of 178 came off 133 balls and included 19 boundaries and five sixes.

Smith and Maxwell kept the runs flowing with a 65-run partnership before Smith was caught by Najibullah Zadran at mid-off off the bowling of Shapoor Zadran.

Smith’s brilliant innings of 95 came off 98 deliveries and included eight boundaries and a six.

Smith raises his bat after bringing up his half-century

Smith raises his bat after bringing up his half-century

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James Faulkner scored seven runs before he was clean bowled by Hamid Hassan.

Maxwell went on to score 88 off just 39 balls, which included six boundaries and seven sixes, before he was caught by Nabi at extra cover off the bowling of Dawlat Zadran.

Maxwell walloped six boundaries and seven sixes during his innings of 88

Maxwell walloped six boundaries and seven sixes during his innings of 88

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Mitchell Marsh only made eight runs before he was caught by Najibullah Zadran at deep midwicket off the bowling of Nawroz Mangal.

Thanks to Warner, Smith and Maxwell, Australia finished on 417/6 off their 50 overs.

Dawlat Zadran and Shapoor Zadran picked up two wickets apiece, while Hassan and Mangal chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 418 to win, Afghanistan never got out of the starting blocks as they struggled to keep up with the required run rate.

In fact, Mangal was the only batsman to put up some sort of fight as he scored 33 runs before he was caught by Finch off the bowling of Johnson.

Other than Mangal, none of the other Afghanistan batsmen passed the 30-run mark and they were subsequently bowled out for a dismal 142.

Johnson was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc snapped up two wickets apiece and Maxwell and captain Michael Clarke claimed one wicket each.

Johnson finished with figures of 4-22 off 7.3 overs

Johnson finished with figures of 4-22 off 7.3 overs

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Nabi was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “They played very well. Especially their batsmen. Especially Warner, Smith and Maxwell. And their bowlers are the world’s fastest, especially on the WACA pitch.”

Clarke was pleased to have won, and said: “Very good win. Outstanding with the bat. Davey Warner exceptional. Steve Smith beautiful. Glenn Maxwell fantastic. It was about 11 overs to go and I sent Maxi in ahead of me, with our highest WC score opportunity. I was looking to bat at 4, but it was best for the team. The way Maxi and the boys batted showed I did the right thing. Good to see James back. His bowling was outstanding. He will be there for the game against Sri Lanka. The selectors thought this was the best XI for these conditions. We will see what is the best XI for Sri Lanka. That’s the good thing about our selectors, they are selecting the XI based on the conditions and the opposition. Whatever XI they give me on Sunday, I will try to get the best out of them.”

Warner was named Man of the Match, and said: “Most importantly we won so fantastic. Great to see other boys get amongst the runs. Reminded us of the Ashes. Quite humid. Their second spells were very good. They executed yorkers really well. The boys were surprised at how quick that fella [Hassan] bowled.”

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