Australia was searching for their 2nd win in this World Cup & they did that comprehensively when they battled against Afghanistan at the WACA, Perth. Afghanistan won the toss and asked Australia to bat first. The story is quite similar with the first match as the minnow team won the toss & decided to bowl, got the first wicket early & then opposition went on to post a huge total. Afghanistan got Finch in the 3rd over but then Warner & Smith played superbly to outplay Afghanistan side.
They added 260 runs for 2nd wicket. Warner was the hero of Aussie innings as he scored 178 off 133 balls with 19 fours & 5 sixes. He missed a well deserved & easy double hundred when he got out, with more than 12 overs were left. Well, he is not the only one who missed a milestion, Steve Smith also got caught out on 95. Maxwell played a breath-taking innings of 88 off just 39 balls with 6 fours & 7 sixes. He not only missed his first ODI hundred but also missed the fastest 100 of World Cup history. With the help of this all round effort by Australia, they posted a huge total of 418 for UAE.
The result was only a formality after such huge total by Australia as they totally crushed the Afghanistan team by 275 runs. They kept loosing wickets at regular intervals & failed even to put a fight. Nawroz Mangal was the highest scorer for Afghanistan with 33 runs. Mitchell Johnson took took 4 wickets and Starc & Hazlewood struck 2-2 batsmen.
Man of the Match – David Warner
Stats of the match –
- David Warner scored his 4th ODI ton.
- 178 – Highest score by an Aussie in world cups. Previous record – Matthew Hayden, 158* vs WI (2007).
- It was also 3rd highest score by an Aussie in overall ODIs after Hayden – 181* vs NZ (2007) & Watson – 185* vs Bang (2011).
- Maxwell scored fifty in 21 balls which is jointly 3rd fastest fifty in world cup history with McCullum.
- 417/6 – It was the highest team score in ODI history. Previous Record – 413 vs Bermuda (2007). It was overall 4th 400+ score in world cups and 3rd in this edition.
- It was the 4th 400+ score in 2015 which is joint most in a year as in 2006 also there were 4 such scores.
- It was only 2nd time that 3 bowlers gave 80+ runs in an ODI innings after South Africa vs Australia (2006).
- Australia defeated Afghanistan by 275 runs which is largest in win by runs in World Cup history and second highest overall after 290 runs win by New Zealand vs Ireland (2008).