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Aussies Exhibit Power-Packed Performance to Send Afghanistan on the Back Foot

wc trophyNew Delhi, Thursday, March 5 – The powerhouses seem eager to flatten the inexperienced teams in crucial contest of World Cup matches of 2015. And this was proved by the Australians a day ago at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, where they were slated to face Afghanistan in Game 26. The ongoing tournament might not be fetching attention of more populace as expected keeping in mind the audience strengths witnessed in the earlier years but it certainly gives platform to both strong and weak squads to put their best foot forward. It is their choice what to do and what not to do, to stay rock solid in the points table.

Toss was won by Afghanistan and the skipper Mohammad Nabi’s decision to bowl first against Australia was a tad difficult to understand. They haven’t gained much experience in opposition to some of the world’s best cricket teams that could help them change the entire equation of the match, and that too, on such a huge platform. The cricket carnival is grabbing eyeballs due to amazing performance by a few cricketers of different groups. Perhaps Afghanistan was confident of restricting Australia below the mark of 300 but what happened on Wednesday isn’t seen over and over again.  Losing the toss turned fruitful for the Aussies as they got great chance to open hands and play shots which could lend a hand to them to stand out when contesting against strongest teams in the further rounds.

With the run rate of 8.34 per over, the Men In Yellow put a humongous total of 417 runs on the scoreboard after 50 overs despite getting an early jolt given that Aaron Finch (4 runs) was dismissed by Dawlat Zadran on the final ball of 3rd over. But such surprise wasn’t apparent soon since the opener and destructive hitter David Warner and Steven Smith held the fort and played amazing knocks of 178 runs in 133 balls (4 x 19 and 5 x 6) and 95 runs of 98 balls (4 x 8 and 6 x 1), respectively. They both later on succumbed to Shapoor Zadran, who was looking forward to the opportunity to grab some wickets as early as possible. However, their dismissals did not bring any difference to the pace of scoring runs.

The new batsman Glenn Maxwell arrived at 22 yards pitch to shatter Afghanistan and prepare them to make decisions wisely if win toss further in the big tournament. 7 sixes, 6 boundaries and a few singles helped him pocket 88 runs of just 39 balls. James Faulkner, on the other hand, added 7 runs in the teams total in view of the fact that he lost his wicket to Hamid Hassan. Later on Maxwell fell short to Dawlat Zadran. Mitchell Marsh and wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin were the last pair on the crease. The former scored 8 runs of 9 balls, while the latter accumulated 20 runs in 9 balls, together with a couple of boundaries and a six. Marsh was the last man down from Australian side.

Chasing the massive target was absolutely a nightmare for Afghanistan as Javed Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai, Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan were sent back to the pavilion at the scores of 13, 12, 33, 4, 17, 2, 24, 10, 0 and 7, respectively. Shapoor Zadran was unbeaten, got to face 4 balls but scored a zero. All the teammates could only manage to total 142 runs which let the Australian team win the match by 275 runs. David Warner was declared ‘man of the match’.  This recent success made them improve the net run rate and get 5 points in 4 matches. Australia now rank at no. 3 after New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

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