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Match Day

541dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

Warner 178 loads it up, Maxwell 88 blows it up

David Warner cruised to 178, Steven Smith collected 95 and Glenn Maxwell clobbered 88 to propel Australia to a World Cup record 417 for 8 in Perth, paving the way for a 275-run win, the second largest in ODI history

541dAbhishek Purohit in Perth

Afghanistan spark but fail to ignite

Afghanistan's bowlers showed potential with a few good overs but the absence of consistency helped Australia bully their attack in Perth

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'Big decision' to drop Watson - Rod Marsh

Rod Marsh, the Australia chairman of selectors, has said that dropping Shane Watson for James Faulkner was a "big decision" that had to be taken because of the former's disappointing recent form

541dAbhishek Purohit in Perth

'I feel really good, thank you' - Clarke

In yet another press conference dominated by questions regarding his fitness, Michael Clarke reiterated that he was "as fit and as healthy as I've felt in at least five years"

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David Warner stuns Afghanistan with mammoth ton

David Warner slammed 19 fours and five sixes to complete his 133-ball 178, his highest ODI score, to help Australia beat Afghanistan by a massive 275-run margin in their Group A match played in Perth on Wednesday.

Best of the rest

38.51

Samiullah Shenwari's batting average in ODIs - the second highest an associate batsman with at least 1000 runs averages.

Best at No. 3

63.00

Smith's average batting at No. 3 from 7 innings before today - the best he at from any position in ODIs.

Not today

48

The most Afghanistan had conceded in the mandatory Powerplays in this World Cup. They went for 68 today.

Stingy

3.70

Afghanistan's economy in the mandatory Powerplays this World Cup - only Zimbabwe have done better (2.97).