Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Right that wraps it up for this game. Join us tomorrow, because only this match has ended, the World Cup hasn't. Till then, this is Saurabh Somani signing off on behalf of Peter Della Penna and Chandan Duorah.

7.30pm: Captains speak time.

Gulbadin Naib: "They are a champion side, so you can't have any mistake against them. We didn't have a good start with our openers, so obviously we were a bit on the back foot. After that Rahmat and Nabi got stuck in the wicket, so the pressure was there. Looking at the England conditions, you can take this kind of step (bringing in Hamid). Hope there is something for spin in the upcoming matches."

Aaron Finch: "Always a bit of nerves, we've been training together so long now. We were probably ready to go four days ago, long build up. But good to get a first win. Wickets in the Powerplay are crucial to any side, if you look at the data, so pretty good to get a couple early. Couple of sharp run-out chances from Smithy. I felt good today, you get a couple away early and get a good flow going. Warner is very important to our side. He was struggling to time the ball in the first half, but the fact that he kept hanging in there was great for him. He did the job at the end. Important you don't look too far ahead."

7.24pm: David Warner is the Man of the Match. "Good to be back. Great win and good start for us. Gotta keep the ball rolling. Nerves getting back into the camp and getting back into the full intensity of training. I was a bit more relaxed when Finchy started going. For us it's getting past this first victory and move on to the West Indies. We know the bowlers always say that one-day cricket is a batsman's game, but you saw the out and out quicks going through the batsmen. For us as batters, its about holding our nerve. This team is a different one from the team back then (in 2015) but there is a great energy and great buzz about this team."

7.20pm: Command performance by Australia, particularly while batting. While bowling too, they had the better of Afghanistan except for a few overs at the end. But the good work done upfront meant they didn't have much to chase. The batsmen came out with purpose. Finch was aggressive, Warner was intent on batting through. Both did that. Would have been perfect if Smith had stayed unbeaten, but you can't deny the perfection of a finish that has a Maxwell boundary at the end. Australia's defence is up and running, and in some style too. Stick around for the presentations.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Maxwell, FOUR runs, well my forecasting skills are not exact but Maxwell does finish it off with a boundary. Full ball outside off and slaughtered over extra cover, two bounces into the fence to clinch victory for Australia.

So it won't be a fairytale comeback of Smith and Warner sharing an unbeaten partnership to drive Australia to victory. Maybe Glenn Maxwell will hit a six to finish to compensate?

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Smith, OUT, anti-climax wide outside off and it was there to be square driven, but bounced a bit more than he expected and he gets an upper edge that loops to short third man. Smith falls with just three runs to get for victory

SPD Smith c Hazratullah Zazai b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 18 (36m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Smith, no run, fuller outside off, gets to the pitch of the ball to cover drive, but very gently and the in-field is able to cut it off
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Warner, 1 run, quicker and darting into him, he gives himself room and slaps it to long-on with a horizontal bat
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Warner, no run, fuller, driven back to the bowler

Hamza: "4 one-sided matches in the world cup so far. What does your score predictor say for the remaining 44 matches and today's champions league final?" - says the magic formula for exciting cricket is to log on to ESPNcricinfo and get 10 other friends to log on. Who must each get 10 friends too. And so on...

Rahul Gupta: "This partnership is a statement! Beware, Aussies will dominate this world cup too. "

34 | 5 Runs | AUS: 204/2 (4 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 0.25)

  • David Warner88 (112b)
  • Steven Smith18 (25b)
  • Rashid Khan8-0-52-1
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman4-0-40-0
Rashid Khan to Warner, 1 run, fuller length outside off, nudged to square leg
Rashid Khan to Warner, no run, googly, pitches outside off and straightens, he flat-bats it to mid-on
Rashid Khan to Smith, 1 run, fuller outside off, takes a stride out to get to the pitch and drive it to long-off
Rashid Khan to Warner, 1 run, flat and quick outside off, slapped through cover
Rashid Khan to Warner, 2 runs, tossed up on leg stump, flicked off his toes into a gap. Into the gap of course means a guaranteed two runs the way these two are going
Rashid Khan to Warner, no run, good length on the stumps, big stride out to defend

These two are strolling towards the target metaphorically. Sprinting to it literally - with their running between the wickets. What a comeback story

33 | 8 Runs | AUS: 199/2 (9 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.03, RRR: 0.52)

  • David Warner84 (107b)
  • Steven Smith17 (24b)
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman4-0-40-0
  • Dawlat Zadran5-0-32-0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Warner, 1 run, quicker homing in on the stumps, punched to long-off
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Smith, 1 run, good length around the fourth stump, walks across to flick to short fine leg
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Smith, 2 runs, fuller angled into him, and they're sprinting between the wickets again. Flicked to square leg and they get another two
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Warner, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, shuffles across to flick to square leg
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Warner, 2 runs, angled into the pads, and Warner busily works it to deep midwicket with soft hands. These guys sprint between the wickets so they get two
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Smith, 1 run, fullish outside off, punched to long-off

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

1st96AJ FinchDA Warner
2nd60UT KhawajaDA Warner
3rd49DA WarnerSPD Smith
4th4DA WarnerGJ Maxwell