holes out, tossed up and he swings hard, gets too much elevation there and finds Michael Hussey at deep midwicket
The four early wickets pegged Afghanistan back early but from there on we saw some fight from them. Nabi and Stanikzai were slow to start off but gradually opened up and would have had Australia a bit concerned at one point. But Nabi gave his wicket away and Australia tightened their grip during the batting Powerplay. Both teams will be reasonably happy with how things panned out, in tough conditions. We'll get you the details from the presentation in a bit.
Mitchell Starc is the Man of the Match: "It's a bit humid, quite sweaty, took a little bit of time to get accustomed to. It was quite sweaty, it was a bit hard to hold the ball, also with the dew. We all bowled quite well, we've been here for a couple of days to get used to the conditions. Afghanistan put up a good fight today. It's a bit different to play cricket this late."
Nowroz Mangal: "The players played very well. Australia is one of the best teams in the world. Our top order didn't click this time. The way the bowlers performed and the way we fielded, it was quite satisfactory and we proved we can compete with such big sides. We have learned a lot. This is a good preparation for the T20 World Cup. This was a better performance than we put up against Pakistan. I'd like to thank Cricket Australia for allowing us to play their team. We played the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and we'll rectify the errors we made then. It's a historic game. We are happy we have played the 200th game on this ground."
Michael Clarke: "After our trip to England, a very good performance. We've got three important games coming up, and tonight it was important to get off a good start. We've probably got areas to work on with both bat and ball. We coped pretty well with the heat. We had a good preparation. Mitch bowled very well, the ball got a little slippery there. Our batsmen deserve some credit as well. Nice to make some runs. Michael Hussey is an important player in this team. We have to be at our best against Pakistan, they know these conditions well."
There's a trophy for this one-off game and it's been handed to Michael Clarke. That's all from us here. Thanks for tuning in and we'll see you when the Pakistan-Australia series begins. See ya. You can read the report for this match here.
that's been swept powerfully, tossed up and he smacks that through deep square leg
goodish length on the off, pushes that back down the pitch
comes down the track and tries to swing it into the stands, gets a thick inside edge
slog-sweep, drags it towards deep midwicket for a single
Doherty to bowl
full outside leg stump, clips the pads and they take a leg-bye this time
tries to fend it, strikes him on the pads, they decide not to run a leg-bye
Pattinson goes round the wicket and bowls a wide down the leg side, raises the Afghan 200
short of a good length, pushes at that one and misses
Shapoor Zadran's the new man
short and Naib shapes up for a cut, there was an edge, a clear sound as he went for it, Wade dived low and to his left to catch that, the umpires are trying to verify if it carried, they've gone to the third umpire. Replays show it was a clean catch, he's got to go
too wide this time and it's called by the umpire
swings hard, was the slower one, it cut away and he missed
Sajith: "ICC should restructure match scheduling. It should do something to make sure emerging nations get fair share of international match experience before a world cup. Afghanistan justifies this need. Maybe on another day they would have beaten Australia."
in the channel outside off stump and he lets that one go through
Rahul: "The result may be a foregone conclusion, but the number of sixes conceded by Aussie bowlers is a worrying sign...they've got Pakistan next, and then the T20 WC. Being hit for sixes on slow pitches against a second tier side.....not good omens these for the coming months."
gets forward and plays out a maiden, defending it towards midwicket
shortish on the off, taps it in front of extra cover
defends it a little uppishly towards extra cover
shortish on the off, chopped that towards extra cover
gets forward and defends that towards midwicket
tossed up on leg stump, doesn't get bat to it, clips the pads and goes behind point, no single there
The tail showing some spunk as well, this stand is now worth 27. Doherty to bowl
dropped that short on middle and he let that one go, not a wide, was the right height thinks Bowden