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Australia vs Afghanistan, 26th Match, Pool A at Perth, , Mar 04 2015 - Ball by Ball Commentary

26th Match, Pool A (D/N), Perth, March 04, 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(37.3/50 ov, T:418) 142

Australia won by 275 runs

Player Of The Match
178 (133)
Full commentary

That's all from here folks. Switch off the lights when you leave. Cheers

"They played very well," says Mohammad Nabi "Especially their batsmen. Especially Warner, Smith and Maxwell. And their bowlers are the world's fastest. especially on the WACA pitch."

"Very good win," says Michael Clarke "Outstanding with the bat. Davey Warner exceptional. Steve Smith beautiful. Glenn Maxwell fantastic. It was about 11 overs to go and I sent maxi in ahead of me, with our highest WC score opportunity. I was looking to bat at 4, but it was best for the team. The way Maxi and the boys batted showed I did the right thing. Good to see James back. His bowling was outstanding. He will be there for the game against Sri Lanka. The selectors thought this was the best XI for these conditions. We will see what is the best XI for Sri Lanka. That's the good thing about our selectors, they are selecting the XI based on the conditions and the opposition. Whatever XI they give me on Sunday I will try to get the best out of them."

"Most importantly we won so fantastic," says David Warner, the Man of the Match. "Great to see other boys get amongst the runs. Reminded us of the Ashes. Quite humid. Their second spells were very good. They executed yorkers really well. The boys were surprised at how quick that fella bowled."

This is Australia's biggest win, and the biggest win for any team in a World Cup match. Second-biggest win in ODIs overall. A comprehensive win against spirited Afghans. It just seemed from the very start that Warner was setting himself up for a big one. He and Smith and Maxwell pummelled Afghanistan, who didn't really bowl that badly. Flat pitch, quick scoring ground and these new restrictions. This was bound to happen one of these days

"Huge win for Australia, but no one can tell me this competition would be better without Afganistan in it." James has said it better than me

Johnson to Hamid, OUT

a simple catch at short midwicket ends it. The biggest win WCs. This is short, gets on to him quicker than he expects it, gets a soft edge on the pull, and Johnson collects his fourth wicket

Hamid Hassan c Warner b Johnson 7 (18b 0x4 0x6 27m) SR: 38.88
Johnson to Hamid, 2 runs

full and straight, pushed past mid-off with a straight bat

Johnson to Hamid, no run

length ball outside off, punched away to point

DM: "Ah Shapoor joining hameed... now they'll take it to the last over &win for sure! #EpicChase"

end of over 37Wicket maiden
AFG: 140/9CRR: 3.78 RRR: 21.38
Shapoor Zadran0 (4b)
Hamid Hassan5 (15b)
Josh Hazlewood 8-1-25-2
Mitchell Johnson 7-0-20-3
Hazlewood to Shapoor, no run

short of a length, just outside off, beats his outside edge

Hazlewood to Shapoor, no run

makes room to defend this to cover

Hazlewood to Shapoor, no run

Smith has dropped it in front of Clarke. Really full, on off, draws the edge. Smith from third slip goes diving in front of Clarke at second. Puts it down

Hazlewood to Shapoor, no run

short of a length, on off, Shapoor backs away to hit, but is beaten

The two Afghan super heroes. Shapoor and Hamid come together

Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, OUT

they don't have a review left, and he has to walk back even if he has not edged it. This is short of a length, outside off, nips back in, goes between the bat and him. Haddin takes the catch. Australia are pretty confident they have got the edge, but Zazai is not walking until the umpire raises the finger. Snicko registers a small little spike

Afsar Zazai c †Haddin b Hazlewood 10 (40b 0x4 0x6 47m) SR: 25
Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, no run

on a length, middle and leg, defended to leg

end of over 362 runs
AFG: 140/8CRR: 3.88 RRR: 19.85
Hamid Hassan5 (15b)
Afsar Zazai10 (38b)
Mitchell Johnson 7-0-20-3
Josh Hazlewood 7-0-25-1
Johnson to Hamid, no run

short of a length, outside off, takes the outside edge, but it falls short of second slip

Ross: "The problem isn't that the Big 8 play associates at the World Cup. It's that they ONLY play at the World Cup. You're expecting associates to face for the first time, cope with, learn from and overcome Mitchell Starc yorkers in a single game."

Johnson to Afsar Zazai, 1 run

yorker, on off, dug out to leg for one

Johnson to Afsar Zazai, no run

short of a length, angling in, right behind it in defence

Johnson to Hamid, 1 run

short of a length, angling in, worked to leg for a single

Johnson to Hamid, no run

full outside off, pushed to cover

Four slips in place

Johnson to Hamid, no run

full outside off, left alone

Johnson comes back with the Powerplay coming on

Round the wicket

end of over 351 run
AFG: 138/8CRR: 3.94 RRR: 18.66
Afsar Zazai9 (36b)
Hamid Hassan4 (11b)
Josh Hazlewood 7-0-25-1
Mitchell Starc 6-0-18-2
Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, no run

length ball outside off, pushed back to him

Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, no run

short of a length, outside off, defended to cover

Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, 1 wide

wide down the leg side

Mark: "Its sad that matches between big Full Members and Associates turn out like this, but we can hardly expect more. Afghanistan have been beyond gutsy to get here. Ed Smith was right: the benefits of including Associates is more of a long term thing."

Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, no run

on a length, outside off, left alone

Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, no run

yorker, middle and off, Zazai keeps it out

Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, no run

bouncer, middle and leg, he ducks under it

Hazlewood to Afsar Zazai, no run

short of a length, outside off, left alone

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