Australia thrash Afghanistan by 275 runs


PERTH: Afghanistan were given a cricketing lesson as they were handed a 275 runs defeat by Australia in their World Cup match here at Perth, ARY Sports reports on Wednesday.

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first in the match.

The Afghan bowlers were hit to all corners of the ground as the co-hosts put a record 417/6 runs on the scoreboard thanks to a big century by David Warner and half centuries by Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell.

This is the highest team total in a World Cup match. The record was previously held by India against Bermuda in 2007 where the “Men In Blue” made 413/7.

Warner scored 178 runs from 133 balls while Smith and Maxwell contributed 95 and 88 runs respectively for their team.

Dawlat Zadran and Shapoor Zadran grabbed two wickets while Hamid Hassan and Nawroz Mangal took one wicket each.

Australian bowlers faced little resistance as the Asian side was back in the pavilion after scoring 142 runs.

Nawroz Mangal scored 33 from 35 balls runs for Afghanistan whereas Najibullah Zadran made 24 runs for the team.

Mitchell Johnson took four wickets while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood dismissed two batsmen each. Captain Michael Clarke and Glenn Maxwell also shared a wicket each.