#CWC15: Australia slam Afghanistan with record score and biggest win

MATCH 26: Australia were expected to beat Afghanistan, but the manner of their victory at the WACA on Wednesday left no doubt they are contenders for this World Cup. _HB logo largeAustralia were inserted and reached 417 for six, their highest total in World Cups. It was both Australia’s biggest victory margin, and the biggest margin by runs in all World Cup action.

David Warner smashed 178, Steve Smith a more sedate 95 and Glenn Maxwell (main photo) stormed home with 88, but Afghanistan did not bowl badly.

Aaron Finch fell cheaply to the away movement of Dawlat, but then Warner could feasibly have become the first batsman in ODIs to score 300, but had to settle instead for a career best 178 in 133 balls with 19 fours and 5 sixes.

Smith’s innings was composed, sometimes he threw some fireworks in, but it will be a footnote to Warner and Maxwell who will steal the headlines.

David Warner hit 5 sixes in his rapid 178

Warner completed his fourth ODI hundred in 92 deliveries, then upped the pace as 78 came off his last 41. His partnership with Smith was an Australian record 260 with Warner four hits away from 200 when Shapoor eventually broke through, Nabi held a great catch as the ball came down from outer space.

Dawlat and Shapoor Zadran, went for 101 and 89 respectively in their 10 overs, and Nabi’s offspin yielded 84. The attack however should be commended for sticking to its task and bowling good yorkers - the batsmen just had too much in their lockers on this occasion.

Maxwell, promoted up the order to capitalise, and audaciously reverse swept his third ball for four to get started.

Smith had been dismissed for 95, giving Shapoor a second wicket of the day, but Maxwell stayed on course for his maiden, and the World Cup’s fastest, hundred until Dawlat foxed him with a back-of-the-hand slower one that was smartly held by Nabi at cover. He had clattered 88 off 39 balls.

Afghanistan had conceded 118 in the last 10 overs and Australia had passed India’s 413 for 5 in 2007 against Bermuda.

The Australian bowlers then dismissed Afghanistan for 142 to secure a 275-run victory.

Mitchell Johnson, on as first change, struck to take the wicket of Ghani with his third delivery. Ahmadi steered Hazlewood to Michael Clarke at second slip in the next over and Asghar Stanikzai put Johnson up for Smith to run back from gully toward third man and cling on to a superb catch.

Nawroz Mangal hit two delightful straight drives and walloped Mitch Marsh for successive sixes as he added 49 for the fourth wicket with the ever consistent Samiullah Shenwari, but both fell within four balls to leave their side wilting at 94 for five. There was no stunning recovery this time around.

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