2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match #4 | Afghanistan v Australia

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match #4 | Afghanistan v Australia

After enjoying success in both of their warm-up fixtures, the 2015 World champions head to Bristol tonight, where they’ll start their quest for a sixth World Cup crown, against a team that enjoyed mixed fortunes in the warm-up matches – victory against Pakistan filled the Afghanistan squad with confidence, but then they suffered a heavy defeat, at the hands of England, to bring them back down to earth, as they prepare to face Australia at The Brightside Ground, and it’s LIVE right here on Zak Sports.

Good evening everybody. Welcome to our continuing coverage of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – it’s the start of Australia’s World Cup defence tonight, against an Afghanistan squad that they haven’t faced in four years.

The Cricket minnows, on their day, are no longer easy beats, but the Australian team will start as firm favourites tonight.

This is one of just seven day/night fixtures in this tournament – both these teams will feature in three of those seven matches, with New Zealand also featuring prominently.

Speaking of New Zealand, they’re in action in the other match today, against Sri Lanka, and are in complete control, having bowled the Sri Lankans out, for just 136, a short while ago.

The news from here, is that Afghanistan have won the toss, and they’ll BAT first.
As I said in the opener, they won their warm-up fixture against Pakistan, and lost the match against England. They chased down 262 against Pakistan, but when they batted first against England, they were rolled for just 160.

Before we go any further, here’s a look at the Afghanistan squad for this tournament.

With the warm-up fixtures not being classified as official One Day Internationals, this match will mark the official return, to the ODI arena, of David Warner and Steve Smith, so there’ll be a lot of focus on them as the night unfolds, particularly when it comes to the Australian run chase a little later on.

Australia have left Shaun Marsh out of their side tonight, along with Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson.

Here’s a look at the two teams for you.

10:30pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 4 – Afghanistan v Australia
LIVE from The Brightside Ground, Bristol
Afghanistan 0/0 (0)
Mohammad Shahzad 0* (0) | Hazratullah Zazai 0* (0)
#CWC19 | #AFGvAUS | #ZakSportsAU

Hello again from Bristol – it’s the fourth match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the first of nine matches for Australia, in the group stage of the tournament.

Mitchell Starc has the new ball in hand, as Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai make their way to the middle for Afghanistan.

A healthy crowd has made its way into The Brightside Ground in Bristol, and we’re ready to go, as we go up to the commentary box, and say good afternoon to Michael Clarke and Sanjay Manjrekar.

10:33pm | Afghanistan 1/0 (0.3)
Rahmat Shah 0* (0) | Hazratullah Zazai 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM!!! THIRD BALL OF THE MATCH, AND MITCHELL STARC HAS STRUCK!
A beautiful, full, in-swinging delivery canons into Mohammad Shahzad’s leg-stump, and he’s on his way back to the pavilion for a duck.
Afghanistan – certainly not the start they were looking for – it’s 1/0.

Mohammad Shahzad | b Starc | 0 (0) | FOW 1/0 (0.3)

10:37pm | Afghanistan 2/5 (1.2)
Rahmat Shah 0* (0) | Hashmatullah Shahidi 0* (0)

EDGED, GONE… HUGE SWING FROM ZAZAI, AND THE THICKEST OF EDGES PROVIDES THE SIMPLEST OF CATCHES FOR ALEX CAREY.A BIG BLOW FOR AFGHANISTAN, AND PAT CUMMINS, LIKE MITCHELL STARC, HAS A WICKET IN HIS FIRST OVER. IT’S 2/5.

Hazratullah Zazai | c Carey, b Cummins | 0 (0) | FOW 2/5 (1.2)

11:00pm | Afghanistan 2/23 (6)
Rahmat Shah 15* (22) | Hashmatullah Shahidi 6* (10)

Well, it was a rough start for Afghanistan, but things have steadied in the last five overs – Rahmat Shah going nicely, and dominating the strike, but Australia are still right on top, on an overcast afternoon in Bristol.

Wasim Akram has moved into the commentary box, and alongside him is Michael Slater.

11:37pm | Afghanistan 3/56 (13.5) – DRINKS
Rahmat Shah 31* (45) | Mohammad Nabi 0* (0)

GONE – STUMPED… ZAMPA HAS HIS MAN… JUST WHEN AFGHANISTAN WERE STARTING TO LOOK A LITTLE MORE SETTLED, HASHMATULLAH SHAHIDI IS OUT-DONE BY SPIN…He came down the wicket, missed the ball, and his bails were whipped off by Alex Carey. It’s 3/56.

Hashmatullah Shahidi | st Carey, b Zampa | 18 (34) | FOW 3/56 (13.5)

Drinks have been taken in Bristol, as Mohammad Nabi joins Rahmat Shah, and in the commentary box now, it’ll be Mel Jones and Michael Atherton.

12:04am | Afghanistan 4/75 (19.2)
Gulbadin Naib 0* (0) | Mohammad Nabi 6* (18)

GONE – AFGHANISTAN’S KEY MAN IS GONE… A GUTSY FIGHT FROM RAHMAT SHAH ENDS SHY OF A HALF-CENTURY.ZAMPA HAS ANOTHER ONE, AND STEVE SMITH HAS MADE HIS FIRST REAL CONTRIBUTION TO THIS WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN! IT’S 4/75.

Rahmat Shah | c Smith, b Zampa | 43 (60) | FOW 4/75 (19.2)

In other news, New Zealand have absolutely smashed Sri Lanka, in today’s other game, which was being played at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.After bowling Sri Lanka out for 136, the Black Caps took just 16.1 overs to chase down the dismal target, and did so without losing a wicket.
A terrific start to the tournament for the 2015 runners-up.

Here in Bristol though, the game continues – Gulbadin Naib – the Afghan captain – is the new man in, as Sanjay Manjrekar and Michael Slater take over commentary.

12:07am | Afghanistan 5/77 (20.2)
Gulbadin Naib 1* (2) | Najibullah Zadran 0* (0)

OH, MIX UP HERE… HE MUST BE OUT – HE IS OUT… A TERRIFIC PIECE OF FIELDING FROM STEVE SMITH BRINGS ABOUT THE FIFTH WICKET FOR AUSTRALIA… MOHAMMAD NABI HAS TO GO, AND IT’S STARTING TO UNRAVEL AGAIN FOR AFGHANISTAN – 5/77.

Mohammad Nabi | run out (Smith) | 7 (22) | FOW 5/77 (20.2)

1:04am | Afghanistan 5/160 (33)
Gulbadin Naib 31* (32) | Najibullah Zadran 50* 46)

FIFTY FOR NAJIBULLAH ZADRAN – A COUPLE OF STREAKY SHOTS ON HIS WAY TO THE MILESTONE, BUT AN INNINGS THAT AFGHANISTAN NEEDED…
They may not set a winning total here, but at least they’ll be more competitive than we thought it might be when they were 2/5.It’s 5/160.

1:07am | Afghanistan 6/160 (33.1)
Rashid Khan 0* (0) | Najibullah Zadran 50* 46)

OUT! GULBADIN NAIB ATTACKED A SHORT ONE FROM MARCUS STOINIS, BUT DIDN’T GET HOLD OF IT AS HE WOULD’VE LIKED… HE SKIED IT, AND ALEX CAREY WAS THERE TO TAKE THE CATCH… THE END OF A GOOD 83-RUN PARTNERSHIP… IT’S 6/160!

Gulbadin Naib | c Carey, b Stoinis | 31 (33) } FOW 6/160 (33.1)

1:12am | Afghanistan 7/162 (33.5)
Rashid Khan 1* (1) | Dawlat Zadran 0* (0)

OUT…. THERE’S ANOTHER ONE… EXACTLY THE SAME SORT OF DISMISSAL THAT CLAIMED GULBADIN NAIB EARLIER IN THE OVER, AND NOW NAJIBULLAH IS ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE PAVILION AS WELL, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, AFGHANISTAN HAVE SLUMPED TO 7/162.

Najibullah Zadran | c Carey, b Stoinis | 51 (49) | FOW 7/162 (33.5)

1:16am | Afghanistan 8/166 (35)
Rashid Khan 1* (2) | Mujeeb Ur Rahman 0* (0)

GLOVED… GONE… DAWLAT ZADRAN THE MAN DISMISSED, AND THE WHEELS ARE REALLY STARTING TO FALL OFF THE AFGHANISTAN WAGON, AS PAT CUMMINS CLAIMS HIS SECOND VICTIM OF THE DAY! IT’S 8/166.

Dawlat Zadran | c Carey, b Cummins | 4 (6) | FOW 8/166 (35)

1:29am | Afghanistan 9/205 (37.3)
Hamid Hassan 0* (0) | Mujeeb Ur Rahman 12* (6)

OUT… PLUMB – RASHID KHAN IS DISMISSED, LBW, AS ZAMPA GRABS HIS THIRD WICKET – A SOLID PERFORMANCE FROM THE SPINNER.
A SHORT STAY AT THE CREASE FOR RASHID KHAN, BUT AN ENTERTAINING KNOCK, THAT HAS ENSURED AFGHANISTAN A TOTAL OF OVER 200. IT’S 9/205!

Rashid Khan | LBW, b Carey | 27 (11) | FOW 9/205 (37.3)

1:34am | Afghanistan 207 (38.2)
Hamid Hassan 1* (2)
Australia require 208 runs to win.

BOWLED HIM… ALL OVER – PAT CUMMINS GETS A THIRD WICKET, AND AFGHANISTAN ARE ALL OUT FOR 207 IN BRISTOL!

Mujeeb Ur Rahman | b Cummins | 13 (9) | FOW 10/207 (38.2)

After being 2/5, Afghanistan would’ve probably taken 207, and it was a good fightback from them, but also a good effort from Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa – six wickets between them, to set Australia up nicely.
They need 4.16/over to win this match, and their run chase will begin shortly – stay with us!

2am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 4 – Afghanistan v Australia
LIVE from The Brightside Ground, Bristol
Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 0/0 (0)
Aaron Finch 0* (0) | David Warner 0* (0)
Australia require 208 runs to win.
#CWC19 | #AFGvAUS | #ZakSportsAU

Welcome back to Bristol, as we continue our coverage of the fourth match in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
It’s Australia against Afghanistan this morning, and very soon David Warner and Aaron Finch will make their way to the centre, to begin Australia’s chase of 208 for victory, after Afghanistan failed to bat out their overs – dismissed, all out for 207 in the 39th over.

Here’s a look at the cards – While Zampa was expensive, he picked up wickets – the tail decided to take after the spinner, but it was to no avail in the end.
Starc will be disappointed to have only grabbed one wicket, but was the most economical bowler out there.

Four scores above 25 for Afghanistan, but no one able to go on with it, and that could be their downfall throughout the duration of this tournament.

Australia
Target: 208
Overs Remaining: 50
Wickets in Hand: 10
Run Rate Required: 4.16

So, David Warner and Aaron Finch have made their way to the centre. Mujeeb Ur Rahman will open the bowling for Afghanistan, but Rashid Khan could hold the key here – we’ve seen the damage he can cause in the BBL, and that may be the only thing that stands between Australia and an easy win here, in their World Cup opener.
Michael Clarke is in the commentary box, and alongside him is Sanjay Manjrekar.

2:55am | Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 0/73 (13.1)
Aaron Finch 51* (40) | David Warner 20* (40)
Australia require 135 runs to win off 221 balls.

FOUR, AND FIFTY FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN… AARON FINCH HAS PLAYED BEAUTIFULLY SO FAR – HE DOESN’T MIND BATTING ON ENGLISH WICKETS, AND HE’S PUNISHING THE AFGHANISTAN BOWLING ATTACK HERE IN BRISTOL… IT’S 0/73!

3:05am | Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 1/96 (16.2)
Usman Khawaja 0* (0) | David Warner 28* (50)
Australia require 112 runs to win off 202 balls.

GONE! THEY’VE GOT ONE… FINCH HAS BEEN OUT DONE BY A SLOWER BALL… SWINGING A LITTLE TOO HARD AT THAT ONE, AND HE’S HELD OUT TO MUJEEB IN THE DEEP, AS AFGHANISTAN GET THE BREAKTHROUGH! IT’S 1/96.

Finch | c Mujeeb, b Gulbadin | 66 (49) | FOW 1/96 (16.2)

3:33am | Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 1/147 (22.2)
Usman Khawaja 13* (13) | David Warner 53* (74)
Australia require 61 runs to win off 166 balls.

CUT FOR FOUR, AND IT’S FIFTY FOR DAVID WARNER… A SLOW INNINGS BY HIS STANDARDS, BUT A FINE KNOCK NEVERTHELESS, ON HIS RETURN TO THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE.
AUSTRALIA IN COMPLETE CONTROL HERE IN BRISTOL, IT’S 1/147.

3:41AM | Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 2/156 (25)
Steve Smith 0* (0) | David Warner 60* (83)
Australia require 52 runs to win off 150 balls.

OUT – LBW!!!RASHID KHAN HAS GOT USMAN KHAWAJA, WITH A BEAUTIFUL WRONG’UN… KHAWAJA MISSED IT COMPLETELY, AND HIS INNINGS IS OVER.

Plumb LBW as it turned out – Khawaja opted not to review the Umpire’s decision, which turned out to be a good call, as the ball-tracking showed that it would’ve smashed into the top of middle-stump.

Khawaja gone… that brings Steve Smith to the middle, as he and David Warner share the crease for Australia for the first time since returning from suspension. It’s 2/156!

4:16am | Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 3/205 (34.4)
Glenn Maxwell 0* (0) | David Warner 89* (114)
Australia require 3 runs to win off 92 balls.

GONE… SMITH DOESN’T MAKE IT TO THE END… JUST THREE REQUIRED, AND STEVE SMITH HAS BEEN CAUGHT OUT BY A GOOD DELIVERY FROM MUJEEB – HE WAS SURPRISED BY THE BOUNCE, AND IN THE END, HIS CUT SHOT BECAME A TOP EDGE, THAT WENT STRAIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF HAZRAT, AND AFGHANISTAN HAVE THEIR THIRD WICKET, EVEN IF IT’S ONLY A CONSOLATION PRIZE… IT’S 3/205!

Smith | c Hazrat, b Mujeeb | 18 (27) | FOW 3/205 (34.4)

4:17am | Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 3/209 (34.5)
Glenn Maxwell 4* (1) | David Warner 89* (114)
Australia wins by 7 wickets with 91 balls to spare.

BANG… MAXWELL HITS HIS FIRST BALL FOR FOUR, AND THE MATCH IS OVER… AUSTRALIA HAVE GOT THE JOB DONE, RATHER CONVINCINGLY IN THE END – THEY’VE WON BY 7 WICKETS HERE IN BRISTOL, AND THEY’VE STARTED THEIR WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN IN THE BEST POSSIBLE FASHION.

Back soon with the batting card, the bowling figures, the match summary and the Man of the Match… this is the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on Zak Sports.

4:30am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 4 – Afghanistan v Australia
LIVE from The Brightside Ground, Bristol
Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 3/209 (34.5)
Australia wins by 7 wickets with 91 balls to spare.
Player of the Match: David Warner (AUS)
#CWC19 | #AFGvAUS | #ZakSportsAU

Hello again from Bristol, where Australia have taken a commanding win in the opening match of their World Cup campaign for 2019 – by seven wickets over Afghanistan, in a day/night match where the lights weren’t even required in the end – it was all over by around 7pm local time.

Here’s the batting and bowling card for you… Aaron Finch will be disappointed that he wasn’t able to go on with it, after making such a great start – he bolted out of the blocks, to reach 66 in just 49 balls.

It was a much more controlled innings from David Warner – he faced 114 balls, to remain not out on 89 at the end of the day… sure, it wasn’t the all-out attack or aggression that we’re used to from Warner, but it was a great innings all the same, and certainly a nice way for him to return to the international stage – valuable time in the middle, as he got back into the rhythm of playing one-day cricket, after a lengthy break.

Glenn Maxwell’s spent less time in the middle than he did walking to and from the crease. He came out to hit the winning runs on the back of the dismissal of Steve Smith, and if that’s any indication of what to expect from Maxwell going forward in this tournament, we should be in for some fireworks once he gets a solid hit in the middle.

For Afghanistan, the Aussies dealt with Rashid Khan rather well, Hamid Hassan was very economical and all-in-all, the six bowlers did a good job under the circumstances, as it was always going to be difficult to defend 207 – in fact, it never seemed likely that they’d be able to, not against that batting line-up.

David Warner was named Man of the Match, on a day where the English crowd made their feelings known to he and Steve Smith – they were told to expect some sledging and booing from the poms during the entire tour, and they haven’t let them down thus far.

Stick with us – more to come in just a moment.

5am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 4 – Afghanistan v Australia
LIVE from The Brightside Ground, Bristol
Afghanistan 207 (38.2) | Australia 3/209 (34.5)
Australia wins by 7 wickets with 91 balls to spare.
Player of the Match: David Warner (AUS)
#CWC19 | #AFGvAUS | #ZakSportsAU

Nice to have your company rather early on this Sunday morning, as we wrap up our coverage of the fourth match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.Australia were too good for Afghanistan this morning – they cruised to a 7-wicket victory, and did so with 91 balls to spare.

I mentioned earlier that the Afghanistan bowlers performed well, and it should be noted that they kept the Australians to a run-rate of only 6 an over – a run a ball – and while Australia had no need to take any risks, or attack any harder then they did, it’ll be interesting to see how the Afghanistan side performs against the other batting attacks as the tournament rolls on.

Afghanistan will face Sri Lanka in their next match, and then New Zealand next Saturday night.
New Zealand absolutely smashed Sri Lanka earlier today, to the tune of 10 wickets, after bowling them out for only 136, so Afghanistan’s next two games won’t be an easy task at all, as they’ll have Sri Lanka out in force, desperate for a win, to turn things around in their campaign, and then New Zealand, who were finalists four years ago, and one of the teams to watch during the course of this twelfth ICC World Cup.

Australia’s next match won’t be easy either. They’ll face the West Indies – two-time champions – on Thursday night, and then India next Sunday evening.
Both of those fixtures are day games.
The West Indies already have a win on the board, after decimating Pakistan on Friday, and they posted over 400 against New Zealand in a warm-up match as well, so they’re a team to watch in this tournament, there’s no doubt about that.
As for India, they’re campaign doesn’t start until Wednesday night… they’ll be up against the South Africans, and Australia will be their second opponent.

No doubt, the Proteas will be hoping for a far better showing then their performance on Thursday, when they lost the opening game of the tournament to England.

That South Africa-India fixture is the next one we’ll bring you on Zak Sports… LIVE on Wednesday night, direct from the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, and we’ll be with you from 7pm AEST.

So, that’s it then… a good contest, and a solid hit out for Australia in Bristol… the tournament will only get harder from here for them, as they go out in search of their sixth World Cup crown.
It was comfortable in the end… they won it by seven wickets. We hope you’ve enjoyed it… we’ll see you on Wednesday… From Bristol, have a great day, bye for now!

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