Warner revels in 'great win' on Australia return

Arnold Nichols
June 4, 2019

The Australia cricket team defeated Afghanistan by seven wickets during the opening world cup clash of the Afghan team on Saturday.

After the openers' dismissal, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah put up a courageous effort and went on to add 51 runs stand for third wicket.

During the course of his Man of the Match, Warner was booed several times by the English crowd.

Australia's David Warner showed little of his menacing hitting and brash in-your-face approach as he made his return to the global arena at the World Cup on Saturday.

Afghanistan will face Sri Lanka in their second match of the tournament at Sophia Gardens.

Naib welcomed the vocal support for the Afghan team from the crowd, who booed and jeered both Warner and Steve Smith on their return to official worldwide cricket after ball-tampering bans.

Two rather inventive spectators did catch the eye in the crowd with full-body suits fashioned to look like pieces of sandpaper.

Najibullah Zadran whacked 22 off an over from leg-spinner Adam Zampa, and Rashid Khan took 20 off one from Marcus Stoinis as Australia's short-pitched strategy - one of the early themes of this World Cup - grew predictable.

Instead it was Finch who led the way for Australia this time, playing the aggressor while Warner was an uncharacteristically subdued support act.

"If you focus to the crowd, then you didn't focus on your game", he said. On the third ball of the contest, Starc, who was also making his comeback in the global arena, got the better of the Afghan star Mohammad Shahzad with an nearly unplayable in-swinger which dislodged the bails of the Afghanistan opener.

Rahmat Shah managed to score 43 runs in the top order with Gulbaddin Naib scoring 31 runs and Najibullah Zadran 51 runs in the middle order.

But the move backfired badly, with openers Mohammad Shahzad and Zazai departing for ducks as Afghanistan slipped to five for two in the second over.

Najibullah's half-century came off just 46 balls, with seven fours and two sixes, before Rashid Khan took up the mantle at number eight with two fours and three sixes in his 27.

"We expected what we were going to cop".

"It was a very important innings for David (Warner). Morale is high and hopefully we can start well". "There's a great energy and a great buzz about this team at the moment".

Early matches have shown that short-pitched bowling could be a recurring theme in England and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell said his team would take a similar approach against Australia.

In bringing his half century from a patient 74 balls, Warner displayed precious little of the explosive qualities we've come to know him for.

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