Australia set the highest team score at an ICC Cricket World Cup on Friday en route to a devastating 275-run rout of Afghanistan in Perth. The win is also the largest winning margin in One Day Internationals at the World Cup. The Afghans won the toss and sent the co-hosts in and would have felt good about the decision when Aaron Finch was caught by Nawroz Mangal off Dawlat Zadran for just 4.
However from 14/1 it would take another 260 runs before a wicket would fall as David Warner and Steve Smith made merry at the WACA. Warner wacked 178 off 133 runs, including 19 fours and 5 sixes before Shapoor Zadran had the Aussie opener caught by Mohammad Nabi. Smith fell five overs later to Shapoor for 95 from 98 balls but it was pure carnage as Glenn Maxwell mauled the Asian bowling attack for 88 runs from only 39 deliveries.
Maxwell smashed 6 fours and 7 sixes as Australia overtook India’s 413 against Bermuda to post 417/6. In response the war-torn nation was never really at the races, losing wickets at regular intervals. In a timely return to form Mitchell Johnson ripped through the Afghanistan top order, collecting three wickets in the process.
A fourth wicket stand between Samiullah Shenwari and Mangal yielding 48 runs proved the highlight. Mangal would top score with 33 while there was also a 24 by Najibullah Zadran as the World Cup debutants succumbed to 142 all out. Johnson finished with figures of 4/22 as the Aussies prepare to take on Sri Lanka next.