ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Afghanistan score 207 against mighty Aussies

Omkar Paranjape
Sunday, 2 June 2019

Afghanistan were bowled out for 207 after electing to bat first against Australia in ICC Cricket World Cup match on Saturday.

London: Afghanistan were bowled out for 207 after electing to bat first against Australia in ICC Cricket World Cup match on Saturday.

Afghanistan recovered in the middle-overs from early blows delivered by Mitchell Starc before Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa picked three wickets each to top the bowling charts for Australia.

Poor start
Earlier, Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib made the bold decision of opting to bat first which backfired severely.
Afghanistan were off to a torrid start as Mitchell Starc dismissed opener Mohammad Shahzad for nought. Fellow opener Hazratullah Zazai followed suit after being sent packing for a duck by Pat Cummins. 

Australian spinner Adam Zampa picked three wickets to break the back of Afghanistan batting. However, some brilliant hitting from Rashid Khan at the end, supported by Mujeeb-ur-Rahman helped Afghanistan cross over 200. Rashid Khan hit Marcus Stoinis 20 runs in an over. However, Zampa got him out and they were bundled out for 207.

Shah-Shahidi build
With their team in deep trouble, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi led a fightback for the minnows, playing in only their second World Cup, putting on a gritty 51 for the third wicket.

Scoreboard:
Afghanistan Innings: Mohammad Shahzad b Starc 0 (3b), Hazratullah Zazai c Carey b Cummins 0 (2b), Rahmat Shah c Smith b Zampa 43 (60b, 6x4), Hashmatullah Shahidi st Carey b Zampa 18 (34b, 3x4), Mohammad Nabi run out (Smith/ Carey) 7 (22b), Gulbadin Naib c Carey b Stoinis 31 (33b, 4x4, 1x6), Najibullah Zadran c Carey b Stoinis 51 (49b, 7x4, 2x6), Rashid Khan lbw b Zampa 27 (11b, 2x4, 3x6), Dawlat Zadran c Carey b Cummins 4 (6b, 1x4), Mujeeb Ur Rahman b Cummins 13 (9b, 1x4, 1x6), Hamid Hassan not out 1 (2b).
Extras: 12 (lb 3, nb 1, w 8). Total: 207 all out.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-5, 3-56, 4-75, 5-77, 6-160, 7-162, 8-166, 9-205.
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 7-1-31-1, Pat Cummins 8.2-0-40-3, Nathan Coulter-Nile 8-1-36-0, Marcus Stoinis 7-1-37-2, Adam Zampa 8-0-60-3.

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