David Warner guides Aussies to 7-wicket win over Afghanistan

David Warner guides Aussies to 7-wicket win over Afghanistan

David Warner and Steve Smith returned to global cricket on Saturday to see Australia through to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in their World Cup opener at Bristol's County Ground.

TEAM put on a feeble defence against Australia as the defending champions easily overcame them to start their title defence with a win.

A match-winning 89* and an opening stand of 96 along with Aaron Finch (66 of 49 balls) ensured that Australia cruise past Afghanistan with over 15 overs to spare.

Zampa said he did not think Warner and Smith would necessarily feed off the negative vibes from the crowd, but instead were shutting them out, praising them for the way they were handling themselves. "It's going to be a tough three months [including the Ashes] for Warner, Smith, they're going to get it regularly; but the better they play, particularly when they play together, the quicker it will go away".

He said he respected how Smith and Warner handled being treated as villains by the mainly English crowd. "But their pacers at good speeds kept pegging us back", expressed the 28-year-old.

Rahmat went on to score 43 before he was caught at cover by Steve Smith, who was also returning to worldwide cricket after his involvement in the ball tampering scandal, off the bowling of Zampa.

"Personally, I don't really hear the crowd".

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But Najibullah Zadran - ably assisted by his skipper - took the fight to his illustrious opponents, smashing 20 runs in four balls off Zampa, including successive sixes.

"You've got to give it to the Windies, otherwise they just get on the front foot". "They could have gone into their shell".

But while the result did not go their way, Afghanistan showed enough to suggest they can upset a few sides in this tournament - especially with their passionate support behind them.

Zampa (3-60) returned to collect a third wicket and Cummins (3-40) took the last two to finish off. You know this type of team doesn't give you a single chance. But look, to come out here and bowl the way that we did, probably set the tone from Ball 1 for us with the bat... there is a great energy and a great buzz about this team at the moment. I don't think he's penned-in for the tournament by any means.

Afghanistan had won a crucial toss against Australia in Saturday's encounter but threw away the opportunity as they could only manage 207 runs.

The Afghans rallied from 5-2 and 75-5 to get past 200, with Najibullah Zadran making 51 off 49 balls. We look and we just take a positive thing from the performance and go for the next day.