Warner's 178 helps Australia to record win in Cricket World Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP):
David Warner posted a career-high 178 and Mitchell Johnson took four wickets as four-time champions Australia set World Cup records with their innings total and 275-run winning margin in a ruthless victory over tournament newcomers Afghanistan yesterday.
Coming off a one-wicket loss to New Zealand and with a match against 1996 champions Sri Lanka in Sydney on Sunday, the Australians were always going to use the match at the WACA ground in Perth as a chance to regain momentum.
Warner and Steve Smith (95) shared a record second-wicket stand of 260 runs off just 209 balls to set Australia on course for their mammoth 417-6, surpassing India's 413-5 against Bermuda in 2007 as the highest total ever at a World Cup.
Afghanistan were dismissed for 142 in 37.3 overs in reply, with Johnson snaring 4-22 on his home turf. It was the biggest World Cup win in terms of runs, surpassing India's 257-run victory over Bermuda at Trinidad in 2007 and South Africa's win over West Indies in Canberra last week for the biggest winning margin in tournament history.
It was the seventh-highest innings total ever in a one-day international and Australia's second-best of all time after their 434 in a loss to South Africa in 2006.
Warner smashed five sixes and 19 boundaries off 132 balls to get the innings away to a rapid start after Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Afghanistan, fresh from their maiden World Cup win - a one-wicket victory over Scotland - were virtually out of the contest after Australia batted.
Nawroz Mangal top scored with 33 runs, including successive sixes off medium paceman Mitchell Marsh, before an acrobatic slips catch by Aaron Finch cut short the innings. Nawqroz shared 48 runs for the fourth wicket with Samiullah Shenwari (17).
Johnson put behind the disappointment of being hit around Eden Park for 68 runs in six overs by New Zealand last week with his destructive spells of sheer pace against Afghanistan. Fellow pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood claimed two wickets each.
Warner and Smith came together with the total at 14 after Finch was dismissed in the third over. They dominated the attack until Warner was eventually caught when skipper Mohamed Nabi held on to a skier. It was Warner's fourth century in 57 ODIs and his first in the World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell belted 88 off just 39 balls, hitting seven sixes and six boundaries with ingenious shot-making that confounded the Afghan bowlers.
Dawlat Zadran and Shapoor Zadran took two wickets each for Afghanistan, but at a cost of 101 and 89 runs, respectively.
Biggest wins by runs at Cricket World Cup
275 - Australia vs Afghanistan, Perth, 2015
257 - India vs Bermuda, Port-of-Spain, 2007
257 - South Africa vs West Indies, Sydney, 2015
256 - Australia vs Namibia, Potchefstroom, 2003
243 - Sri Lanka vs Bermuda, Port-of-Spain, 2007
231 - South Africa vs Netherlands, Mohali, 2011
229 - Australia vs Netherlands, Basseterre, 2007
Highest ODI Totals
443-9 - Sri Lanka vs Netherlands, Amstelveen, 2006
439-2 - South Africa vs West Indies, Johannesburg, 2015
438-9 - South Africa vs Australia, Johannesburg, 2006
434-4 - Australia vs South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006
418-5 - South Africa vs Zimbabwe, Potchefstroom, 2006
418-5 - India vs West Indies, Indore, 2011
417-6 - Australia vs Afghanistan, Perth, 2015
414-7 - India vs Sri Lanka, Rajkot, 2009
413-5 - India vs Bermuda, Port-of-Spain, 2007
411-8 - Sri Lanka vs India, Rajkot, 2009
411-4 - South Africa vs Ireland, Canberra, 2015