Riding on the brilliant batting display from David Warner, Steven Smith and a typical Maxwell-like innings, Australia posted a record-breaking score of 417 against Afghanistan at Perth.
After being put into bat, Australia were off to a bad start as they lost their in-form opener Aaron Finch cheaply in the third over of the innings. David Warner and Steven Smith steadied the ship with a 260-run partnership for the second wicket inside 35 overs that laid the foundation for the middle-order batsmen to go after the Afghanistan bowling in the last 10-12 overs. Warner scored his first hundred of the World Cup and after reaching the milestone, he blasted Dawlat Zadran and Co. all around the park before getting out on 178. This is also the highest score by an Australian batsman in World Cup. Glenn Maxwell then lead the charge and smashed 88 runs off just 39 balls (including 7 sixes) to help his team reach this massive total, which is also the highest team total in World Cup history.
Earlier, Australia made two changes to their line-up that played against New Zealand. Josh Hazlewood was picked ahead of the injured Pat Cummins whereas James Faulkner, who missed the first two matches due to injury returned to the side at the expense of Shane Watson, who was dropped because of his poor form with the bat.
Brief Scores: Australia 417/6 (Warner 178, Smith 95, Maxwell 88) vs Afghanistan
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