Australia beats Afghanistan cricket team by 66 runs
By Sajad - Sun Aug 26 2012, 9:15 am
Australia did well to reach 272-8 in their 50 overs despite some hiccups in the middle overs before overcoming a tough mid-innings resistance by Afghanistan who in the end were bowled out for 206 in 43.5 overs.
Clarke, in his new position at No.3, won the toss and added 131 with Matthew Wade for Australia’s second wicket.
Wade hit a career-best 75, while Clarke also scored 75.
Mike Hussey smashed 49 from 37 balls before he was out in the 50th over.
Opener Karim Sadiq hit the innings’ first delivery for a boundary, but Starc then clattered Sadiq on the helmet to fell the batsman before bowling him with a delivery that nipped back sharply.
Starc earlier had Javed Ahmedi (nought) in his first over, while at the other end Pattinson dismissed Mohammad Shehzad (11) and skipper Nawroz Mangal (nought) in his sixth over to leave Afghanistan reeling at 49-4.
But Asghar Stanikzai, with a 106-ball 66, and Mohammad Nabi, with an aggressive 60-ball 46, put on an impressive 86-run stand for the fifth wicket to push Australia onto the back foot.
Nabi hit four towering sixes and three boundaries while Stanikzai sent six balls to the ropes.
But Afghanistan’s resistance waned once both fell in the space of five overs.
Nabi became one of Mitchell Johnson’s two wickets while Clarke pulled off a sensational catch at mid-wicket off Pattinson to end Stanikzai’s knock.
“It was a big occasion and we learnt a lot from the experience of playing Australia,” Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal told reporters through an interpreter.
“I’m satisfied with the performance of my team. We couldn’t put runs on the board in the top order but Australia are a major team and they know how to win.”