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  • 12:07 AM IST

    That’s about all we have for you, folks. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. See you tomorrow! Goodnight!

  • 12:06 AM IST

    Here’s Aaron Finch thoughts on the match: “There’s always a bit of nerves. Guys have been building up for this since a month now. Good to get a win and to get the on-field nerves away. Wickets in the Powerplay are key for any side. Got a couple early and then they played well actually. A run out and a couple of wickets helped. Did lose it a bit at the end but overall, we did well. (On his dismissal) Yeah, it felt good to get some runs and that was probably a ball that I was waiting for, hence got a bit frustrated. (On Warner’s return to form) Extremely important. He was struggling initially but he hung on. It was always going to be difficult for the new batsman, so he got stuck in and then got rewarded. (Whether Australia thought about boosting NRR) In such situations, it’s important not to get too far ahead. They have some world class spinners, so if you take things for granted, you’re playing with fire.”

  • 12:05 AM IST

    Here’s the losing captain Gulbadin Naib on today’s match: “They are a champion side, so you cannot afford to make any mistakes against them. Since we didn’t have a good start, we were on the back foot but Rahmat and Nabi tried to repair things. But their pacers at good speeds kept pegging us back. Good to see our fast bowlers doing well, especially Hamid. I am hoping that upcoming pitches offer some more help for the spinners. Maybe towards the middle of the tournament. Still, I would credit Rashid and Mujeeb for the way they bowled on these tracks.”

  • 11:57 PM IST

    No guesses for who the Man of the Match goes to! Yes, it’s David Warner for his unbeaten 89. Here’s what he said: “Great win and we hope to keep the ball rolling. I think there were some nerves getting to the training and then coming out today. Got relaxed once Finchy started to get going. The way I started out today, I had to take time to move my feet and get my head into position, considedring that I had only played T20 cricket over the last one year. Us batters like to see that (some help for the bowlers). Need to keep our nerves and look to see through that period. It’s a different contrast from the team back then (in 2015). There was more experience at that point but this squad also has great energy in it.”

  • 11:54 PM IST

    What’s happening at Bristol right now?

  • 11:50 PM IST
    IT’S ALL OVER! Australia have thrashed Afghanistan by 7 wickets in their opening worldcup2019 game (Warner 89, Finch 66)
  • 11:50 PM IST

    OUT! Smith falls to Mujeeb just on the brink of victory, departs for 18, Australia need 3 to win.

  • 11:40 PM IST
    32 overs gone and Australia are moments away from victory, need another 17 runs to win (Warner 80, Smith 13)
  • 11:34 PM IST

    Finch did set the stage on fire when he was around

  • 11:30 PM IST

    Afghanistan are NOT going down without a fight

David Warner Australia cricket team, World Cup

Hello and welcome to our match coverage of Match 4 of ICC Cricket World cup 2019 between Australia and Afghanistan at the County Ground, Bristol on Saturday.

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Steve Smith and David Warner will seek redemption on the biggest stage as they re-launch their one-day international careers for Australia against Afghanistan at the World Cup on Saturday. The star batsmen were both banned for a year for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal but they have found form on their return to the international set-up.

Warner was the top run-scorer in the recent Indian Premier League while Smith struck a hundred in a warm-up victory against England last weekend. The defending champions have endured a tumultuous past year but the Aaron Finch-led side are peaking at the right time and are considered one of the favourites in the 50-over showpiece event.

After edging out hosts India 3-2 in a five-match ODI series in March, Australia welcomed back Smith and Warner with open arms. But they are not expected to be given an easy ride by English fans, with former captain Smith being booed and called a “cheat” during the England warm-up game.

Here is today’s Dream11 pick for AUS vs AFG

My Dream XI Team

1.Mohammad Shahzad, 2.Asghar Afghan, 3. David Warner (CAPTAIN), 4. Aaron Finch, 5. Mohammad Nabi, 6. Glenn Maxwell (VICE CAPTAIN), 7. Marcus Stoinis, 8. Rashd Khan, 9. Mitchell Starc, 10. Pat Cummins, 11. Adam Zampa

AUS vs AFG Predicted 11

Australia:David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon

Afghanistan:Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Ashgar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Aftab Alam and Dawlat Zadran

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