This season of World Cup has showcased a few thrilling matches for sure, but most of them have been one sided. Yesterday’s second match was one such case, of a one sided match. As it was anticipated, the game played between Afghanistan and Australia came out as no surprise.
The Aussie squad faced no problem at all and took down Afghanistan with ease. Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first, but had a dreadful start. Both the openers were sent back to the pavilion, without scoring one single run.
Rahmat Shah on the other hand tried to get a hold and steer his team to a decent total as he fought hard for his 43 of 60 balls, before falling prey to Zampa’s spin bowling. Captain Naib, Najibullah and Rashid showed some resistance towards the end to help the side register 207 on the board.
The Aussies chased down the total with ease, by the 35th over.
3. Destructive Openers:
Both Aaron Finch and David Warner played stable yet attacking cricket to see their team home. It is also safe to say that the Afghani bowling line up didn’t pose any threat to either of the batsmen. The openers scored 66 and 89 respectively, to guide their team towards victory.
The duo played fearless cricket and took turns to topple the Afghan bowling attack. Finch took the lead in the first half and played aggressive shots while Warner played more of a defensive game. After Finch was sent back to the pavilion, Warner took over and played elegant shots to wrap up the game.
2. Dream Run:
Australia is a side that is always packed with quality seamers and quicksters. With Starc not in form, and in-form Jyhe Richardson left out because of injury; the pace attack looked a little off track.
But Pat Cummins would say otherwise. The current World No.1 in tests and No.6 in ODIs looked in good touch as he picked up 3 wickets. The fast bowler initially seemed unplayable, as the Afghan batsmen failed to pick him.
3. The Overshadowed Spinner:
Adam Zampa is another World class bowler who has been performing consistently for his National side, in the recent times.
The right arm leg break bowler picked up 3 wickets in 8 overs, on a flat wicket. The youngster is currently ranked No.6 in T20 rankings. Zampa claimed that it’s difficult being a spinner in these conditions as it favours the fast bowlers, but that didn’t stop the right arm spinner from delivering and picking up important wickets.
The youngster has a lot of potential and has been a crowd favourite too. Zampa gave a glimpse of what he is capable of and justified his selection for this World Cup. The youngster is in-fact considered as a wicket taking option and has a lot of hopes tied to him this World Cup.