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Australia beat Afghanistan in the only World Cup encounters between the sides in 2015.

Convincing win for the defending champions, to launch their campaign. That's all from us tonight. Join us back tomorrow, as an injury-hit Bangladesh begin their campaign against South Africa, who lost their tournament opener to England. Till then, ciao!

All over - Australia win by seven wickets

Warner got runs. Smith got a hit but fell early. Finch got a half-century. Pacers were excellent and Zampa did his job. Good day overall for Australia.

Afghanistan did well in patches. Rashid hit a few while Najibullah Zadran scored some runs. Openers were poor and the middle-order didn't convert their starts. The bowlers were not effective on a good batting track and it was an easy win for Australia.

Two down

Full and straight from Rashid. Khawaja doesn't connect and is pinged right in front. No doubts there. Plumb and he walks.

Australia need 52 more.

.. and Finch falls

Naib gets him with a cutter. Finch was in that mood where he was trying to smash everything. Has a go at this slower delivery and skews it to the fielder. Out walks Usman Khawaja, who will have to justify his selection over Shaun Marsh. 96 for 1

Finch scores fifty

He started well against a spinner and never looked back. Even Rashid Khan has now gone for 14 runs in his first over, in the process delivering Finch to his fifty. Warner, at the other end, just survived a run out scare and hasn't looked at his best. Hamid Hassan has troubled him. But he's there at least.

Mujeeb with the new ball

So let's call it a trend already. Bombastic opening batsmen staring at you? Start with a spinner. Just that here, unlike how it transpired for Tahir vs Englland, Mujeeb has been hit for 10 runs in the first over. How many overs will Australia take to chase this? We need something special from Rashid Khan if we are to have any other result tonight.

Afghanistan 207 all out.

It wasn't an easy initiation to World Cup 2019 for Afghanistan. Finding it difficult against Australia's pace and bounce in Bristol, they went on to be bowled out for 207 in 38.2 overs but not without a fight, much like we have come to expect from them. Najibullah Zadran scored run-a-ball fifty to revive them from 77 for 5, and Rashid Khan's 11-ball 27 raced the score past 200, giving their host of spinners a shot at defending the score. But Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa were superlative, picking three wickets each to announce Australia's versatility with pace and spin in this tournament. Join us back for their chase!

Head over here to read Adam Zampa's mid-innings interview. He says how Australia's intensity was "lacking in the middle overs"

Rashid, oh Rashid

He's tearing into Australia here. Marcus Stoinis has just been pasted for 21 runs in one over. Two fours, two sixes. And you know what, that's rubbed off on Mujeeb at the other end too. And he's hit Pat Cummins for a few runs in the next over. The show doesn't last for too long but Rashid's 11-ball 27 has raced Afghanistan past 200 here.

Well.. Najibullah also out

He's fallen in the same over, and to short ball. So after a reassuring 83-run partnership, Australia among the wickets again. Marcus Stoinis has done the trick for them. He had bowled his first five over for only 14 runs, and comes back at a time when Najibullah and Naib were going strong. Use the white marker, people. Because Afghanistan might be bundled up sooner than you think.

Fifty for Najibullah, Naib out

Happened one after the other. Najibullah Zadran gets to a fifty (with an edge off Starc over the keeper..) and all of Cardiff celebrated that. There's more Afghanistan here than Australia, clearly. And then Gulbadin Naib falls next ball. Silence. Gets into an awkward shape while playing the pull and falls to a steepler, that Carey catches. How many can Afghanistan get there? They have Rashid Khan at the crease alongside Najibullah, who's "key" as far as cliches go.

*THAT* Adam Zampa over

One One Four Four Six Six

Naib and Najibullah were building to this. Just after Nabi's wicket, Naib hit a couple of boundaries off Pat Cummins. Najibullah, too, picked up pace, and has now laid into Adam Zampa. "Runs flowing in this over," Atherton remarks after that last-ball six in the 29th over. Don't count out Australia just yet, okay?

A massive run out now

It's Nabi. "Goodness gracious! What happened there? Hare-brained running has cost Afghanistan a wicket here, that too of experienced Nabi," is how our ball-by-ball commentary reacts. Hits it to cover, is ball-watching but doesn't know that Smith's done his bit to pluck the ball out. Carey nicely moved towards the stumps, intercepts Smith's throw and finds Nabi short. 77 for 5

Vishal says: Seeing these seaming conditions in Cricket World Cup, I'm praying India shouldn't bat first against Rabada and Ngidi on the 5th of June

Rattan Kumar says: In today's world cup match, one wrist spinner is proving his importance. India have two, which could be a huge bonus

Zampa strikes ... twice

After pace, it's spin. It's the first World Cup wicket for Zampa in his first over. Shahidi runs down the track and fails to cover the spin, as Zampa pulls his length back. And it comes almost immediately after a fifty-run stand between Rahmat and Shahidi.

A bit of rebuilding and now Rahmat Shah has to go. A bit of spin on this delivery and Rahmat chips it straight to Smith at cover. Well....

Sharad Vishwakarma says: Pretty pleased with the way ICC have organised this WC 2019. Now teams like Afghanistan get the chance to play against powerhouse teams. Playing against high-quality opponents is rare

Have you read this?

Aayush Puthran is one of my favourite story-tellers. His latest work is a World Cup feature, where he talks to Mohammad Nabi about 2006, when his side lost to Hong Kong in Asia Cup qualifiers and thought it's all over for them.

Openers gone already...

Now I was just typing about Mohammad Shahzad, and how he skipped out first ball, and was bowled on his third, when Hazratullah Zazai decides to slash one from Pat Cummins behind. It's not been an easy start for them. There's pace from Australia on a pitch that has some grass. How much can they make?

TOSS: Afghanistan opt to bat

A colleague of mine, who shan't be named, is happy that Australia are bowling first here. He expects a bagful of wickets for his "favourite" bowler. The big news is that Afghanistan are playing without Afghan. Asghar Afghan. Australia have left out Shaun Marsh for Usman Khawaja, which seems like a fair call.

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan

Hello to Match# 4

Australia are peaking at the right time. If you've heard that more than once in the last few days, don't worry. It's a statement flushing the inside of our heads this past week, all through the warm-up games. They have had a year of turmoil after the ball-tampering fiasco, and were without Steven Smith and David Warner, both of whom return to the side in Australia's first World Cup game this edition.

Afghanistan themselves have been in some turmoil. Gulbadin Naib, their new captain, has openly thrown his weight behind Asghar Afghan, and now is doubly under pressure to deliver. The only World Cup game between the sides defines what one-sided in cricket means. Hariprasad Sadanandan tells the tale of that match here, but can it be different this time in Bristol? You must read Bharat Sundaresan's match preview, and the ready reckoners for Australia and Afghanistan.

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