The Afghanistan cricket team marks its maiden appearance at cricket’s mega event but their journey was not the smoothest
Australia finished second in Pool A after Mitchell Starc bowled the World Cup co-hosts to a seven-wicket victory against Scotland in a match that lasted just 41 overs at the Bellerive Oval.
Starc (4-14) and Pat Cummis (3-42) set up Australia’s facile victory with hostile spells of pace bowling as Scotland collapsed to be all out for 130 in the 26th over.
Opening the innings to give himself some valuable batting time, skipper Michael Clarke top-scored with a run-a-ball 47 as Australia chased down the target in the 16th over.
Australia cruised in the chase but Shane Watson (24) and Clarke fell in successive overs before rain forced the players off the ground.
When play resumed, David Warner and James Faulkner looked in a great hurry to finish the match before another rain intervention and they milked 41 runs in two overs to seal the team’s fourth win of the tournament.
Warner blasted 21 runs off the six balls he faced while Faulkner plundered 16 off as many.
Scotland finished their campaign with a sixth successive defeat.
Scotland 130 all out in 25.4 overs (Machan 40, Starc 4-14)
Australia 133-3 in 15.2 overs (Clarke 47, Taylor 1-29)