Australia set a new World Cup record of highest team total with 417-6 as beat Afghanistan by 275 runs in pool A clash. It was the biggest margin of victory by runs in the history of World Cup. David Warner’s 178 runs from 133 balls, Steve Smith’s passionate 95-run innings and Glenn Maxwell’s 39-ball 88 innings helped Australia to score 400 plus runs. Both Warner and Smith added 260 runs in the second wicket stand. It was the record Australian partnership for any wicket.
Afghanistan were bowled out for 142. They were dominant by Australian bowlers. Mitchell Johnson caused the main havoc in the Afghanistan batting line up taking 4 wickets for 22 while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood took two wickets apiece.
Australia broke the previous record of 413-5 made by India against Bermuda in 2007. Their score was the third 400 plus runs in this tournament after South Africa’s 408-5 and 411-4 against West Indies and Ireland respectively.