Australia rewrote the record books with a monster win over minnows Afghanistan at the WACA. Making just their third appearance of the tournament – and their first since a cliff-hanger loss to New Zealand – the co-hosts chalked up a World Cup record total of 417 for the loss of 6 wickets.
The plucky Afghanistan side was bowled out for 142, giving Australia a 275-run win – another unprecedented World Cup mark.
David Warner scored a blistering 178 off 133 balls, featuring 19 fours and five sixes, sharing in a 260-run stand with Steve Smith (95 off 98) after Aaron Finch departed early.
But it was Glenn Maxwell that stole the limelight with some extraordinary stroke-play. ‘The Big Show’ was at his inventive, devastating best as he brought up 50 in just 21 balls, eventually dismissed for 88 off only 39 balls as he plundered six boundaries and seven sixes.
Shane Watson was left out of the side, with Smith coming at No.3. James Faulkner was brought into the side but made just 7 after coming in at No.5.
Taking to the cleaners by the Kiwis, Mitchell Johnson hit back with 4/22 off 7.3 overs, while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood took two wickets apiece.