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Australia win by 66 runs

Afghanistan vs Australia

Australia defeat Afghanistan

Minnows beaten but not disgraced in Sharjah

Michael Clarke: Scored 75 for Australia

Asghar Stanikzai: Top-scored for Afghanistan

Australia claimed a comfortable 66-run victory in their one-off one-day international with Afghanistan in Sharjah.

Matthew Wade and captain Michael Clarke both made 75 as Australia posted a total of 272-8 in the first ever meeting between the two sides.

A stand of 86 between Asghar Stanikzai (66) and Mohammad Nabi (46) highlighted Afghanistan's brave effort but they ultimately fell well short on 206 all out as Mitchell Starc took 4-47.

Clarke won the toss and elected to have first use of a hard wicket, with David Warner hitting four boundaries as he contributed 24 to an opening stand of 37 with Wade

When Warner edged Shapoor Zadran to wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, Clarke joined Wade at the crease for a second-wicket stand of 131.

Nabi, who finished with 2-50, ended wicket-keeper Wade's 108-ball innings with a sharp return catch and removed debutant Glenn Maxwell for two in his next over.

Stumped

Clarke was stumped off Samiullah Shenwari after facing 94 balls and hitting three fours and two sixes, but Michael Hussey (49) and George Bailey (23) provided some late impetus.

Afghanistan lost opener Javed Ahmadi for a duck and Sadiq made 17 with three fours before, like Ahmadi, he was bowled by Starc.

Shahzad made 11 and captain Nawroz Mangal failed to score, but from 49-4 Stanikzai and the initially slow-scoring Nabi enjoyed a fruitful partnership.

Nabi's six from his 26th ball trebled his score, but he then cut loose, making 46 from 60 with four sixes and three fours.

Any serious thoughts of chasing the target had been put to one side as the minnows simply enjoyed the experience, and Stanikzai advanced to a measured half-century from 95 balls with only three boundaries.

He then hit three more in one Starc over before dragging the last ball straight to Clarke at mid-wicket and though Gulbodin Naib hit three sixes in his 22 from 17 balls, Australia wrapped up a easy win.

Match Details

Date
25th Aug 2012
Toss
Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Sharjah CA Stadium, UAE
Umpires
B F Bowden and S Raza

afghanistan BATTING CARD

Batsman R
K.S. Khan b M A Starc 17
J.J. Ahmadi b M A Starc 0
Stanikzai c Clarke b M A Starc 66
M.S. Mohammadi c Pattinson 11
N.K. Mangal lbw b Pattinson 0
Nabi b Johnson 46
Shenwari b M A Starc 14
N. Zadran c Johnson 0
G.G. Naib c Pattinson 22
D. Zadran c Hussey b Doherty 8
Zadran not out 1
Extras 11w, 1b, 9lb 21
Total All Out, 43.5 Overs 206
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Pattinson 9 1 46 3
M A Starc 9 1 47 4
Johnson 9 1 34 2
Doherty 7.5 1 34 1
Maxwell 5 2 21 0
Hussey 2 0 8 0
Clarke 2 0 6 0
Full Bowling Card