ICC World Cup 2019: Match 4, Afghanistan vs Australia – Statistical Preview

ICC World Cup 2019: Match 4, Afghanistan vs Australia – Statistical Preview

Here are the key stats and numbers ahead of the game between Australia and Afghanistan.

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The defending champions Australia will face Afghanistan in their first game of the World Cup 2019 at the County Ground in Bristol. The two sides faced off in the previous edition of the CWC where the Aussies ended up registering the highest total of the World Cup. However, the Afghans have come a long way in these four years as they won the Qualifiers competition last year to make it to this 10-team tournament. The Aussies are boosted by the return of their star players David Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc.

Here are the key stats and numbers ahead of the game between Australia and Afghanistan:

1 – This game against Australia will be Afghanistan’s first-ever International match on England soil. After this game, Afghanistan would have left to play an International game in Pakistan and in their own country among the 12 full member nations. Afghanistan’s home bilateral series have been hosted by UAE and India.

1-1 – Australia have played two ODIs in Bristol winning in one and losing in another. They defeated England while chasing 269 in 2001 and lost while defending their total of 252/9 in 2005 also against England.

2 – Afghanistan faced Australia on two instances – Once in an ODI in 2012 which they lost by 66 runs while chasing a target of 273 while another in the World Cup 2015 where Aussies recorded the highest CWC total of 417/6.

5Steve Smith scored a fifty in each of his last five innings at the World Cup 2015. He is the only player with five consecutive fifty-plus scores in the Men’s World Cup. Australia’s Ellyse Perry achieved this feat in the Women’s World Cup.

7-2 – Afghanistan won seven of their last nine ODI matches when they were chasing a target. One of those two defeats includes a 3-run defeat against Bangladesh in last year’s Asia Cup where they failed to score eight runs in the last over.

8 – Australia won each of their last 8 matches in the ODI format. Prior to this streak, the Aussies won only four out of 28 ODI matches. They lost 22 out of those remaining 24 matches while two ended without a result.

11.58 – Pat Cummins’ bowling average across his last five ODI matches read 11.58. The speedster bagged 17 wickets in his last five ODIs at a strike rate of 16 and picked up his maiden ODI 5-fer.

1000 – Marcus Stoinis aggregated 963 runs in the ODI format thus far. He needs to score 37 more runs to become the 45th player to score 1000 ODI runs for Australia. Their off-spinner Nathan Lyon needs four more runs to complete 1000 International runs having scored 996 till date.

1000 – Hashmatullah Shahidi needs 22 more runs for completing 1000 runs in International cricket. He scored 978 runs across 34 International matches. Rashid Khan (941) is also 59 runs away from the four-figure milestone in international cricket.