Australia crack record World Cup score in Afghanistan thrashing

Ross McLean
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CO-HOSTS Australia smashed a World Cup record total of 417-6 during their 275-run mauling of Afghanistan in Perth yesterday.

Opener David Warner smacked 178 while Steve Smith hit 95 and Glenn Maxwell 88 as Australia surpassed India’s 413-5 against Bermuda in Port of Spain in 2007.

The winning margin was also a tournament high and surpassed the 257-run milestone set by India against Bermuda eight years ago, a feat equalled when South Africa thrashed West Indies last Friday.

Australia are third in Pool A after posting their second victory in four matches, three points behind New Zealand, who have already qualified for the last eight.

Pakistan, meanwhile, wrapped up a routine 129-run success against United Arab Emirates in Napier to boost their hopes of sealing qualification from Pool B and making the quarter-finals.