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Summary

  1. Warner hits unbeaten 89 for Australia - booed after reaching 50
  2. Finch hammers 66 off 48 balls after Australia's pace bowlers dominate in Bristol
  3. Afghanistan lost both openers for ducks after choosing to bat first
  4. Najibullah top-scores with 51, sharing 83-run partnership with Gulbadin (31) for sixth wicket
  5. Three wickets each for Cummins and leg-spinner Zampa

Live Reporting

By Thomas Mallows and Callum Matthews

All times stated are UK

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    And that's it from me. Australia begin their World Cup campaign with a comfortable victory. You can read Adam Williams' match report from Bristol right here.

    Next up is South Africa against Bangladesh from The Oval tomorrow. We will again bring you ball-by-ball commentary and video clips from 10am. Make sure you join us then.

    Thank you and good night.

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    Steve Smith fell for 18 - much to the delight of some sections of the crowd. But Glenn Maxwell smashed his first ball for four to seal the win for Australia.

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    David Warner was more measured but effective all the same. He ended on 89 not out from 114 balls.

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    Aaron Finch led from the front with the bat for Australia - hitting 66 from just 49 balls.

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    Rahmat Shah and Najibullah Zadran led the recovery though with some lusty blows.

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    In case you missed it earlier, Australia made a great start with the ball, reducing Afghanistan to 5-2.

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    Mel Jones

    Ex-Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Afghanistan lost early wickets but you don't want to just hand it over and not bat through and that's what they did.

    They could have added another 30-50 and made it a bit more difficult for Australia.

  8. 'I feared the worst'

    Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib: "Australia are a champion side so you can't have any mistakes. When we didn't have a good start I did fear the worst slightly. We were on the back foot but Rahmat Shah batted well.

    "With the ball Hamid Hassan bowled well, he suits English conditions and that's good for the team. It's a good sign.

    "I'm hoping we get some spin by the middle of the tournament. Credit goes to Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman for how they bowled on this sort of wicket."

    Gulbadin Naib
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    Australia captain Aaron Finch: "There’s a bit of nerves, we’ve been training for so long, we were probably ready to go three or four days ago. So it is good to get a win first up and get those nerves out of the way early.

    On David Warner: "It was a very important innings. He was struggling with his timing early on but he kept hanging in there. That was great for him to kick on and do really well for us.

    On whether net run rate was a consideration: "I think when you get into a winning position then you think about that, it’s important you don’t look too far ahead. They have some very good spinners so if you don’t take that into consideration you are playing with fire."

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    Here's the moment Australia won.

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    Mel Jones

    Ex-Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Aaron Finch at the top of the order getting off to a quick start and David Warner getting runs, it'll end up being key I think.

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    Australia batsman David Warner: "It was a great win, a good start and now we just have to keep this ball rolling.

    "There were a few nerves getting into the groove and the full intensity of training but I soon relaxed when Finchy got going in the middle

    "I’ve been playing Twenty20 cricket for the past few months and not really moving my feet so it was good to get back into the rhythm.

    "It’s about getting this first victory and moving onto the West Indies. There’s a great buzz and energy about this team at present, we’ve got one on the board and we move on."

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    Mel Jones

    Ex-Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    David Warner is still getting back into the groove.

    He had a good IPL but getting back into the Australian camp is a different beast.

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    So it was all about David Warner in the end. Here is one of his many wonderfully-timed late cuts for four.

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    Mel Jones

    Ex-Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia will be reasonably happy with that.

    It was convincing on the scoreboard but they have could have done it a lot quicker.

    Aaron Finch had a good day, I thought his fielding positions, particularly for Adam Zampa, were spot on. And he led the cause with the bat.

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    David Warner raises his bat as he strides off the field. It wasn't his most explosive innings but it proved the backbone to Australia's win.

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    Geoff Lemon

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    Australia comfortably and casually win their opening game.

  18. Australia win by seven wickets

    Aus 209-3

    Glenn Maxwell smacks his first ball for four to complete the victory for Australia!

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    Geoff Lemon

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    The crowd go up in a great cheer for that wicket.

    Then the chorus of boos start.

  20. WICKET

    Smith c Hazratullah b Mujeeb 18 (Aus 205-3)

    It means little to the overall result but it's a wicket all the same. Steve Smith flails at a wide one and edges it straight to short third man. Boos great Smith as he walks off.

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