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Australia beats Afghanistan by 66 runs

 Afghanistan wicket keeper attempts a stumping as Australian batsman Matthew Wade looks on at the one day international cricket match in Sharjah, Unit...
 Australian batsman Michael Clarke reacts to a failed appeal by Afghanistan team during their one day international cricket match at the Sharjah Crick...
 Australian batsman Matthew Wade (right), hits a ball past Afghanistan's wicketkeeper Mohammed Shehzad at the one day international cricket match held...
 Afghan cricket fans enjoying the one day international cricket match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Aug. ...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Afghanistan wicket keeper attempts a stumping as Australian batsman Matthew Wade looks on at the one day international cricket match in Sharjah, Unit...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Australian batsman Michael Clarke reacts to a failed appeal by Afghanistan team during their one day international cricket match at the Sharjah Crick...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Australian batsman Matthew Wade (right), hits a ball past Afghanistan's wicketkeeper Mohammed Shehzad at the one day international cricket match held...

Mideast Emirates Australia Afghanistan Cricket

Afghan cricket fans enjoying the one day international cricket match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Aug. ...

Australia beat Afghanistan by 66 runs Sunday in a one-off one-day international that went some way to proving that the war-torn nation can compete with the world's cricketing elite.
A boisterous crowd of mostly Afghan expatriates braved the hot and humid conditions in the United Arab Emirates to watch their team play only its second ODI against a test-playing nation. Mohammad Nabi and Asghar Stanikzai put up an 86-run partnership to make the match interesting though Afghanistan never seriously threatened the 273-run target.
Afghanistan's reply got off to a woeful start when opener Javed Ahmadi was bowled out by Mitchell Starc (4-47) for a third-ball duck. Starc struck again four overs later to remove the other opener, Karim Sadiq, for 17 runs.
Earlier, Matthew Wade and captain Michael Clarke put on a 131-run partnership to anchor Australia's innings of 272-8.