Afghanistan's World Cup preparation tour of Australia and New Zealand got off to a poor start as they crashed to a seven wicket defeat against a Western Australia XI in Perth today.
With the game delayed from Sunday, when rain caused it to be cancelled, Afghanistan were put into bat. They were unable to build any significant partnership, with the Western Australia bowlers remaining firmly on top throughout the innings. Mohammad Nabi top scored for the visitors with 35 as they were bowled out for 114 in under 30 overs.
Andrew Tye was the pick of the bowlers for the home side, taking 4-30. Matt Dixon also bowled well, taking 3-24 from his eight overs.
The Western Australia XI had little trouble chasing down their target, and did so in 33.3 overs to win by seven wickets. Captain William Bosisto top scored for them with an unbeaten 43.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow before Afghanistan move on to Canberra for two games against the New South Wales Second XI.
Western Australia XI beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth, 22 September
Afghanistan 114 (28.5 overs, Mohammad Nabi 35, A Tye 4-30, M Dixon 3-24)
Western Australia XI 116-3 (33.3 overs, W Bosisto 43*)