Australia hits highest World Cup record score

Australia posted a World Cup record total of 417-6 as they beat Afghanistan by 275 runs - the biggest winning margin in the tournament's history.


Australia's 417 runs is the highest by a team in the World cup, beating India's 413 for 5 against Bermuda in 2007. Australia's score is also the third total of 400 or more runs in this World Cup. India's total against Bermuda is the only instance of a 400-plus score from the previous World Cups. This was only the second instance of Australia scoring 400-plus in an ODI after the famous 438 match in Johannesburg.

Earlier David Warner made Australia's highest World Cup individual score of 178 beating the 158 of Matthew Hayden against West Indies at Antigua in 2007.

He was just seven short of Shane Watson's record in all ODIs of 185 not out against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2011.

Warner's 260-run second wicket partnership with Steve Smith, who went on to 95, was an Australian ODI record beating the 252 of Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson against England at Centurion in 2009. It was also only the second 250-run stand by an Australian pair in ODIs.

Glenn Maxwell hit a rapid 88 off just 39 balls with six fours and seven sixes.

Afghanistan were then dismissed for 142, with Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc taking six wickets between them.

Australia's score surpassed the 413-5 India made against Bermuda in 2007.

It continues the pattern of bat dominating ball in this tournament as the third 400 plus score achieved in the pool stages, following South Africa's 408-5 and 411-4 against West Indies and Ireland respectively.

The winning margin beats the 257-run amount by which India beat Bermuda in Port of Spain in 2007, which was equalled five days ago by South Africa in their victory over West Indies in Sydney.

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