Afghanistan's poor start to their World Cup preparation tour continued today as they lost their second match to a Western Australia XI in Perth.
Batting first after winning the toss, Western Australia's innings started with a 46 run opening partnership between John Rogers and Marcus Harris. Afghanistan's bowling was much improved from yesterday's match, with Sharafuddin Ashraf taking 3-33.
Tom Beaton top scored for the home side with 87, putting on 71 for the seventh wicket with Nathan Rimmington just as they looked in trouble on 150-6. Western Australia went on to score 235 before losing their last wicket in the final over of their innings.
Afghanistan never really got going in their reply, and were bowled out for 142 to lose by 93 runs. No one bowler stood out for the hosts, with six bowlers all taking one or two wickets.
Afghanistan will be disappointed with their start to this World Cup preparation tour, especially as the UAE played better against what was arguably a stronger Western Australia side last week. They will be hoping for improvement when they play the New South Wales Second XI in Canberra on Friday and Sunday.
Western Australia XI beat Afghanistan by 93 runs
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth, 23 September
Western Australia XI 235 (49.1 overs, T Beaton 87, N Rimmington 39, Sharafuddin Ashraf 3-33)
Afghanistan 142 (42.2 overs)