Australia, on Friday, started their home season with a thumping 66-run win over India in the first ODI of the three-match series. Defending 374, Australia restricted India to 308 for 8 to take the lead in the series.
Aaron Finch’s decision to bat first turned out to be a right one as the hosts piled up a mammoth total of 374 for 6 in the allotted 50 overs. The Australia skipper (114), Steve Smith (111), David Warner (69) and Glenn Maxwell (45) starred with the bat to power their side to a huge total.
Aaron Finch and David Warner gave Australia a solid start by adding 156 runs for the first wicket. It was followed by a 108-run stand between Finch and Smith. While Finch and Warner laid the platform for the big total, Smith and Maxwell made sure their side score big. Smith scored a 62-ball ton while Maxwell slammed 45 off just 19 balls.
In reply, India ended their innings on 308 for 8. The Men in Blue were off to a good start with Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal adding 50 runs in just 4.1 overs. However, they lost four wickets in quick succession to find themselves 101 for 4. Hardik Pandya and Dhawan then steadied the ship and added 128 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter departed for 74.
18 runs later, Pandya departed too after registering his highest ODI score – 90 as India were reduced to 247 for 6. The likes of Navdeep Saini and Ravindra Jadeja then helped the visitors cross the 300-run mark.
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Here is what Aaron Finch said:
Speaking at the end of the game, Aaron Finch pointed out that he and his teammates are yet to spend enough time together. He then went on to lavish praise on his teammates for their batting efforts.
“We’ve barely been together as a team, half in quarantine and half training at SCG. There was no conscious effort to say we’re going to go and target X,Y,Z. As partnerships grow you work it out. Each guy has different strengths and weaknesses,” said Aaron Finch.
“Davey is moving beautifully, something he’s been working on. Smudge was different class altogether. And Maxi, that rare ability he’s got to almost just click his fingers and put pressure back on the opposition. Super skill, some of those reverses were extraordinary,” he added.