Australia's Warner and Finch smash tons to thrash India in first ODI

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

Australia: 258 for no loss in 37.4 overs (David Warner 124 not out, Aaron Finch 110 not out).

The inclusion of three openers, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in the team, led to a drop in skipper Virat Kohli's batting position.

The manner of India's defeat, which came after dominating limited overs series wins against West Indies and Sri Lanka, has left the hosts with plenty to ponder ahead of the second game in Rajkot on Friday.

But it was the left-right batting pair of Warner and Finch that put together the highest partnership of 258 for any wicket in ODIs against India.

The duo chased down the below-par 255 run total in just 37.4 overs easily as they remained glued to the middle till the very end.

"I think I've always had the hunger and desire for runs", Warner said after getting the man of the match award.

"It was a great effort from our bowlers in the afternoon".

He and Finch started the chase in belligerent fashion, putting on 84 runs in the first powerplay.

Both reached their tons, with Finch scoring 110* in 114 balls, while Warner scoring 128* in 112 balls.

Australia's progress might have been less relentless had Shardul Thakur's appeal for a leg-side catch when Warner had made five been upheld - but the batsman's review proved successful. Shreyas Iyer failed to get going while Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja got the starts but could not capitalise on them as India ended up posting a below par total.

Warner took full advantage, cutting Jasprit Bumrah past point to bring up his 18th ODI century from 88 balls - as well as the 200 partnership - in the 31st over.

The left-hander was powerful all around the ground, drastically upping the scoring rate from a World Cup previous year where he also hit three centuries.

Finch completed his 16th century in the format, his innings of unbeaten 110 studded with 13 fours and two sixes.

India had earlier been bowled out for 255, with Mitchell Starc claiming 3-56. The Indian cricket board said Pant, who did not come out to keep wicket and was replaced behind the stumps by Rahul, was under observation.

India, ranked second in ODIs in the world, suffered a mid-innings collapse to be bundled out for 255 in the 50th over of their innings after Australia captain Finch won the toss and opted to field in the first of the three-match series.

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