Australia vs India, 1st ODI: Aaron Finch slams 17th ODI hundred to put hosts in a commanding position

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Aaron Finch

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch , leading from the front, slammed his 17th ODI hundred to provide his side with a robust start against visitors India in the first game at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Finch opened the floodgates after a cautious start as he and fellow opener David Warner stitched a century opening stand to put Australia in a commanding position.

The experienced opening pair notched up 150 against a hapless Indian bowling unit. Mohammed Shami provided India with the breakthrough by dismissing Warner in the 28th over. The southpaw departed after scoring 69 off 76 deliveries. 

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Finch, however, stuck in the middle to keep the scoreboard ticking. With occasional boundaries and singles, he played a captain’s knock and reached the three-figure mark in the 39th over bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal. The right-hander weaved his impressive knock around 7 fours and 2 sixes. Finch also became the second-fastest Australian batsman to score 5,000 runs in ODIs.

Earlier in the innings, Finch reached his 28th half-century in the 19th over. The Finch-Warner duo also became the first pair to build four 150+ partnerships against a team in the ODI format. To assist Finch after Warner’s dismissal, Steve Smith hit a flurry of boundaries and scored a brisk half-century in the middle overs.

In the recently-concluded IPL 2020, Finch had a below-par season for the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side. While opening the innings with youngster Devdutt Padikkal, Finch managed to score 268 runs in 12 games at an underwhelming average of 22.33.

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