Aaron Finch: The Australian captain led from the front to score a marvelous 17th ODI century in the first international match of summer.
During the first ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, Australia captain Aaron Finch registered his 17th ODI century to lead from the front after winning the toss and opting to bat on a high-scoring pitch.
Finch, who opened the batting with David Warner (69), was initially cautious especially against the likes of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Known to convert his starts into significant scores, Finch never looked to throw away the opportunity of punishing the Indian bowlers in the first match.
Having scored 28* (37) in the first powerplay, Finch gave continued to build his innings by laying emphasis on running between the wickets. With Warner doing better than him as far as the strike rate was concerned, the opening batsmen from Australia put together a 100-run partnership.
It was on the third delivery of the ninth over when Finch ran a single off India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to complete his half-century. While Finch sort of slowed down after completing his half-century, the same wasn’t a concern as Finch compensated for it going ahead into the innings.
After Warner was dismissed by India fast bowler Mohammed Shami in the 28th over, Steven Smith joined Finch to thwack the Indian attack. While his fluent half-century overshadowed Finch’s century, it wasn’t much long before the 34-year old player ran a single off Yuzvendra Chahal to reach the three-figure mark.
Twitter reactions on Aaron Finch:
17th ODI hundred for Aaron Finch and his second of the year.
— ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2020
virat has been waiting on finch to show this kind of form for weeks! #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 27, 2020
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 27, 2020
#RCB fans asking if there are two players called Aaron Finch!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 27, 2020
Finch for Finch for RCB
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 27, 2020
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