Australia v/s England: Aaron Finch’s 107 take Aussies beyond 300 in 1st ODI
An Aaron Finch century was the cornerstone of an imposing Australian total in the first one- day international against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
After being sent in to bat by England captain Eoin Morgan, the home side posted 304 for eight from their 50 overs.
Finch’s century was backed by fifties from Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis as Australia recovered from a shaky start in which the tourists finally managed to get bogeyman Steve Smith cheaply.
Fresh from scoring three centuries as Australia won the Ashes 4-0, Smith looked in commanding touch again as he scored at better than a run a ball, but was caught behind from the bowling of spinner Adil Rashid for just 23.
Dangerman David Warner lasted just five balls — and one of those was a dropped catch — in making two.
But burly opener Finch filled the void with a dashing hundred, his ninth in one-day internationals and fourth against England.
Finch set the tone when he hit two of the first three balls he faced for four and struck the ball powerfully in making 107, smashing 10 fours and three sixes.
He brought up his century from the 112th ball he faced with his third six, …read more