Twitter Reactions: Tons from Aaron Finch, Steve Smith drive Australia to 66-run win over India

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Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (Image Source: @Cricketcomau)
  • Australia defeated India by 66 runs in first ODI at Sydney on Friday.

  • Finch smashed his 17th ODI hundred while Smith scored his 10th century.

Australia thrashed India by 66 runs in the first One Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday.

Chasing a humungous target of 375, India started pretty well as the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal added 53 runs in first five overs. However, soon the hosts came back as Josh Hazlewood drew the first blood in form of Mayank (22).

Hazlewood did not just stop there; in the 10th over he got the big wicket of Virat Kohli (21). The India skipper did play some impressive shots but failed to hang on in the middle for a longer time.

The home team gave two more blows to the tourists by removing Shreyas Iyer (2) and KL Rahul (12). India were 101/4 when Adam Zampa dismissed Rahul, and that’s when Dhawan along with Hardik Pandya decided to steady the ship.

The duo stitched together a partnership of 128 runs for the fifth wicket. Both were looking set to cruise through before Dhawan (74) in an attempt to clear the mid-off region against Zampa ended up giving a simple catch to Mitchell Starc.

Zampa provided yet another breakthrough, and this time it was none other than Hardik who was reaching close to his hundred. Hardik scored a brilliant 90 off 76 deliveries with the help 7 fours and 4 towering sixes.

In the end, India only managed to reach 308/8, losing the contest by 66 runs.

Powerful batting display propel Australia to 374/6

Earlier, skipper Aaron Finch’s 17th ODI hundred, followed by Australia’s third fastest century in the 50-over format from Steve Smith took hosts to a massive score of 374/6.

The Aussies started their innings on a high note as Finch along with David Warner put together the opening stand of 156 runs before Mohammed Shami dismissed Warner who scored 69 runs of 76 balls.

Finch continued the boundary-scoring process and formed a 108-run partnership with Smith for the second wicket. The Australian skipper smashed 114 off 124 balls before departing in the 40th over.

Glenn Maxwell also chipped in with a crucial cameo of 45 runs from just 19 deliveries. Soon, Smith went on to score his 9th ODI hundred before Shami cleaned him up in the final over of Australian innings.

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