Warner, Finch unbeaten knock against India in the first match of the series

Australia won their first ODI after a long break of more than six months. Australia grab their first win in the series of 3 ODIs by unbeaten knock from their both openers. By making a record-breaking partnership, Australia defeated India by 10-wickets and also extended their unbeaten run against India in ODIs to four.

Warner and finch both scored century in the first match of the series and gave Australia Lead in the series. D.Warner scored 128 runs from 112 balls and clinched man of the match while A. Finch scored 110 in 114 balls.

Warner said after match, “For us it was coming out here and making a mark, from where we left off in the World Cup…It’s our first ODI this summer and it’s all about trying to put clinical performances out there. We’ve got a great unit, a great bunch of guys together. We’ve got a great bowling unit, we’ve got pace, spin, and in our batting, we got great depth, power, we got guys who can work it around in the middle as well, who can accelerate. I think at the moment we’ve got great stability and it’s good to see.”
While praising Finch’s inning he also added, “I always think that when you come to Wankhede – we had our first training session under lights – it always swings with a little bit of seam movement. Fortunately, tonight, I think they over-pitched a little bit to Finch. He was able to get on the front stool (foot) and put them away. There are days as a batsman when they are not going to fielders but going in the gaps. One or two going to fielders can put you a bit back in confidence. But tonight, was making the most of those over-pitched deliveries and we got off to a good start.”
The most pleasing thing for me to see from the other end was Finch transferring his weight on to the ball very well. He talks about not doing that as consistently but tonight was probably the best, I’ve ever seen him bat. Credit goes to him, the way he played was fantastic. It was just great to have that winning partnership and be clinical there and none down.
I was hitting them well in England in the nets but couldn’t get a run on the board. For me it’s about…I’ve got the hunger and desire to score runs all the time. I look back at that phase (in England) and it was just a small hiccup and as I said, I wasn’t out of form, I was out of runs. I’m really making the most of it at the moment. My feet are moving well, I’m getting my head over the front leg, weight’s going through the ball – all those small things are actually coming into play. When you’re in that kind of form and touch, when everything is going well for you, you got to make sure that you’re practicing the same, doing all the hard work,” he added.
“I look back at the beginning against Pakistan, I trained a lot leading into that first Test match. Justin Langer noted to be that I’ve been batting for two hours every net session, which is unlike me. But I didn’t play the Shield game leading into it and I felt I needed to bat time. I think it helped me in real good stead for the summer. Those first two Test matches out there, as much as I enjoyed batting and scoring those runs, it was the training that I was actually enjoying a lot as well.”

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